Platte County rolls past Grandview

By Kyle Yehle PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: August 20, 2017 - 10:11 AM

If anyone had doubts of whether or not incoming senior quarterback Tanner Clarkson could lead the Platte County offense well, Clarkson thoroughly erased those misgivings.

Taking over the starting reigns from heralded signal-caller Justin Mitchell, Clarkson rifled six touchdowns with 214 passing yards in a 45-6 road rout of Grandview Friday night.

"They're completely different quarterbacks in what they bring to the table," Pirate head coach Bill Utz said. "Tanner's a competitor and executed the offense very well. I'm glad he's able to give us an opportunity to win."

Platte County's offense scored early and often, beginning with their first possession of the game. Clarkson engineered a five-play 45-yard drive, eventually finding his preferred target for the night, senior receiver Devin Richardson, on a five-yard strike.

"I was just throwing it to the open guy - reading the defense and getting it to who I could," Clarkson said.

Grandview answered the score quickly. With their next play after the ensuing kickoff, senior tailback Sonny Garrett squirted through the trenches and ripped off an 80-yard run to bring the Bulldogs within a point. Grandview failed on the two-point conversion to take the lead, so the score remained 7-6 midway through the first quarter.

The teams traded possessions before Clarkson connected with Richardson again from 15 yards out at the 3:52 mark for a 14-6 lead.

Richardson attributed the two swift touchdowns to preseason practices.

"We've worked hard throughout the summer," Richardson said. "I hoped that would pay off in our first game."

Clarkson continued the aerial bombardment with four more scoring passes before halftime - one more to Richardson, two to junior receiver Dylan Gilbert, and one to senior receiver Jon Watts - to post a 42-6 lead at halftime.

"All aspects of the game we were happy with," Utz said. "You can't argue with a score like that."

Platte County senior kicker Parker Lacina booted a 32-yard field goal a half-minute into the final quarter to finish the scoring.