Ray-Pec rallies past St. Joe Central
By Adam Burns St. Joseph News-Press
A promising start proved not enough for Central Friday night.
The Indians jumped out to an early lead, but 28 unanswered points allowed Raymore-Peculiar to roll to a 42-21 victory at Noyes Field.
“We have so many guys that are having to play both ways and they straight two-platooned,” Central coach Jeff Wallace said. “That’s what happens when our team wears down when we can’t two-platoon. We all saw what you get when you see two fresh teams. When our team plays their team fresh, it’s tied up 14-14.”
The Indians offense charged for a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Central junior quarterback Jacob Hess had his offense clicking out of the gate with a toss to freshman Cade Musser just under nine minutes to play in the first quarter for the first score.
Sophomore Israel Smith scampered for a 51-yard score to temporary put the Indians up 14-0 with 6:33 remaining in the first quarter. Smith finished with a team-high 106 yards rushing, the second time he has eclipsed the 100-yard mark this season.
It felt real good getting points right off the bat,” said Hess, who completed 14 of 19 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. “It gave the defense more confidence, but we just needed to carry it into the second half.”
Central (0-5) limited the Panthers to 64 total yards from scrimmage in the first quarter. But it was all Ray-Pec from there.
Isaiah Truss essentially took over for the Panthers (3-2) by running for a pair of touchdowns after Central took the lead. At halftime, the score stood at 14-all.
“It was an unbelievable effort in the first half,” Wallace said. “Our defense played a ton better tonight than last week. They made huge improvements.”
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