Raytown rolls past Truman
By Mike Genet The Examiner
For an offense that had trouble gaining much traction all season, perhaps Truman can build on the 310 yards it compiled in Thursday’s season-ending district quarterfinal at Raytown.
But Raytown running back Josh Drake was the chief beneficiary of another season-long issue for the winless Patriots – their leaky defense. The junior rushed for 224 yards and five touchdowns on just seven carries to highlight the Blue Jays’ 48-9 win in a Class 5 District 7 playoff opener.
Raytown (5-5) advances to play Winnetonka on Wednesday, while the Patriots’ finished 0-10 in Gregg Webb’s first season at the helm, their fifth winless campaign in school history.
“We had trouble scoring points and couldn’t keep them from scoring – that’s been the issue all year,” Webb said. “At least in this game we moved the ball with some consistency.”
After a short punt gave Raytown its first possession at Truman’s 39, Drake went untouched around the left side for his first touchdown.
He added a 1-yard scoring plunge after breaking off a 90-yarder, then took a pitch right 20 yards for his third score. Michael Baxter hooked up with Dontel Jones for a 40-yard touchdown pass as Raytown needed just six offensive snaps to build a 27-0 lead with 1:38 left in first quarter (Aaron Spradley missed his second PAT kick).
Truman’s Nathan Ingle recovered a fumble at the Patriot 1 in the second quarter, but Drake busted through for a 44-yard score on the Blue Jays’ next possession. After Eugene Walls returned the second half kickoff 70 yards, Drake scored from 16 yards out to start the second half, his last carry of the night.
Delshaun Higgins’ added 97 yards on seven carries for the Blue Jays, including a 36-yard touchdown on the last snap of the third quarter.
“It was a good night for us,” Raytown coach Kevin Page said. “We got on the board quickly, did what we needed to offensively and the defense kept them out of the end zone. Josh is a great kid, a humble kid who’s complimentary of his offensive line.”
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