Raytown outlasts Oak Park
By Scott Kendall PrepsKC staff writer
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.
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.
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