Grain Valley ends 16-year streak at Harrisonville

By The Examiner staff
Posted: September 23, 2016 - 11:27 PM

The Grain Valley football team had waited 16 long years for this.

The Eagles jumped out to a 9-0 lead and then capitalized on seven takeaways to hold off Harrisonville for a 19-7 victory Friday. It was the Eagles’ first win over the Wildcats in 16 years.

Turnovers played a big part for the Eagles in ending the drought. Bennett Disco intercepted a Brandon Eickhorst pass and returned it for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 9-0 lead with 7:45 left in the first quarter.

Nate Chaiprathum kicked the first of his two field goals, a 29-yarder, two minutes earlier for a 3-0 lead.

Eickhorst’s 79-yard touchdown pass to Morgan Selemaea cut Grain Valley’s lead to 9-7 with 4:02 left in the first half.

But the Eagles responded with a drive capped by Tate Collum’s 1-yard sneak into the end zone as time expired in the first half. Dylan Richard booted the extra point for a 16-7 halftime advantage.

Chaiprathum added a 22-yard field goal with 45 seconds left in the third quarter and the Grain Valley defense held on.

Grain Valley recovered six of the seven fumbles by Harrisonville and held the Wildcats to just 71 yards rushing on 26 attempts, just 2.7 yards per rush.

Collum rushed for 100 yards and the TD on 21 carries and Trent Flake added 60 yards on just five carries to lead the Grain Valley offense. Collum was also 4-of-8 passing for 46 yards.