Platte County rolls Smithville
By Ross Martin Special to the News-Press
Two out-of-the ordinary plays helped put Platte County in position to pull the starters early and start the process of looking forward to a coveted rematch.
Pirates junior JP Post outraced Smithville punter Ben Keesee to fall on an errant snap in the end zone for a touchdown to start the running clock in a Class 4 District 8 semifinal Friday night at Pirate Stadium. The special teams score came shortly after junior kicker Parker Lacina threw a two-point conversion pass to senior linebacker Austin Shoemaker just minutes early.
Platte County went on to an easy 39-14 victory against the Warriors after scoring the first 39 points unanswered. Now, the Pirates face a trip to No.1 Kearney next week for a district championship game rematch, just three weeks removed from the Bulldogs win against them in the regular season finale.
“Any playoff game, you like to have your business handled, and I wouldn’t say look forward to the next game,” Platte County senior Casey Jumps said. “But when those starters get pulled, you know you’re good, and it’s time to start getting your mind and body ready for the next week.”
Platte County (8-3), ranked No. 4 in the Class 4 Missouri media poll, turned in a dominant defensive effort before reserves allowed a pair of late touchdowns to close the final score.
Michael McNair, a senior running back, accounted for the first two touchdowns, which came in the second quarter, and senior quarterback Justin Mitchell threw for 108 and two more scores for the Pirates. The offense came to life after a difficult start to the first quarter while playing into a stiff head wind.
Just 1 minute 8 seconds into the second quarter, McNair ran in from 1 yard out after he set up the touchdown with a 23-yard catch and run on a third-and-5.
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