Grain Valley breezes past Odessa
By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Entering Friday night’s regular-season finale with Odessa, Grain Valley wasn’t concerned about its potential opponents when Class 4 District 7 play begins next week, according to Eagles football coach Jimmy Tucker.
“We knew we just had to win tonight,” Tucker said.
And Grain Valley did.
The Eagles scored on six of their eight first-half possessions and rolled to a 42-13 Missouri River Valley Conference West Division victory. The win ended a four-game losing streak and put the Eagles at 4-5 entering district play, which begins with a game at Pleasant Hill next Thursday. They finished 1-4 in league play.
“It was great to come out and get it over with in the first half,” Tucker said.
A balanced attacked helped Grain Valley put it away by halftime. Sophomore quarterback Kellen Holland completed 11 of 23 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns, and the Eagles racked up 201 yards and two touchdowns on 27 rushing attempts.
“The linemen blocked really well tonight,” Holland said. “They gave us a good running game.”
But it was the passing game that accounted for Grain Valley’s two first-quarter touchdowns. Holland’s 15-yard scoring pass to Zack Ehlen and 44-yard scoring pass to Hunter Ramirez helped the Eagles take a 15-0 first-quarter lead.
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