Staley rallies to beat Liberty North

By Scott Kendall PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 13, 2014 - 4:34 PM

Staley won the toss and deferred to the second half, giving Liberty North the ball to start things off. It took both teams a long while to get things going.

With two minutes, 30 seconds left in the first quarter, Staley sustained a long drive and looked like they would be the first team to put points on the board. The Falcons put together a 14-play drive, but the Eagles put a halt to the drive and forced a turnover on downs on their own 32 yard line. The stop got the Eagles going offensively as they put together a nine play, 68 yard drive and a 7-yard catch by Jack DeGarmo in the end zone. With the extra-point, the Eagles took a 7-0 lead.

The Eagles put up another strong front and forced the Falcons to a three-and-out. It only took three plays for the Eagles to find the end zone again. This time quarterback Brian Sharp rolled out to the right and a throw across his body to a wide open KiAndre Pugh for a 59-yard strike.

The momentum in the stadium was starting to lean towards Liberty North. The Eagles forced another three-and-out on Staley’s next possession. Liberty North pretty much finished out the half on a 9-play drive, in which Josh Crawford kicked a 23-yard field goal through the up-rights. Liberty North took a commanding lead, 17-0, going into the half.

Staley would start with the ball in the second half. Both teams battled back and forth, but Liberty North still led the game 17-0. But with 3:30 left in the third quarter, the Falcons found themselves in the end zone on a 1-yard run from quarterback Beau Baker.

Both Staley QB’s put up positive numbers in the drive. Michael Kilpatrick connected twice with Connor McCullough for 37 yards. All of this was set up by the very nice punt return of 24 yards by Conrad McMahon. With the extra point, Staley was down 10 points.

The Falcons defense stepped up big when Sam Marks stepped in front of would be receiver Jack DeGarmo and intercepted the pass on Liberty North’s own 10-yard line. Kilpattrick and McCullough connected up once more in the next drive and Baker punched it in for a 2-yard TD run. Wyatt Larson’s extra point was good and now Staley was only down three points.

Staley’s defense continued to put the pressure on Liberty North.  On the Liberty Norths next three possessions, the Eagles offense ran into a stingy Falcons defense. Liberty North managed to get only 38 total yards on 12-plays, the last play of their 3rd drive resulted in another Brian Sharp interception, this one intercepted by Monterio Whiles. In the meantime, Baker ran in another TD, his third on the night, which was all set up by the other quarter-back, Kilpatrick. He went 3-3 on the drive for 23-yards, hooking up with three different receivers. Now the momentum was on Staley’s side and they never looked back.

Running back, Conrad McMahon gave the Falcons a little bit of breather room when he scampered in from 29-yards out for a touchdown. Staley finished out the game with 28 un-answered points and took care of Liberty North in the second half of the game. Kilpatrick hooked up with six different receivers on the night, his go-to receiver was Connor McCullough who caught six passes for 76-yards, Micah Daniel had 3 receptions for 58-yards. Fellow quarter-backer, Baker had 28-yards on the ground and 3 TD’s. The Defensive standouts of the game were Stephen Lehnardt who had 7 solo tackles, a sack and 3 tackles for loss. The other standout was Keegan O’Dell who had 3 solo tackles, a sack and 2 tackles for loss.

On the flip side, Sharp went 15-38 for 222 passing yards, two TDs and two Interceptions. Richard Richardson carried the ball 24 times for 83 yards. Wide receivers, KiAndre Pugh had 8 receptions for 106 yards and TD and Jack DeGarmo had 4 catches for 94 yards and a TD. Ryan Dorian had a nice defensive line with 2 solo tackles, a half of a sack and a half of tackle for loss.

Next Week, Liberty North will host Grandview and Staley will be at the No. 1 team in Missouri Class 5, Fort Osage.