Lathrop dominates Plattsburg
By Matt Gleaves The St. Joseph News-Press
Lathrop's offense barely touched the field Thursday.
The second-seeded Mules (9-1) ran just 26 plays but capitalized on quick strikes to breeze into the second round of Class 2 District 8.
The first-round victory sets the stage for a rematch against rival Lawson next Wednesday. The Mules beat Lawson 26-21 on Sept. 21, their first victory in the annual KCI Conference rivalry since 1998. Now, Lathrop needs a second to continue a resurgent season.
"I think we played one of our cleanest games all season (in the first meeting)," Lathrop coach Mike Thompson said. "If we want to beat them again, we have to eliminate some of the negative plays and mistakes that we had tonight."
Despite the sometimes sloppy play, Lathrop dominated from the start.
The Mules took just one play to score after shutting down Plattsburg's game-opening possession. Junior Robert Askren took a counter hand-off left and raced 70 yards past the Tigers' defense for a touchdown just 5 minutes into the first quarter.
After a three-and-out on the Mules' second chance with the ball, Tyson May and Josh Hartzell punched in scores on the next two possessions, stretching the lead to 21-0 early in the second quarter.
"The offensive line was just opening up huge holes for (the running backs),"said May, a senior playing football for the first time since his freshman year who finished with 99 yards on the ground and two scores. "We were just able to find the holes and get through there and make big plays."
Plattsburg (2-8) looked to finally break through against the stifling Lathrop defense down three touchdowns, but Hartzell quickly put an end to the threat. For the rest of the story click here.
The Mules offense benefited from a defensive and special teams touchdown while the offense capitalized on its possessions at Lathrop High School. Three of Lathrop's first four possessions ended in touchdowns, the first two coming on just one play each in the Mules' 54-0 rout of Plattsburg.
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