Ray South cruises past Pleasant Hill
By Brian Spano PrepsKC Senior Writer
Whatever demons plagued Raytown South last week in its 25-13 loss to Platte County to close out the regular season were exorcised Friday in its 49-13 win over Pleasant Hill in the first round of the Class 4, District 7 playoffs.
So maybe it took until the second quarter before the fireworks began, but what a show.
South’s senior quarterback Devin Hannah got it going just 57 seconds into the second frame when he connected with Sean Allen on a 15-yard pass. What was so uncharacteristic about that play was that it capped an 11-play, 4:29 drive by what’s usually a quick-strike offense.
Hannah finished the night 11 for 12 for 207 yards and three touchdowns. He came out in the second half when the game was well in hand.
“Our offense came over to the sideline, and we didn’t like that,” Hannah said of the slow start to the game, “And I think we just all regrouped and picked each other up, and that’s what made us successful tonight. The coaches kept picking us up, and we went out there and executed.”
Then, on the Roosters’ ensuing drive, Cardinals junior defensive back Lance Lewis stepped in front of the man he was covering and picked off Josh Shewmaker’s pass. Forty yards later, he was in the end zone.
But less than 90 seconds later, Pleasant Hill (3-7) marched 72 yards on three plays to cut the lead to 13-7 when Shewmaker hooked up with Dillan Findley for 58 yards.
Where the game really turned for the Cardinals (6-4) and their offense was on the next drive when they decided to run it as a two-minute drill. South came back in just four plays in 1:05 to score on Justin Turner’s 30-yard run.
“Our defense gave up a few yards, but then we buckled down and got out of that first quarter, which seemed to fly thank goodness,” South head coach David Allie said. “Then we put in that little no huddle offense, and it worked pretty good for us. They adjusted defensively when we got into our four-wide and our trips and they dropped off in cover four, something a little different then they had shown.”
When the dust settled and the first half finally ended, the Cardinals led 36-7, with all points coming in the second quarter.
Both teams exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter, and then the Cardinals added another in the fourth when backup quarterback Deallon Walton hit Jared Novak for three yards. What made that score so important was that it gave South a running clock for the rest of the game.
The Cardinals will next have to travel to Bolivar Wednesday night to face the Bolivar Liberators who defeated Grain Valley Friday night. It’s a short week of preparation, but one that will have Allie and his staff burning the midnight oil.
“There are no days off,” Allie said, “We’re going to have to watch a lot of film. We come in and watch our film in the morning, then we’ll stay as coaches and watch the opponent and have it broken down because Sunday we come in as a real practice, then Monday’s a workday. Tuesday is pregame. The beast is if you keep winning, you have to keep playing on short weeks.”
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