Platte County rolls again by Oak Park

By Joe Caronia PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: August 26, 2017 - 1:06 AM



Oak Park travelled to Platte County, to face the Pirates and last week’s PrepsKC player of the week Tanner Clarkson. Clarkson and the Pirates continued their offensive barrage with 42-7 victory.

Before the game head coach of the Northmen Ken Clemens talked about his concern of his defense handling the Pirates passing game:

“We have to not give up the deep ball. He, (Clarkson), throws the deep ball as well as anyone I have seen throw it.”

Clemens concerns were confirmed when Clarkson played in just the first half going 11 for 14, 262 yards and 4 touchdown passes.

The first touchdown was a 13-yard slant to Devin Richardson. The Pirates forced a quick 3 and out on defense. Clarkson Richardson hooked up again for a 46-yard gain down to the 2 yard line. Adel Freitek took a handoff went in untouched for the next two yards.

The Pirates forced another punt and with :43 seconds left in the first quarter Clarkson found Jacob Post for a 38-yard score.

The Pirates defense intercepted a pass to set their offense up in the red-zone. Clarkson threw a lofting touch pass where only Jon Watts could bring it in for a 14-yard score.

The Pirates running game found pay dirt when Kobe Cummings scored from 2 yards out.

The Northman were driving when the Pirates forced their second interception of the half, taking over inside their own 1 yard line. Then Clarkson was put to the test as he bobbled the shotgun snap in his own end zone. Northmen defensive lineman surrounded him looking for a safety, and Clarkson lofted a 39 yard completion to Jon Watts. On the next play throwing off his back foot he hooked up again with Richardson for a 61 yard score. Parker Lacina converted his fifth PAT, and the Pirates went to halftime with a 42 - 0 lead.

On their first drive of the second half, Kevin Orange took a handoff and ran 68 yards to setup a 5 yard touchdown run by William Harris. Xander Hulsey kick was the last point of the game.

Pirates coach Bill Utz talked about his offense, “The reason we go to the air is because that is what we do well. We have a lot of good receivers, and we want to get them the ball and be athletes.” Utz also praised his defense, “Last week we got some publicity on offense but our defense gave us some really good field position and we just took advantage of it”.

Next week Oak Park will be home to take on the 2 - 0 Excelsior Springs Tigers. The Pirates will try to remain undefeated against the 2 - 0 Staley Falcons.