St. Joe Central rallies to edge Platte County

By Sam Robinson The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 6, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Forced to combat a potent spread force without the benefit of a reliable counter attack for much of Friday night, Central's defense ensured there would be plenty of comeback opportunities.

"We knew to win the game we got to get off the field. We knew the offense would come through," Central senior safety Kyle Fox said. "We had to just do our part and get off the field, and we did that."

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Down double digits at halftime due to several botched opportunities in Platte County territory, the Indians didn't allow the once-proficient Pirates to trek into the red zone in the second half, and eventually Central's spread-based offense came through at the end of its drives.

The Indians scored the final 15 points at Noyes Field to grab a 15-12 victory over the Pirates, Class 4 state quarterfinalists last season.

Considering the dominant Class 5 and 6 programs on Central's schedule, this Week 2 comeback was a must.

Essentially stonewalled after executing two relatively easy first-half scoring marches, Platte County's deepest advancement into Central territory induced a decision, and the result ignited the Indians' final push.

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