Plattsburg stuns East Buchanan
By Cody Thorn The St. Joseph News-Press
Matthew Graham posed for photo after photo with the Class 1 District 7 championship trophy in his hands.
The Plattsburg junior then hobbled back to the bench with his ankle wrapped with ice after a second-half injury.
What he did the first play and then key plays over the next few quarters proved to be the difference as the Tigers rolled to a 28-6 victory over East Buchanan on Friday night in a clash of KCI Conference foes.
Graham accounted for all four touchdowns as the fourth-seeded Tigers (6-6) won their fifth straight game. Plattsburg toppled the top two seeds in the districts, starting with No. 1 Wellington-Napoleon last week.
“They work hard and they believe; they are starting to believe they can do it,” said Plattsburg coach Ron Musser, who spent a majority of his coaching tenure coaching at East Buchanan. “We played like the past five weeks.
“It felt great. I won a lot on that sideline (point toward the home East Buchanan side) and I think this is the biggest on on this sideline.”
Plattsburg and Graham got off to a tough start when he failed to field the opening kickoff and dropped it. He recovered quickly, weaved his way in and out of traffic and dashed his way for an 85-yard touchdown.
A mere 14 seconds into the game, the Tigers held the lead they would never relinquish thanks to Graham.
Coming off a 100-yard rushing day against Wellington-Napoleon, Graham had 12 totes for 162 yards. He got a good chunk on his fifth carry of the night, dashing 63 yards up the Plattsburg sideline after stiff-arming an East Buchanan (7-5) defender.
Graham’s 13-yard touchdown run on the Tigers’ next possession boosted the lead to 21-0 in the second quarter. Both of the scores were set up on turnovers by the Bulldogs.
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