Too much Jabril Cox

Sean Kosednar/PrepsKC

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 23, 2015 - 11:32 PM

It took fewer than 10 plays for the Raytown South Cardinals to take the lead over the Grain Valley Eagles Friday, October 23. The Cards would hold that lead for the rest of the game going on to win 32 - 7.

Senior quarterback Jabril Cox led South down the field after the opening kickoff. He was helped by a long run by sophomore running back Vontrae Booker. Booker took the hand off and ran behind the right guard 40 yards down field to the Eagles’ 10 yard line. Booker would cap off the drive with a hard fought one-yard run.

“Our team thrives on momentum,” Raytown South head coach Nick Adkins said. “Scoring first is something we work on in practice. I think it set the tone for the game.”

The next score came in the second quarter. Cox dropped back on the twenty-five yard line looking to his left, but had to avoid a rush and scrambled back to the right side of the field. Cox kept his eyes downfield the whole time and lofted a pass to the back corner of the end zone. Senior wide receiver Malik Alexander jumped and was closely defended. It looked like the pass was going to be intercepted, but the ball went off the defender’s hands and Alexander was able to haul in the pass to put the Cardinals up 13-0.

It looked like RHSS was going to cruise into halftime until senior running back Zach Ehlen took the hand-off toward the left side with one minute left in the half. Ehlan bounced around the first tackler and got to the left boundary then used his speed to run away from the Cardinal tacklers 65 yards for the touchdown.

“I thought our defense played lights out,” Adkins said. “It was unfortunate we gave up the long run because we didn’t get set right. Other than that, our defense was great tonight.”

The third quarter saw no scoring, but the Cardinals got inside the ten before switching sides of the field. The second play of the fourth quarter saw the first score of the second half. Raytown South spread the field with five wideouts from the four yard line. Cox took the snap out of the shotgun and looked immediately to his right and hit junior wide receiver Tyree Sorrells with the swing pass and Soreells walked into the end zone.

After an 11-yard punt by Grain Valley the Cardinals took over at the 26 yard line. Booker went 20 yards on the third play of the drive for a touchdown.

“Give them credit they ran the ball well with Booker,” Grain Valley head coach David Allie said. “We were keying on Cox, but Booker ran the ball well too.”

With 4:35 left in the game Cox decided to keep the zone read and run off the left tackle. After breaking through the line of scrimmage, Cox burst into the secondary. It looked like he might get tracked down, but Cox showed his strength by stiff-arming the defender and galloping the rest of the 65 yards for the score.

“[Cox] is a stud,” Adkins said. “That’s really the best way to describe him. He is our best quarterback. He is our best running back. And he has the most heart of any player I have had in my time here.”

Coach Allie had high praise for Cox as well.

“You can’t stop a guy like Cox,” Allie said, “you can only try and contain him. On that last run we had four or five guys hitting him, and I think we even had him wrapped up, but he ran through all of them.”

The loss ends Grain Valley’s season. Raytown South will travel to Harrisonville Friday October 30.