Harrisonville's special teams come up big

By Chad Grammar PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: November 2, 2011 - 11:05 PM



Harrisonville’s first game of the season seems so long ago. The Wildcats special teams cost them a season opening win at Jefferson City Helias. However, tonight the special teams were the story of the game as the Wildcats dominated the Moberly Spartans 43-0 in their playoff opener. Harrisonville scored three special team touchdowns, putting the game against Moberly out of reach early.
 
In a driving rain Harrisonville decided to defer to the second half and take the wind in the first quarter. With the rain and wind pounding Moberly in the face they went three and out having to punt. With the wind blowing hard the punt went only 10 yards and with everyone standing around watching Harrisonville’s return man Brett Bearden came up, snatched up the ball and scampered 25 yards to the end zone and the rout was on.
 
As the defense continued to stifle the Spartans the special teams thrived. After a John Fuller 30 yard TD run and another three and out by Moberly, Harrisonville’s Walter Eastwood Blocked the punt and recovered it in the end zone for another Wildcat score. Just like that six minutes into the game Harrisonville was up 21-0.
 
The second quarter was all Harrisonville as well. Another long Fuller TD put the Wildcats on top 28-0. With time winding down in the first half Harrisonville turned the ball over on a fumble and Moberly had visions of putting points on the board. With 3 seconds left in the half the Spartans lined up for a 30 yard field goal, but PJ Patton burst thru the middle to block the kick and Walter Eastwood returned it 80 yards for the score as time expired in the half. Then on the extra point a bad snap caused Brett Bearden to run it in for 2 points.  

It was that kind of night for Harrisonville and its special teams in the 43-0 win. Come playoff time you want to be playing your best and the Wildcats seem to be hitting their stride. That could spell trouble for Class 4 teams.