Ray-Pec beats St. Joe Central

By Phil Ervin The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 29, 2012 - 7:38 AM

Central’s up-and-down quarterback continued to germinate Friday night, and the Indians’ do-everything athlete turned in another highlight-reel performance against Raymore-Peculiar at Noyes Field.

Repeatedly hammered by larger, deeper Panthers, Central refused to go away.

But until Central can eliminate ground-game disparities like the one that doomed its chances in the nonconference clash, notions of hanging with elite Kansas City-area competition can be tossed aside like like a defensive back subject to one of wide receiver Tyree Mayfield’s stiff-arms. Ray-Pec fullback Xavier Amador encapsulated a dominant first half with three touchdown runs, and the Panthers held off a resurgent Central offense after the break for a 53-36 victory.

Mayfield, who caught three touchdown passes and made big plays in all three phases, pointed to a lack of initial oomph as the culprit in Central’s 36-7 halftime deficit.

“I think (Ray-Pec) just came out more ready to go than we did,” Mayfield said. “We all were hyped up and stuff, but I think they had a little bit of an extra edge.”

Amador proved a primary beneficiary.

After not recording a carry in the Panthers’ first four games, Amador scored from 11, 5 and 17 yards out, all on traps up the middle that complimented the their superb edge rushing attack. Speedy running back Steve Brown finished with 162 yards on 25 attempts, and Central’s defense yielded 397 yards on the ground overall.

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