Kearney gets past tough Raytown South
By Bill Knust PrepsKC staff writer
Kearney coach Greg Jones described his team’s performance like a roller coaster ride – a lot of ups and downs. Fortunately, for the No. 1-ranked Class 4 Bulldogs (2-0), there were a lot more ups then downs in a 32-21 win against Raytown South (1-1) on Saturday, August 27. The game resumed play after being suspended because of weather on Friday night.
The Bulldogs scored on three of their five second-half drives, running out the final 4 minutes, 1 second, of the game on their fifth drive. Fullback Zack Riley hauled in a 17-yard catch on 3rd and 15 to seal the victory. Riley had a huge day receiving, pulling down four grabs for 108 yards.
“I was just doing my job, being a piece of the puzzle,” Riley said. “This week they told me I was going to be running more routes. I just needed to do my job, catch the ball and help the team.”
Every one of Riley’s yards were needed because Raytown South kept the pressure on all day. Trailing 22-7 with 3:23 left in the third quarter, the Cardinals cut the lead to eight points when quarterback Dallas Hannah found receiver Ronnel Frazier in the flat on 3rd and 10. Frazier dodged and darted his way to the end zone from 40 yards out to cut the score to 22-14.
“We think we have pretty good kids, and we are going to roll the dice and put them in space a lot,” Raytown South coach Nick Adkins said. “And, we are going to be successful a few times doing it.”
Kearney’s offensive line dominated in the second half. Behind four rushes in five plays, the Kearney went 65 yards in just 1:43, extending its lead back to 29-14. The Bulldogs rushed for 106 yards on 25 carries in the second half, good for more than four yards a carry. Running back Logan Hachman carried it 17 times for 75 yards in the second half and finished the game with 24 carries for 103 yards.
“We came out the gate firing pretty good,” Jones said. “But, you could see the youth and immaturity because we were so up and down. Hopefully we can get where we are up the whole time. It can’t be so much of a roller coaster.”
Quarterback Anthony Pritzel rushed for two touchdowns, one in the second half, and threw for another as well. He finished 11-of-19 for 190 yards and a touchdown and an interception.
The Cardinals defense twice forced field goals inside their own 10-yard-line in the first half, allowing the offense time to get itself settled into the game.
Hannah found running back Vontrae Booker in the flat, and Booker did the rest, taking the ball 41 yards to paydirt to make the score 13-7 with 3:13 remaining in the first half.
Hannah finished the day 24-of-39 for 320 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Receiver Tyree Sorrells caught eight passes for 102 yards and Frazier had three second-half grabs for 56 yards and a score.
“I thought our effort was phenomenal,” Raytown South coach Nick Adkins said. “I thought we were phenomenal dealing with the rain delay from last night and coming out and playing a good Kearney team in pretty tough conditions with as hot as it got. Like I told them, ‘We’ll take that effort every single time.’”
Jones had nothing but praise for the Cardinals.
“That’s a good football team,” he said. “They have some athletes, and (Adkins) does a good job with them. … They put a lot of stress on a defense. I mean, it’s speed in space. That is what the spread offense is for.”
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