East Buchanan outlasts West Platte

By Chris Bils The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 5, 2014 - 11:22 PM



In a game that was fast, wild and full of mistakes, things slowed down for East Buchanan junior quarterback Colby Rapp.

The area’s leading passer picked apart West Platte’s defense for 406 yards and three touchdowns on the way to a 50-36 win in the KCI opener for both teams Friday night.

 

“He’s grown as a quarterback,” coach Kevin Bryan said. “He had starts as a freshman and sophomore, but this is his team this year and you can see him developing week-to-week.”

Although Rapp and East Buchanan (3-0, 2-0 KCI) had the last laugh, the Blue Jays (2-1, 0-1) did not make things easy, taking the lead three times in the first half. West Platte scored on its first drive, Kyle Tabaka running seven yards before Conner Salmons tacked on the extra point to make it 7-0.

Rapp came right back with an efficient drive that took less than two minutes and was finished off on a 20-yard burst by running back Grant Minson. The Bulldogs completed the two-point conversion to take their first lead at 8-7.

West Platte quarterback Cody Guthrie matched Rapp stride for stride in the first quarter, albeit mostly with his legs. The senior led the Blue Jays on the ground, running 20 times for 140 yards. He also threw for three touchdowns, his first going 25 yards to Henry Bertee to reclaim the lead, 13-7.

Again, Rapp led the Bulldogs right back to paydirt. A 37-yard pass to Zac Johnson led to a 3-yard Elliot Fortney plunge, and East Buchanan led 16-13 following Ryan Kilgore’s conversion.

Guthrie’s second touchdown pass found Salmons from 11 yards with just more than 11 minutes left in the second quarter, and the resulting 20-16 lead was the last the Blue Jays would see.

Rapp threw two long touchdown passes, part of a second quarter that swung the game in East Buchanan’s favor. The first went 44 yards to Johnson and the second found Nate Griffin for 47 yards.

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