Classic Cass County clash

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By Chad Grammar Special to PrepsKC
Posted: October 25, 2013 - 11:15 PM

On a night when emotions were high in Harrisonville, two teams who have a great dislike for one another put on a show. Separated by just 10 miles of highway, Pleasant Hill and Harrisonville put on a classic Cass County clash.
With a Conference title on the line, Harrisonville wanted to claim a title they have owned for most of the decade while Pleasant Hill wanted no part of sharing. What ensued was an epic title fight led by two senior quarterbacks who didn’t want to lose.
After a moment of silence in recognition of fallen hometown hero, Michael Keck, it was Pleasant Hill who came out on fire. This caused the Wildcats to go three and out and Pleasant Hill capitalized on a short field and punched it in to go up 7-0.
After that the first half belonged to Harrisonville as the Wildcats scored 21 unanswered points led by the arm and legs of Zach Davidson who engineered two long clock chewing drives with a heavy dose of himself and senior running back Austin Hopper.
In between those two drives Davidson unleashed his arm and found sophomore Wyatt Schenker for a 74-yard TD. This coupled with several great defensive plays led by No. 9 Brock Kliewer (Brock was wearing 49 in tribute to Michael Keck played the part to perfection).
After the break, coach Kyle Roach and the Roosters made their adjustments and put up 21 unanswered points led by senior quarterback Josh Shewmaker who didn’t want his counterpart to outdo him.
Shewmaker like Davidson put on a show with his arms and legs. He led three long drives the last putting Pleasant Hill up 28-21 with just over six minutes left to play. All the momentum in the world was with Pleasant Hill but Zach Davidson had other ideas.
Davidson led Harrisonville on an 80-yard TD drive using an assortment of passes and runs capped by an Austin Hopper 7-yard TD run. It was decision time for Harrisonville go for the tie or go for two and a possible win. Well Harrisonville rolled the dice and went for two and Zach Davidson found Mason Saffles in the endzone for the conversion in what seemed like a storybook ending for a whirlwind week in Harrisonville.
Pleasant Hill had other ideas with 1:18 left on the clock Harrisonville booted it deep and a good return up to midfield put Pleasant Hill in great position for a game winning drive. Shewmaker led the Roosters down to the 7-yard line and faced a third and one. Harrisonville’s defense led by No. 49 forced a sack and put Pleasant Hill in 4th and long needing a 37 yard field goal for the win. Tanner Pettet answered the bell and made the kick, won a conference title and get this possibly sets up Cass County Clash part 2 in 10 days if the teams meet again in the postseason.