Bulldogs almost bite Cardinals

PrepsKC staff

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 25, 2014 - 8:58 AM



For nearly the entire first half, it appeared the first upset of the playoffs might be brewing.

Grandview, who entered the Class 4 District 6 bracket as the No. 6 seed, had Raytown South on the ropes. Slowly though, the Cardinals picked up steam, eventually escaping the upset-minded Bulldogs, winning 34-14.

“We didn’t start well,” Nick Adkins said. “Eventually we started making some plays here and there, but it took a long time to get there.”

The Cardinals trailed 7-0 before Henry Lanear hit Maurice Whiters for a 14-yard touchdown with 2:30 left in the first half.

After a missed extra point, Raytown South pooched a kickoff which Whiters recovered on the Grandview 16. This time the Cardinals found the endzone on a 7-yard pass to Isaiah Hutchinson. Lanear tacked on a run for a two-point conversion and the Cardinals led 14-7 at halftime.

The two teams traded touchdowns in the third and early parts of the fourth quarter, before the Cardinals put them away for good with some key defensive plays.  

Trailing by seven, the Bulldogs were faced with a fourth down conversion from midfield, when defensive lineman Travion White batted down a pass from Darrian Aldridge.

It was the first of two big plays for the Cardinals defense.

After going up 28-14, the defense sealed the win when linebacker Nate Mourning stepped in front of a pass and ran the interception back 35 yards.

“I thought our defense played better,” Adkins said. “I’d still like to see them tackle and do a few other things better.”

For Grandview the loss ended a 1-9 season.

Despite the less than ideal record for the Bulldogs, head coach Andy Leech pointed to the performance by some underclassmen as something the program can build off.

One of those bright spots included Ronny Johnson, who scored the team’s first touchdown from the wildcat formation.

“The main thing our guys have to do is learn how to win,” Leech said. “They haven’t had any real success, so they need to get the confidence to know they can do it.”

For Leech, he says that will come in the offseason. He said the buy in for offseason workouts is already buzzing among players.

 

Raytown South, who played without the regular starting quarterback Jabril Cox due to injury, faces Center in the next round.