Metro round up

By Bill Knust PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: August 27, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Lopsided contests ruled the night of games covered in the roundup, but it was a comeback-that-wasn’t that stole the show.

Liberty North scored 27 straight points in the final 8 minutes, 47 seconds, but a missed extra point left them one-point short of overtime as Raytown escaped with a 28-27 victory. 

Smithville led Winnetonka 36-0 at halftime, and Staley led North Kansas City 37-0 at half on their ways to running-clock victories.

The only close game came in a Class 4 tilt between defending state champion and No. 3-ranked Harrisonville, who thwarted a late Savannah drive to hold on for a 12-8 victory.

 Raytown 28, Liberty North 27
The Bluejays raced out to a 28-0 lead through three quarters, but Liberty North continued to fight and had a fourth-quarter comeback thwarted by a missed extra point.

Logan Gibson scored from 2 yards out with 8:47 left in the game, and then quarterback Tyler Bayton went to work. Bayton scored three more times in the final 6:30 to lead the fourth-quarter charge. His 63-yard score cut the Bluejays lead to 28-14, before two more scores from close range setup the dramatic finale.

Harrisonville 12, Savannah 8
The Wildcats scored late in the first half on a 36-yard pass from Ryan Bird to Wyatt Reynolds after a defense battle the entire half. Reynolds again found paydirt in the third quarter when we scored from 25 yards out, following a key fourth-down conversion a few plays earlier.

Savannah made it interesting late in the game when running back Cody Haeker scored from 4 yards out. The Savages made it a four-point game when they converted the two-point play. Savannah drove the ball to midfield with under two minutes remaining, but the Wildcats’ defense held firm with Ben Cleary notching the drive-ending sack.

Staley 44, North Kansas City 7
It was the Zach Elam show for Staley. Elam caught three touchdown passes from quarterback John Raybourn, including a 92-yarder in the first quarter. Raybourn finished with four touchdown passes, the first going to receiver JD Bimbo. Jaden Moss also rushed for a score in the win.

North Kansas City running back Clyde Price rushed for the Hornets lone score.

Smithville 43, Winnetonka 0
This one was all Warriors from start to finish, as Isaac Miller scored three touchdowns on the ground. In all, Smithville racked up seven rushing touchdowns. Ty Eck opened the second half with a kickoff return, and Smithville’s defense held the Griffins scoreless.

Maryville 40, St. Pius X 20
The Spoofhounds raced out to a 26-0 lead before the Warriors fought back with two touchdowns to cut the score to 26-14. Maryville running back Jacob Reuter rushed for four touchdowns (41, 1, 1 and 21 yards) to lead the Spoofhounds and Trey Houchin also rushed for two scores.  Andrew Hipp  caught a 28-yard touchdown for the Warriors in the loss.

Blair Oaks 46, Oak Grove 7
Class 3 No-3 ranked Blair Oaks put on a show for the home crowd. Quarterback Nolan Hair accounted for five touchdowns, three rushing and two throwing, as Blair Oaks had no trouble with Oak Grove.

Hair threw three touchdowns to stake Blair Oaks to a 22-0 lead before Oak Grove responded with its lone score of the game. Tyler Hunter hauled in a 74-yard pass with 3 minutes, 37 seconds to go in the first half. Hair added 33- and 71-yard scores in the second half.