Missouri side Week 4 roundup

By Bill Knust PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: September 9, 2017 - 12:29 AM



A couple of shootouts highlight the Metro roundup in Week 4. Oak Park got its first win of the season, and also its first under new head coach Ken Clemens. The Northmen built a 28-0 lead before holding off North Kansas City to claim a 49-40 victory. Class 5 No. 2-ranked Staley also won a back-and-forth contest with Blue Springs South. The two teams put on a show through the air, but the Falcons held off the Jaguars in the end. Staley's Rod Criss and JD Benbow had a hand in all six of the team's scores. They each caught two scores and rushed for one.

Oak Park 49, North Kansas City 40
Oak Park got its first win of the season, coming at the expense of district rival North Kansas City, 49-40.

There were plenty of offensive fireworks in the contest that saw the teams combine for 10 touchdowns over 20 yards.

Oak Park looked like it would cruise to victory early in the contest, as the Northmen raced to a 28-0 lead.

Blake Bland hooked up with Jhaidyn Richardson twice for scores sandwiched around a Kevin Orange 82-yard touchdown run. Jesi Bediako scored the first of his two touchdowns on the night to make it 28-0 before the Hornets began to fight back.

Northtown quarterback Zion Thornton scored on a keeper from 56 yards out before scoring again from 15 yards away and then tossing a 63-yard pass to Logan Brewer to cut the score to 28-19.

Oak Park then scored 28 of the next 34 points to make it 49-25 before North Kansas City running back Clyde Price scored from 42 and 75 yards to make the final 49-40.

Staley 41, Blue Springs South 37
A wild shootout saw Class 5 No. 2-ranked Staley stay undefeated with a 41-37 victory at Blue Springs South.

The back-and-forth affair saw the lead change hands twice and the Jaguars cut the Falcons lead to under seven points twice in the fourth quarter.

Staley quarterback John Raybourn and Blue Springs South quarterback Brody Parker combined to put on an aerial show.

Raybourn threw four touchdowns, two to Rod Criss and two to JD Benbow, and Benbow and Criss also each rushed for a touchdown in the victory.

Staley raced out to a quick 13-0 lead, but the Jaguars scored the next 17 points to grab a 17-13 lead.

The Falcons answered with 14 straight points to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the night.

Parker hit DJ Frost for a 65-yard touchdown to cut the score to 34-31, but Raybourn immediately answered back for the Falcons finding Benbow for a 49-yard touchdown.

Staley faces Class 5 No. 5-ranked Fort Osage next week.

Belton 35, Raytown South 28
Raytown South built a 14-point lead, but Belton fought back to claim a 35-28 victory.

Pirates quarterback Bart Harris hooked up with receiver Jaden Clark three times for scores in the contest.

Trailing 14-0, Clark’s 70-yard score ignited Belton’s offense for 28 points. Harris found Clark for another score, this one from 20 yards out to tie the contest.

After the first of Dante Madden’s two rushing touchdowns on the night, Harris hooked up with Clark to make it 28-14.

Raytown South would cut the deficit to seven points twice more, but they could never find that key score to tie it.

Lexington 46, Wellington-Napoleon 8
Class 2 No. 9-ranked Lexington made easy work of previously undefeated Wellington-Napolean. The Minutemen improved to 4-0 with an easy 46-8 victory.

Running back Alvaro Porras scored twice on runs of 30 and 68 yards while Sean Emerson added three scores of his own.

After Porras opened the scoring one minute into the game, Emerson added his first score of the night after the Minutemen jumped on a botched punt snap. Emerson then scooped up a bad punt and rumbled in from 8 yards out.

Emerson added his third touchdown of the night midway through the second quarter, as the Minutemen led 30-0 at halftime.

Trey Shannon scored Wellington-Napolean’s lone touchdown on a 9-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

Sedalia Smith-Cotton 35, Pleasant Hill 14
Sedalia Smith-Cotton led from start to finish, beating Pleasant Hill 35-14.

Four first-half touchdowns put the Tigers up 28-0 at the half. Quarterback Jaden Kendrick ran for a touchdown and threw for two more in the victory.

Kendrick got the Tigers on the board with a 7-yard keeper. After Gauge Young also scored from 7 yards out, Kendrick hit Zach Powell for a 77-yard catch and run to make the score 21-0.

Pleasant Hill got a touchdown from Cody Faust and then converted a fumbled punt return for another 1-yard score to make the score final.