Penney topples West Platte in KCI battle

By Joe Caronia PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: September 26, 2015 - 12:17 AM

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The Penny Hornets went on the road to face the West Platte Bluejays. The Hornets took control of the game and rolled to a 35 - 8 victory over the Bluejays.

Before the game Bluejays head coach Nate Danneman stated, “We want to run the ball first and don’t throw the ball if we don’t have to.”

Late in the first quarter, with the Bluejays backed up inside of their own 6 yard line, senior quarterback Brett Shepardson trying to avoid the rush in his own end zone was picked off by LaTroy Harper, who returned it 24 yards for the score. Brock Swindler converted the kick and Penny was up 7 -0.

On their next drive the Bluejays were inside the red zone, Justin Rhodes went up the middle bulldozing his way inside of the 5 yard line, however a holding penalty negated the run. A delay of game penalty back up the Bluejays 5 more yards, and on 4th and 14 the Hornets defense held tough forcing a turnover on downs.

Following a long drive quarterback Jaran Richman threw a 7 yard fade to Harper who made the catch in the corner of the end zone. Swindler’s kick was off the mark, and the Hornets led 13 -0.

The Bluejays went three and out and punted to the Hornets, who need just one play to score as Richman and Harper hooked up on a 78 yard scoring strike. The two point pass was no good and the Hornets were up 19 - 0.

The Hornets were not finished yet, with 1:09 left in the first half, the duo of Richman and Harper hooked up again from 9 yards out. The two teammates also converted the 2 point pass and the teams went to half time with the Hornets up 27 - 0.

In the third quarter the Hornets struck again as T.C. East dove over the goal line for a 1 yard run. The touchdown was set up by a 46 yard completion from Richman to Korby Ford, who was forced out of bounds at the 1 yard line. Richman scored on the 2 point run.

West Platte found the end zone early in 4th quarter when Justin Rhodes broke tackles on a 28 yard scoring play. Rhodes also ran in the 2 point conversion, for the final score of the game.

“It all starts upfront with our D-Line,” Penney coach Caleb Obert said. “All four of them have motors that don’t quit, they go hard from whistle to whistle.

“We have 3 league games coming up and we need to keep executing if we are going to take the next step.”

The Hornets record moved to 5-1, and they will try to remain undefeated in their league when they travel to Lawson.

The Bluejays drop to 2 -4, and they will be home next week as they take on the Mid Buchanan Dragons.