Excelsior Springs tops Grain Valley

By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Posted: October 12, 2013 - 12:48 AM

To Grain Valley football coach Jimmy Tucker, there was only one course of action to take after Friday’s 33-22 road loss to Excelsior Springs – or as he described it, “probably our worst performance of the year.”

“Oak Grove’s not going to feel sorry for us next week, so we’ve just got to try to fix … (our mistakes) and forget it and move on,” Tucker said after the Missouri River Valley Conference West Division defeat. “That’s all you can do.”

One issue the Eagles (3-4, 0-3 MRVC West) might want to address before facing Oak Grove is ball security. They committed four turnovers against Excelsior Springs – two fumbles and two interceptions.

At times, turnovers have been an issue for the Eagles, agreed Tucker and starting quarterback Kellen Holland. When they commit turnovers, a domino effect seems to ensue, according to Holland.

“It (committing turnovers) affects the way we play,” said Holland, who completed 13 of 31 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns but also threw both interceptions.

Another issue might be run defense. Officially, Excelsior Springs (4-3, 2-1) amassed 396 yards and scored four touchdowns on 54 carries.

“I think, for the first time this year, we can say that we took care of business up front – and I think we kind of dominated up front,” Tigers coach Josh Buford said. “And then, obviously, we’ve got some special kids with the ball in their hands.”

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