Platte County takes care of St. Joe Benton
By Cole Young The St. Joseph News-Press
PLATTE CITY. Mo. — Before Benton could get settled in against Platte County, the Cardinals found themselves in a nearly insurmountable hole.
Behind 28 first-quarter points, Platte County cruised to a 55-7 victory in the Missouri Class 4 District 16 opener for both teams.
Much of the damage for the Pirates came on the ground. The duo of running back Joe Brown and quarterback Krae Kelso combined for 351 rushing yards and six touchdowns in the victory.
“Running the ball was definitely part of the plan for us,” said Brown, who finished with 210 yards on 16 carries. “We were able to make a statement early and just build from there.”
Behind three first-half scores from Brown, Platte County (6-2) went up 35-0 midway through the second quarter. For Benton, it was a situation where the defense simply could not come up with a way to stop the Pirates, who thrived on a series of cutback runs.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Cardinals (4-4, 2-3 MEC) who know find themselves with a pair of must-win games against conference foes Savannah and Lafayette if they want to make the playoffs.
“Right now we just stink,” Benton coach Matt Tabor said. “Bottom line is we just aren’t very good right now.”
The biggest bright spot for Benton came in the final 90 seconds of the first half. Led by quarterback Trevor Peters, the Cardinals navigated the field and scored on a 20-yard pass to Lucas Powers as time expired.
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