Staley shuts out Raytown
By Scott Kendall PrepsKC staff writer
Staley at 6-1, playing host to Raytown 3-4, Staley looking to improve on a already good season and Raytown looking to get to .500.
Raytown would win the toss and take the ball to start off in the 2nd half. Staley got off to a quick start with a 2:32, 6-play drive and a 22-yard pass catch of Michael Kilpatrick to Connor McCullough. The extra point by Tre Thomas put Staley up by 7-points.
Raytown would get their first drive on the night, but would come up empty. Raytown really could do nothing against Staley’s stingy defense. Joe McNally would pick up the first of six sacks on the night for Staley. On Staley’s next possession, they would waste no time in putting up another score on the board. Staley would come up with a 3-play, 50-yard drive that took 1:41. This time, Kilpatrick would scamper in the end zone for an 11-yard run. The XP but Staley put them on top 14-0 with 4:12 left in the 1st Quarter of play.
Raytown and Staley would exchange 3-and-outs on their next 2 possessions. Raytown would get great field position to start the 2nd quarter on their own 42-yard line. But, again Staley would not allow them to move the ball. Raytown ran 6-plays and netted only 11-yards. On the punt by Raytown, Staley’s punt returner, Roderick Criss would return the ball 78-yards to the house, giving Staley a commanding 3-score lead, 21-0.
Raytown could do nothing right tonight. On their next possession, again Staley would not allow them to move the ball with any consistency. Staley would get the ball back on their own 31-yard line. Austin Lewis ran the ball 5-times for 30-yards and then Kilpatrick would find Criss for a 35-yard pass/catch TD, the XP was no-good, but Staley was up 27-0 with a little over 4-minutes left in the first half.
The second half was not much better for Raytown. Raytown ran 10-plays on their next 3-possessions for a total of 14-yards, Staley put together an impressive defensive game and in those 3-possessions against Raytown, they had 2-sacks and 3-tackles for loss. Staley would tack on another 7-points by Julian Ross’ 1-yard TD run, 2pt-Conv was converted by Kilpatrick to Eller and Staley would lead by 35-points.
On Raytown’s last effort to try and put points on the board, they would put together a long drive, starting 8:45 left in the game. Antonio Williams picked up 3-first downs on runs of 3-yards, 22-yards & 9-yards. Raytown would have the ball inside Staley’s 5-yard line with a little over a minute left in the game. Williams got the nod four times to try and punch the ball into the end zone, but Staley’s defense held its ground and pushed Williams back. Staley would deny Raytown their first score and ended the game on a 35-0 shutout.
Raytown’s Antonio Williams had 97-yards on 20 carries. Charles Foster had 57-all-purpose yards. Staley was led by more than just one player. Michael Kilpatrick completed 9-of-17 for 123yds, 2 passing TDs, he also added an 11-yard TD run. Julian Ross had 60-yards on 11 carries and 1-TD. Roderick Criss caught 2-balls for 54-yards, 87-return yards and 2-TD scores. The defense for Staley was stellar on the night with 6-sacks, 8-tackles for loss, 7-three-and-outs, allowing only 8-first downs, giving up a total of 126-total yards and zero points scored on.
Raytown falls to 3-5 on the season and will close out their regular season at home versus Fort Osage. Staley moves to 7-1 and will close out their regular season at Oak Park.
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