Staley shuts out St. Joseph Central
By Chris Schoonover St. Joseph News-Press
Matched up with the No. 1 team in the state, Central had a chance to shock Class 5 with an upset over Staley.
However, with rain pounding down and untimely miscues, the Indians’ upset bid fell short as they fell to Staley 27-0 at the North Kansas City District Activities Complex.
Despite being the obvious underdog when kickoff came, the Indians believed they could roll with the top team in Class 5 and looked the part.
“Our kids played extremely hard and I was very, very proud of what I saw them do,” Central coach Jeff Wallace said. “We moved the ball, but just couldn’t finish drives early on. Defensively, we played extremely well against these guys.
“I love these guys. They were extremely jacked up before this. We believed we were going to come in here and beat No. 1. It just wasn’t meant to be.”
The stout defense of the Falcons (9-1) smothered Central running back Israel Smith, holding the junior to a season-low 46 yards on 16 carries.
The constant downpour did not make things easier on Central (4-7) after having to go to the air with the run game struggling with eight in the box most of the night.
“(Starting quarterback Jacob Hess) just didn’t have a lot of time tonight,” Wallace said. “The weather was tough for us to throw the ball as much as we had to tonight.
“If you play us, you better stop (Smith) first or we will run him over and over. They were able to do that. They slid off blocks and were able to get a piece of him.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Staley found the end zone after a long punt return by Roderick Criss made it first down at the 20, and Julian Ross finished it with a 7-yard run to make it 7-0 in the second.
After a fumble by Cade Musser on third-and-short in Falcon territory, Staley went on a 8-play, 78-yard drive that ended in a 19-yard Ross run to make it 13-0, following the blocked point-after attempt.
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