Harrisonville stifles Grain Valley

By Tyler Brown The Examiner
Posted: September 25, 2015 - 10:57 PM



On a night where Grain Valley alumni came back to watch their Eagles, they had little to cheer about as an undefeated conference foe stole the homecoming show.

Harrisonville (6-0, 2-0 Missouri River Valley Conference West) used a balance attack to defeat Grain Valley (2-4, 0-2) 34-7 Friday night. Grain Valley head coach David Allie knew his team would have its hands full against the Wildcats, and while he liked the game plan, he said they failed to execute it.

“The game plan out here was to come out and maximize our possessions offensively,” Allie said. “We weren't able to do that, which keeps our defense out on the field too long.”

The Eagles kept the game tied up at zero going into the second quarter after forcing the Wildcats to fumble and punt on their first two drives. However, just more than a minute into the second quarter Harrisonville's senior running back Christopher James marched into the end zone on an 18-yard carry. That was just one of three touchdown runs for the Wildcats, as they took a 20-0 lead into halftime.

The Grain Valley defense had trouble containing the Harrisonville running game simply because the Wildcats had six different ball carriers coming at them for a total of 298 yards. Junior running back Morgan Selemaea led the way with 116 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries.

“Our defensive coaches had a great game plan,” Allie said. “It's very tough, especially going up against an offense like that. We missed some tackles late. We didn't give our defense an opportunity rest up. We got to do a better job with our offense.”

Perhaps another reason the Eagles allowed so many yards on the ground was because the Wildcats had the passing game going as well. Senior quarterback Chance Chamberlain only threw 11 passes, but he was efficient with them, completing eight to five different receivers for 136 yards.

Grain Valley's normal workhorse out of the backfield, senior Zack Ehlen only tallied five carries for four yards. Coming into the game, Ehlen had rushed for more than 100 yards in two games, and rushed for less than 84 only once. This stemmed from the Eagles throwing the ball more than they wanted to as senior quarterback Kellen Holland completed three passes out of 16 attempts, including three interceptions.On a night where Grain Valley alumni came back to watch their Eagles, they had little to cheer about as an undefeated conference foe stole the homecoming show.

Harrisonville (6-0, 2-0 Missouri River Valley Conference West) used a balance attack to defeat Grain Valley (2-4, 0-2) 34-7 Friday night. Grain Valley head coach David Allie knew his team would have its hands full against the Wildcats, and while he liked the game plan, he said they failed to execute it.

“The game plan out here was to come out and maximize our possessions offensively,” Allie said. “We weren't able to do that, which keeps our defense out on the field too long.”

The Eagles kept the game tied up at zero going into the second quarter after forcing the Wildcats to fumble and punt on their first two drives. However, just more than a minute into the second quarter Harrisonville's senior running back Christopher James marched into the end zone on an 18-yard carry. That was just one of three touchdown runs for the Wildcats, as they took a 20-0 lead into halftime.

The Grain Valley defense had trouble containing the Harrisonville running game simply because the Wildcats had six different ball carriers coming at them for a total of 298 yards. Junior running back Morgan Selemaea led the way with 116 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries.

“Our defensive coaches had a great game plan,” Allie said. “It's very tough, especially going up against an offense like that. We missed some tackles late. We didn't give our defense an opportunity rest up. We got to do a better job with our offense.”

Perhaps another reason the Eagles allowed so many yards on the ground was because the Wildcats had the passing game going as well. Senior quarterback Chance Chamberlain only threw 11 passes, but he was efficient with them, completing eight to five different receivers for 136 yards.

Grain Valley's normal workhorse out of the backfield, senior Zack Ehlen only tallied five carries for four yards. Coming into the game, Ehlen had rushed for more than 100 yards in two games, and rushed for less than 84 only once. This stemmed from the Eagles throwing the ball more than they wanted to as senior quarterback Kellen Holland completed three passes out of 16 attempts, including three interceptions.

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