Grain Valley grabs second straight win
By Tyler Brown The Examiner
The Grain Valley offense dominated the Boonville defense in a very unconventional way Friday night.
The Pirates defense forced the Eagles into two safeties, but Grain Valley (2-2) used that same offense to a dominating 44-4 win. That domination started from the opening whistle when senior running back Zack Ehlen returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Ehlen, head coach David Allie and the Eagles knew it was something they could exploit Boonville (1-3) with.
“We watched a lot of film,” Ehlen said. “They always seem to kick it left. I saw a hole inside and I saw I could beat them outside. One of my guys was leading my way. That was our main goal, actually. They deferred. We definitely wanted the ball.”
Ehlen did not stop there, however. He was a key factor all game, rushing for 96 yards on 11 carries to go along with a 48 yard reception and a rushing touchdown. The Eagles (2-2) rushed for 196 yards as a team and Ehlen explained what they saw from the Pirates defense while scouting them the week before.
“We knew some of their guys cut up field a little too much,” Ehlen said. “We love the inside running game and we just stuck to it as our game plan.”
Grain Valley senior quarterback Kellen Holland only threw the ball eight times but he made them count, racking up 101 yards through the air with a touchdown. All five of the Eagles offensive touchdowns came from a different athlete, showing the versatility of the offense. Grain Valley finished the night with 306 yards of total offense.
“Well, we're lucky and were blessed with a lot of talent,” Allie said. “We were able to get the ball into athlete's hands and they were able to make things happen in space.”
The Pirates found success from their second-string junior running back Keon Johnson, who tallied 67 yards on seven carries, but the Eagles held the starting running back in check. Boonville's senior running back Jordan Weaver averaged 1.7 yards per carry on 14 attempts.
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