Missouri side Week 5 roundup

By Bill Knust PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: September 22, 2017 - 2:29 PM



A trio of Missouri-Kansas contests headlines Week 5 in the Metro roundup. The Show-Me State came out on top in all three contests, but it was the local contests that saw a pair of great finishes.

Defending Class 4 state champion Harrisonville needed 13 points in the final 2:51 to hand Excelsior Springs its first loss of the season. Oak Grove also got a late touchdown to beat rival Odessa 18-14.

Liberty continued its hot start behind star running back Robert Rawie and a stingy defense, and Lee’s Summit North stopped Olathe Northwest’s two-point conversion to hold on for a one-point victory.

Harrisonville 26, Excelsior Springs 21
It looked like Excelsior Springs was going to pull off a second-straight victory against Harrisonville, but some late-game dramatics wouldn’t let that happen.

The Wildcats scored twice in the final 2:51 to take a 26-21 victory and drop Excelsior Springs.

Quarterback Ryan Bird threw two touchdown passes to help turn a 21-13 deficit into a 26-21 victory.

A 20-yard touchdown reception by Nick Laughlin capped the comeback. Laughlin found himself behind a Tigers’ defender on a little corner route in the end zone.

The play was set up by an onside kick and a big pass from Bird to Jasper Davis. Then the Tigers tackled Bird late out of bounds to move it from the Tigers’ 35 to the 20-yard line.

Bird hit Davis for a 60-yard score to cut the lead to 21-19 with 2:51 remaining after the 2-point conversion failed.

The loss spoiled a wonderful game from Excelsior Springs quarterback Peyton Soria. He finished with three touchdowns, all from short distance, and his final score with 6:35 remaining looked like it was going to cap the night.

Liberty 34, Olathe East 13
The story of the night was Class 5 No. 4-ranked Liberty’s defense and the continued dominance of running back Robert Rawie.

After spotting Olathe East an early lead, the Blue Jays stormed back to win 34-13. Liberty reeled off 34 unanswered points, including 27 in the fourth quarter.

Rawie rushed for four more touchdowns and finished with 226 yards on 33 carries. His 77-yarder with 3:15 left in the contest was a backbreaker.

Olathe East jumped out to a 13-0 lead behind a pair of Spencer Grosz field goals and a 53-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Thomas to TyJuan Lewis.

Rawie got the first of his four scores midway through the second quarter, and the Blue Jays trailed 13-7 at half before their fourth-quarter dominance.

Lee’s Summit North 24, Olathe Northwest 23
A stop on a two-point conversion enabled Lee’s Summit North to walk away with a 24-23 victory against Olathe Northwest.

The Ravens scored with little time left on the clock when Andrew Dumas notched his third touchdown of the game. However, the Broncos defense bowed its neck and stopped the Ravens ensuing two-point try to come away with the victory.

After trailing 14-0, Lee’s Summit North scored 24 straight to take a 24-12 lead.

Quarterback Christian Carter threw a 27-yard touchdown to Keyon Mozee and he also ran for a 2-yard score.

After North’s defense recovered a fumble deep in Ravens’ territory, Broncos’ running back John Eldridge scored from two yards out late in the third quarter.

Lee’s Summit 28, Olathe South 15
A big third quarter lifted Lee’s Summit over Olathe South, 28-15.

The Tigers got a pick-six from Alec Cassidy, as he returned it 44 yards for the score. It also gave Lee’s Summit the lead for good in what had been a back-and-forth affair.

Quarterback Preston Whitworth put the exclamation point on things with his 15-yard score to make it 28-15.

South’s Nick Jouret rushed for two scores in the loss. His 3-yard touchdown gave South a 6-0 lead, and then his 1-yard score made it 15-14 at the half.

Oak Grove 18, Odessa 14
A late 5-yard touchdown run gave Oak Grove an 18-14 win against Odessa. The lead changed hands four times, but it was the Panthers who were on top when the game was final.

Odessa quarterback Josey Meierarend threw two touchdowns in the loss. The first, a 6-yard pass to Bryley Ray, made the score 7-6. His second to Eliyh D'obron made it 14-12, and it looked like it might be the difference in the contest with just 10:39 remaining in the game.