Staley makes another statement

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By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: August 28, 2015 - 10:57 PM

There was a time in the second half of Staley’s 35-10 victory over Raymore-Peculiar where it appeared the Panthers might seize the games momentum and pull the game within a score.

Instead, the Falcon defense did what it had the entire game, forcing one of seven turnovers and ending any comeback hopes Ray-Pec may have had.

After taking a 16-0 lead into halftime, the second half started disastrously for Staley.

The Falcons received the opening kickoff and fielded the kick with a knee on the ground. Already at their own 5, two penalties and a tackle for loss put them in the shadow of their own end zone, ultimately ending in a safety on the next play.

Suddenly, Staley found itself without any of the momentum it had found in the first half and the Panthers had the ball at midfield.

Not an issue for this season’s Staley defense.

“The defense was a catalyst for the whole game,” Staley head coach Fred Bouchard said. “What our team did to set up the short fields. Offensively there were a couple of drives, but a lot of it was the defense setting up some short fields and negative plays.”

The experienced Falcon defense kept the Panthers from doing much of anything offensively. Ray-Pec was held to just 189 yards, with over 70 of those coming during the final minutes of the game against defensive reserves.

“We played on our heels the whole football game,” Ray-Pec head coach Tom Kruse said. “The biggest piece is they are good. That’s as good a defense I ‘hope’ that we will see. They did some things that gave us some fits.”

It wasn’t just taking away the run that was key for the Falcon defense. They also forced five interceptions along with a safety.  Add to that an offense paced by three touchdowns from Faizol Bouchard and one each through the air and on the ground from quarterback Michael Kilpatrick and it was a recipe for a runaway win.

Leading the defensive charge was Micah Daniels with a pair of interceptions.

Daniels and the Class 5 Falcons finished the Class 6 portion of the schedule outscoring their opponents 70-10. 

“That’s really big,” Daniels said of the hot start. “It speaks volume to the hard work we put in, but we can’t be complacent.”

The Falcons host William Chrisman next week, while Raymore-Peculiar goes on the road for the first time, to face Liberty.

After the host of turnovers, Kruse said there’s one big thing they have to get better at before facing the Blue Jays.

“We have to find a way to run the football,” he said. “We can’t just sit back there and throw the football all game.”