Platte County outlasts St. Joe Benton
By Jon Dykstra St. Joseph News-Press
After an injury-riddled season, Benton’s season year came to a close against Platte County in a battle of mobile quarterbacks.
Platte County edged past Benton on Friday night in 42-34 in Platte City and will face Smithville in the playoffs next week.
“At the end of the day, they made one more play than we did,” Benton coach Matt Tabor said.
The matchup was a tale of to halves as the Pirates nursed a 7-6 halftime advantage over the Cardinals, but the offenses woke up in the second half thanks to strong performances from their quarterbacks.
“We didn’t adjust anything (at halftime),” quarterback Lloyd Lockett said. “Good things happen if we just play our football.”
Lockett was a duel-threat for the Pirates (7-3) with 114 yards passing and 109 rushing.
“Coach just tells me the reason I’m out there is because I can make plays with my feet when everything breaks down,” Lockett said. “When everything breaks down, I just play football.”
Lockett is filling in for the injured Justin Mitchell behind center.
“He’s gotten better each week,” Platte County coach Bill Utz said. “I thought he played well.”
Cooper Burton was the catalyst for Benton (4-6) as he tried to keep the Cardinals in the game with both his arm and legs.
“He’s a dynamic player and is going to do great things in his future,” Tabor said.
Burton ran the ball 11 times in the game, including a 58-yard touchdown and a 79-yard touchdown in the second half.
The sophomore also hurt the Pirates with his arm as he connected on 17 of 22 pass attempts.
Burton was able to accomplish all of this despite having to leave the game twice with injury.
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