Metro Roundup Week 3

By Bill Knust and PrepsKC Staff
Posted: September 2, 2017 - 10:08 PM



The story of the night in the Metro round up was the play of Liberty running back Robert Rawie. The Simone Award contender finished with four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving) as the Class 5 No. 5-ranked Blue Jays overpowered crosstown rival Liberty North 42-7.

In Kansas, Pittsburg ended defending Class 4 state champion Harrisonville’s 11-game win streak with a convincing 37-21 victory, while Class 6 No. 9-ranked Rockhurst overpowered Bentonville (Ark.) 35-8.

 Liberty 42, Liberty North 7
The crosstown rivalry turned into a one-sided affair, as Class 5 No. 5-ranked Liberty rolled to a 42-7 victory against Liberty North.

Running back Robert Rawie finished with four touchdowns, and Blue Jays quarterback Thomas Henrichs tossed three touchdowns in the win.

Holding a 14-7 lead at the half, Liberty had too much firepower for the Eagles, and broke the game open in the third quarter.

Rawie juked, danced and outran multiple Eagle defenders to the end zone to make it 20-7 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter.

Henrichs broke North’s back on the next drive. Backed up against their own end zone, the Blue Jays’ line gave Henrichs a perfect pocket and plenty of time to throw. Henrichs did the rest, finding a streaking Gibson Brown for a 92-yard score.

Rawie added two more rushing scores in the victory.

Liberty North’s score came from Taylor Burton in the first quarter.

Lee’s Summit West 41, Raymore-Peculiar 7
Lee’s Summit West controlled the contest from start to finish on its way to an easy 41-7 victory.

The Class 6 No. 7-ranked Titans bounced back after a loss to Blue Springs last week, and got a combined five touchdown passes from quarterbacks Ben Kobel and Sammy Cooper.

Kobel tossed scores to Trevor Cardell, Kade Clemens and Mario Goodrich, while Cooper hooked up with Phillip Brooks and Jackson Galloway in the easy win.

Brooks also added a 59-yard touchdown run in the victory.

Raymore-Peculiar’s lone touchdown came on Zaire Hardin’s catch late in the fourth quarter.

Pittsburg (Kan.) 37, Harrisonville 21
Pittsburg, in its first game of the season, looked sharp in a 37-21 win against Harrisonville.

The victory by the Dragons snapped an 11-game win streak dating back to last season for the Wildcats.

Harrisonville, ranked No. 2 in Class 4, led 13-7 in the second quarter before Pittsburg reeled off 30 straight points.

After Dillon White hauled in a 32-yard pass from Pittsburg quarterback Chase Curtis to open the scoring, Harrisonville running back Joe Bowers cut the lead to one on an 8-yard score.

Nick Kruse then recovered a fumble at Pittsburg’s 23-yard line on the ensuing possession, and Ryan Byrd wasted little time finding Kolby Knowles to grab a 13-7 lead.

It was all Dragons after that, though. Curtis threw two more touchdown passes, and Pittsburg scored two more on the ground in the win.

Wildcats running back Wyatt Reynolds added a late touchdown and two-point conversion to make the final score.

Rockhurst 35, Bentonville (Ark.) 7
Class 6 No. 9-ranked Rockhurst looked very strong in a 35-8 victory against Bentonville.

Quarterback Derek Green threw for a touchdown and ran for two more in the victory.

Green’s 6-yard pass to Jacob Sykes got the Hawklets on the board, and he made it 21-0 late in the second quarter on a quarterback draw.

Rockhurst’s defense picked off Bentonville three times in the contest, with the offense taking advantage of those every time.

Matt O’Keefe and Joe Cost both finished with scores on the ground in the win as well.

Excelsior Springs 23, Oak Park 0
Excelsior Springs held off Oak Park in a hard-fought content. Quarterback Peyton Soria scored twice and also kicked a field goal in the victory.

The Tigers found themselves in Northmen territory most of the first half, yet they only had a touchdown lead at half to show for it.

Soria made sure to extend that quickly in the third quarter, taking a keeper 74 yards to make it 13-0.

Running back Corbyn Hutchings added another score in the third quarter to make it 20-0, and Soria capped the scoring with a 29-yard field goal.

St. James Academy 45, Mill Valley 21
The Thunder knocked off defending two-time Kansas 5A state champion Mill Valley behind Jack Petz, who scored three touchdowns and rushed for 125 yards on 19 carries. Petz scored twice on 1-yard runs and another on a 38-yard run.

St. James Academy scored 28 unanswered points to take a 45-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Cody Schmidt scored on a 22-yard touchdown run after a Mill Valley interception, one of five Jaguars turnovers. Cameron Young cut the lead to 45-21 on a 4-yard run, but it was too little, too late.

Paola 35, Piper 21
The Panthers took an early 14-0 lead before the Pirates tied the game behind Terrance Collins, who scored on runs of 25 and 70 yards. Paola regained the lead on Carter Holub’s 3-yard run with 4 minutes to go before halftime.

Paola went up 28-14 before Dalton White ripped off a 90-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter. The Panthers answered on Colton Gleghorn’s 49-yard touchdown run with 4:20 left in the third.

White finished with 133 yards on 10 carries while Collins finished with 116 yards on 13 carries in a losing effort.

Olathe North 39, Wichita Heights 25
Trailing 18-0 in the second quarter, defense and special teams carried Olathe North to 32 unanswered points, highlighted by a scoop-and-score touchdown by Drew Rediger midway through the third quarter and a 52-yard punt return by Daymonn Sanchez in the fourth.

After Wichita Heights cut the lead to 32-25 with 4:28 left, Zac Krause hit Sanchez for a 72-yard touchdown pass to seal the win.

Savion Butner’s defensive touchdown pulled the Eagles to within 18-6, followed by Krause’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Mason Myers with 2.9 seconds left before halftime.

St. Thomas Aquinas 35, Gardner-Edgerton 14
The Saints took a 28-0 lead into halftime after quarterback Will Swanson connected with tight end Joe Clune on a touchdown pass. Aquinas increased its lead to 35-0 with 2:40 left in the third quarter.