Ray-Pec runs past St. Joseph Central

By Isaiah Swann News-Press Now
Posted: September 15, 2017 - 11:29 PM

In a grit and grind run-heavy game, Raymore-Peculiar delivered a timely 37-14 win on Central’s Senior Night.

Central left everything on Noyes Field on Friday evening and even though the final result wasn’t what coach Andy Ball had hoped, his team never threw in the towel, he said.

“They want to win so bad and they are giving everything they got,” Ball said. “I’m just proud of them. I knew they were gassed but they kept getting up.”

Central (1-4) lost to Class 6 Ray-Pec but said the team is just a few notches away from coming away with a big-time win.

“I firmly believe we have to keep correcting the little bitty details,” Ball said. “It’s not a lack of effort. Those guys are working their tails off.”

His team struck first with a 1-yard touchdown courtesy of junior running back Hunter Madison. Central marched its offense down the field quickly and effectively.

At the end of the first quarter, Central held a 7-0 lead. The momentum and the energy seemed to be in its favor.

But just 1 minute into the second quarter, Ray-Pec responded.

The Panther offense was led by quarterback Noah Durham. The senior finished with 146 passing yards and two touchdowns.

“Our quarterback was on the money tonight,” Ray-Pec coach Tom Kruse said. “That’s key for us to be getting the ball to different guys.”

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