Platte County rides defense to win at Oak Park
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Class 4, No. 9 Platte County didn't execute at the level they expected in week two action Thursday night at Staley High School.
The Pirates improved to 2-0 with a 37-6 win over Oak Park who stayed in the game on the strength of their defense before Platte County eventually cashed in scoring opportunities and wore the Northmen down.
"It was an ugly game all the way around," Platte County head coach Bill Utz said. "We did a lot of things that shot us in the foot early that we really need to clean up. "We're obviously happy with the win, but there are some things we have to fix. Our kids know it and we'll get it straightened out."
The Pirates' first score came on the leg of Parker Lacina, who booted a 49-yard field goal with 7:49 left in the first quarter. Platte County was driving again, but Oak Park senior Abraham Chavez came up with the first of two, first-half interceptions by the Northmen with 5:34 to go in the first.
Oak Park picked off another pass from senior Justin Mitchell less than two minutes into the second quarter at its own 5. Platte County's defense picked up their offense as they backed Oak Park up inside their own 5-yard-line before recovering a fumble in the end zone to go up 10-0.
Platte County ended the half by grinding out a drive capped by senior running back Micheal McNair's first touchdown of the night to take a 17-0 lead into the break.
"We got off to a slow start before waking up in the second half," said McNair, who finished the game with two TDs. "Coach told us we need to pick it up. This isn't how we usually play. We knew we had to come out and play better."
A 38-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Harris to Remington Brelsford had Oak Park within 11 (17-6) at the 6:37 mark of the third quarter, but that was as close as the Northmen would get.
The Pirates answered by scoring the final 20 points of the game; which included rushing TD by McNair, a scoring strike from Mitchell to Jon Watts and a pick-6 by senior defensive back Cade Goettling.
Platte County will be back at Staley next week to face the Falcons, who are currently ranked second in Class 5.
Oak Park (0-2) travels to Excelsior Springs next week.
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