Van Horn, Savannah, Oak Grove open with wins

By The Examiner staff
Posted: August 22, 2015 - 7:22 AM

Reco Miller had a big day running the ball.

But the defense saved the day for the Van Horn football team.

With the Falcons leading 14-6, host Lathrop scored to cut it to 14-12 and decided to go for the two-point conversion to tie it.

The defense, though, stuffed it, and the Falcons held on for a 14-12 victory.

Miller’s 5-yard touchdown run gave Van Horn a 7-6 lead at halftime. Lathrop scored a touchdown with 10:33 left in the second quarter, but the Falcons blocked the extra-point kick.

Miller then scored on a 20-yard touchdown run with about 6 minutes left and Samila Sua kicked his second PAT to put the Falcons up 14-6.

SAVANNAH 29, GRAIN VALLEY 14: Grain Valley tried to make a comeback but fell short in its season opener Friday at Savannah High School.

Grain Valley coach David Allie said a pair of turnovers – one fumble and one interception – killed potential game-tying drives.

“They beat us at the point of attack,” Allie said. “We couldn’t get outside on them, and we didn’t use our speed as good as I thought we would. They did a good job of controlling the ball and we had the turnovers and they didn’t.”

After getting down 15-0, Triston Hillyard scored on a 7-yard pass from quarterback Kellen Holland with 3:28 left in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 15-7.

Savannah answered with a touchdown with 9:37 left in the game to extend its lead to 22-7, but Holland connected with Ethan Macoubrie on a touchdown pass with 3:47 left to make it a one-score game again at 22-14.

Savannah, though, scored again with 54 seconds left to put it away and drop the Eagles to 0-1.

Grain Valley meets St. Joseph Benton next Friday in its home opener.

OAK GROVE 55, HOLDEN 0: The defending Class 3 state champion Panthers had little trouble in their season opener, rolling to a victory over Holden at Panther Stadium.