St. Joe Central tops Raytown South

By Phil Ewrin The St. Joseph News Press
Posted: September 14, 2012 - 11:33 PM



Following a scoreless first half, Central refused to accept any more stagnancy.

The Indians’ ball-hawking defense paved the way for three unanswered second-half touchdowns, and the Indians pumped new enthusiasm into an oft-frustrating campaign with a 20-6 win Friday against bitterly-viewed Raytown South at Noyes Field.

Central (2-2, 0-1 Suburban League Red) intercepted off-the-shelf quarterback Deallon Walton three times, forced three second-half turnovers on downs and never allowed the Cardinals offense into the red zone. The Indians’ opportunism and lowest offensive output allowed this season — 167 total yards — bailed out an offense bereft of consistency.

“We had to get it together,” said linebacker Daniel Baker, who returned a pass 49 yards for a score early in the third. “Getting that win was

awesome. ... People said it was a revenge game. I didn’t see it as a revenge game. I looked at it as another opportunity to get better as we move forward in our season.”

Nevertheless, the psychological lift avenged an 8-0 loss in last season’s Class 5 regional.

Raytown South (1-3, 1-1 Suburban League Blue) dropped down to the Class 4 ranks this season, but a victory heading into conference play didn’t lose any meaning for Central, especially after 56-13 and 42-14 beatdowns at the hands of powerhouses Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit West.

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