West Platte rolls past Wellington-Napoleon

By Craig Sims The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 12, 2013 - 12:28 AM



West Platte shouldn’t have even in this

position.

 

After a trying regular season, the Blue Jays were long shots to host such an important postseason game, but they did and took advantage of the chance Monday night. West Platte’s 55-20 win against Wellington-Napoleon in the Class 1 District 7 title game at Rudolph Eskridge Stadium continued a surprising postseason run and sent the Blue Jays to Saturday’s quarterfinal round.

West Platte will now host again after securing an eighth playoff bid since 2001.

“We have to go to work,”

first-year West Platte coach Nate Danneman said. “I want to keep going. It’s been fun with these kids the past couple weeks. I want to see just how far we can go.”

West Platte earned the No. 3 seed in Class 1 District 7 with a 2-7 record after losing the final four games of the regular season. The Blue Jays were seventh in the KCI Conference, winning just one game in league play.

After a pair of wins and Wellington-Napoleon’s upset of top-seeded Mid-Buchanan, West Platte (5-7) ended up hosts of the district title game and reversed the result of a 35-0 Week 2 loss to the Tigers thanks to a stout running game and turnovers created.

West Platte quarterback Jack Callahan attempted only one pass, and the Blue Jays ran 34 times for 339 yards.

Five different players scored rushing touchdowns in the first half for West Platte, including two for running back Colton Goodlet. The Blue Jays led 49-0 at the break and were never truly challenged in the second half.

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