St. Joe Central routs Park Hill

By Ross Martin The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 26, 2012 - 10:21 PM



Central's players and coaches decided to make Friday night about history.

Hosting a playoff game for the first time in school annals, the Indians responded with their finest performance of the season -- perhaps the best in coach Jeff Wallace's three-year tenure. Missouri's new playoff format provided the opportunity, and Central's 43-13 decimation of Park Hill in their Class 5 District 8 first-round matchup punctuated a historic night at Noyes Field.

The sequel among Suburban League Red Division rivals looked nothing like the original when Central prevailed 32-29 on a last-minute score after a topsy-turvy game flow.

Wallace saw his group finally play up to potential after asking for a top-shelf performance when addressing his players before the rematch.

"When we put it all together — all three phases — we are very, very good. I think I used the words, 'We're scary good,'" said Wallace, who watched his offense accrue more than 300 yards of offense in the first half. "I said, 'Can we do that? Can we go four quarters and put all three together?' I think we did that tonight. I really do."

Central scored on each of its six first-half possessions, putting up four touchdowns on its first 26 plays on the way to a 37-0 halftime lead that jumpstarted a running clock for the entire second half.

After holding Park Hill to a three-and-out to open the game, the Indians needed just six plays — including three Derek Gray runs and a completion to Tyree Mayfield — to cover 49 yards and provide the opening salvo. Quarterback Jacob Kaiser's 9-yard bootleg scramble made it 7-0, and the onslaught proceeded from there.

The rest of the first half followed much of the same pattern.

Gray ran for 149 yards and totaled four touchdowns — three rushing — but Mayfield, Central's 6-foot-4 star receiver/tight end played more of a decoy role to allow others to pile up yardage. Kaiser completed passes to six different receivers, ending up with 171 yards on 11-of-14 accuracy and two scores. For the rest of the story click here.