Platte County cruises past Winnetonka
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
The location was different, but the result was similar as Platte County defeated Winnetonka 52-14 in postseason action Friday night in Platte City.
The teams met just two weeks ago with the Pirates winning that contest 44-6 at North Kansas City District Stadium.
"Our offense was definitely able to click and we had some good field position which obviously helped," Platte County head coach Bill Utz said. "I'm happy with the way we played. We didn't want anybody getting hurt and we were able to get into a situation to get some of the guys out of the game early."
The Pirates got rolling immediately and never looked back scoring the game's first touchdown less than two minutes in.
Kobe Cummings' interception gave Platte County the ball at the Winnetonka 9. Just two plays later, senior running back Michael McNair punched it in and the Pirates led 7-0.
On Platte County's next possession, McNair scored his second TD of the quarter from 49 yards out to push the lead to 14.
Parker Lacina's 27-yard field goal extended the Pirates' lead to 17-0 with 3:30 left in the quarter.
The Pirates added one more score in the quarter via special teams as a blocked punt was recovered in the end zone for a TD and Platte County held a 24-point lead after one.
By the 6:49 mark of the second, the Pirates had scored twice more and the lead ballooned to 38.
Winnetonka was finally able to get on the board with a QB sneak from Ben Giebler. The Griffins converted a two-point try to make it 38-8.
Platte County got that score back before the end of the half on a TD with 3:23 to go in the second, which made it 45-8 at halftime.
The only points of the third quarter came on another Pirates touchdown on a screen pass from Tanner Clarkson to Jamil Jones. After three, Platte County was on top 52-8.
Winnetonka may have been outmanned, but the Griffins didn't quit scoring the game's final touchdown in the fourth. Giebler's second rushing score of the game accounted for the final margin of 52-14.
The Class 4, No. 4 Pirates improve to 7-3 on the season ahead of next week's matchup against Smithville (8-2).
Winnetonka ends the year at 1-10.
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