Staley shuts out St. Joseph Central

By Matt Gleaves The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 6, 2013 - 11:38 PM

The first drive of Wednesday’s Class 5 District 8 semifinal at North Kansas City District Activities Complex provided insight into what awaited Central.

Big plays from Staley overshadowed a small positive for the Indians, and the second-seeded Falcons rolled to a 38-6 win. Central (6-5) saw its season end for the second straight year against Staley in the same postseason round despite a career-high 223 yards and a touchdown from running back Derek Gray.

“It was a tough one for us senior-wise because it was our last game,” said Gray, who accumulated 33 carries. “It was a very emotional game, and we left it all out there. Staley is a great team, and you have to come out and fight every play. We did that; they just came out on top.”

Staley bounced back from a pair of first-half turnovers, including fumbling a punt four plays into the game, to improve to 4-0 all-time against Central.

The third-seeded Indians netted only 3 yards and punted on their first drive, but Faizol Bouchard fumbled the attempt at catching the kick, and Central’s Eric Siemens picked it up at the Staley 34-yard line. After a Gray 15-yard run and offsides penalty against the Falcons moved Central to the 14, Staley defensive back Jacob Pfender stepped in front of a slant route and returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown that provided the Falcons the only lead needed.

Staley (6-4) – which received a first-round bye in the six-team bracket – rattled off 38 straight points.

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