Raytown outlasts Oak Park

By Scott Kendall PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 6, 2014 - 12:05 AM

Raytown opened up the game on a 10-play, (4:37) 80 yard drive that resulted in a 4 yard TD run by Josh Drake. Drake ran the ball 5 times during the drive for 55 yards, three runs over 10 yards. Oak Park got on the board for their first points of the game with 3:24 left in the first quarter with a Brysen Stigger 67 yard run, breaking 3-4 tackles in the process. Raytown answered Oak Park with a 55 yard TD run by the quarter back Joe Straws. Straws had 3 carries in the drive for 79 yards.

Oak Park opened the 2nd quarter with a 3-and-out and a dropped punt attempt gave the ball back to the Blue Jays on the Northmens own 27 yard line. It took Raytown’s Mike Baxter two plays to punch in a TD, a 15-yard scamper to the end zone and Montel Jones making a key block in the process. This score gave the Blue Jays a 14-point advantage. With 7:17 left in the half, Oak Park’s Stigger rattled off another 50+ yard TD run, again shedding tacklers along the way.

Raytown followed with a 3:05, 8 play, 60 yard drive that was capped off by another Drake TD, this time a 5 yard TD, up the middle, untouched. This TD was set up by Drakes 35 yard kick-off return. Oak Park found itself on its own 1-yard line on the next drive when Joey Scott was sacked by Theo Smith. Pinned back in its own end zone, the punt was kicked off the side of the foot and the ball went out of bounds at again their own 22 yard line. It looked like Raytown would take a commanding lead going into the half, when they had 1st and goal at the 6 yard line. But, Oak Park would not allow them to score and Raytown had to settle for a field goal try, which they missed. At the half, it was 28-14 Raytown.

Oak Park started off with the ball in the second half. They put together a 5 play, 65 yard drive that resulted in an 8-yard TD run by Stigger, breaking another 3-4 would be tacklers. The extra point was no good, but Oak Park was within 8 points. However on the Oak Park kickoff, Raytown’s Drake had another huge return, 79 yards before he was brought down at the 16 yard line by the kicker, Joe Dyer. The very next play, Drake put the Blue Jays on the board and with the extra point, the lead was pushed out to 15 points.

Oak Park had their best drive of the night in their next possession with a 10 play, 80 yard drive that took 3:59. This TD was again scored by Stigger on a 4 yard run, his 4th TD of the game. The score was 26-35, the Northmen were within 9 points and with one quarter left, they needed to get a defensive stop. The Blue Jays answered with a 9-play, 4:11, 83 yard drive with another Drake TD run, this one for 11 yards. With the extra point, Raytown took a demanding lead of 42-26.

In the end, it was just too much for Oak Park to overcome. The Blue Jays tacked on two more scores, one by Bixter from 9-yards out and another by Dillon Gercone from 8-yards out. Josh Drake finished the game with 19 carries for 173 yards (287 all-purpose yards) and 4 scores. Joe Straws added two TDs with 105 yards on 11 carries (9.5 yards/carry). Oak Park was led by Brysen Stigger’s 173 yards on 15 carries and 4 TDs. Marquis Caldwell chipped in with 157 yards on 16 carries, almost 10 yards per carry.

Next week, Oak Park will play William Chrisman on the road and Raytown will host Winnetonka.