Kearney explodes past Raytown South
By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
The game plan for stopping Kearney begins and ends with containing the Bulldogs running attack.
For a quarter and a half, Raytown South was able to do that on Friday night, for the last two and half quarters though, look out.
Kearney scored the final 43 points of the game to roll to a 53-15 victory.
And sure enough, leading the way was a powerful running game. The Bulldogs racked up 480 yards of offense, with 461 of them coming on the ground.
“The o-line kept hitting them in the mouth and hitting them in the mouth,” running back Marcus Harris said. “You just have to keep pounding them until they get tired. Even if it doesn’t work at first you have to keep going and wear them down. “
Harris was the workhorse of the offense, amassing 268 rushing yards on 29 carries. He also added three rushing touchdowns to his total.
The Bulldogs also got 97 rushing yards and a touchdown from quarterback Logan Hinck who returned to the starting lineup after suffering a knee injury in Kearney’s loss to Liberty North last week.
“He’s the sparkplug,” head coach Greg Jones said of Hinck.
Jones also said after “babying him a little bit” in the first half he was able to let Hinck loose more in the second half.
Though the final score was lopsided, Raytown South had the ball in the red zone in the final seconds of the first half, but the Kearney defense turned them away to take an 18-15 halftime lead.
Heading into the locker room, Cardinals head coach Nick Adkins could already see there were some issues with slowing the Kearney rushing attack.
“We didn’t tackle very well in that football game starting in about the middle of the second quarter,” Adkins said. “They had a lot of extra yards after contact. Hats off to them for running hard but that’s something we have to address.
“Kearney is a good football team and if they see a weakness they are going to attack it. “
Just as Adkins started seeing his team’s tackling fading, Jones began to see his team emerge out of a funk that plagued them during their loss to Liberty North.
“We just weren’t us,” Jones said of the slow start. “It was like we were still us from last week. I didn’t think we were physical, but the kids started waking up a little bit. We started moving the ball on the ground and sometimes it just takes a little momentum. “
Quarterback Jabril Cox led the way for the Cardinals, rushing for 125 yards on 21 attempts and throwing for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
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