Got their number

Todd Nugent/Special to PrepsKC

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 15, 2017 - 10:16 AM

The Highway 92 Showdown between Kearney and Platte County need an overtime period to decide the winner.

Kearney (7-2) started on offense in OT and went right to their big-play wideout Gunnar Carpenter, who finished the night with seven catches for 155 yards and two TDs, and he hauled in the TD pass to put Kearney ahead 38-31.

Platte County took over with a chance to extend the game to a second overtime, but those hopes were dashed when Kearney senior linebacker Brock Willis snagged the interception which sealed the 38-31 win for the Bulldogs.

"The one thing are kids don't do is give up," Kearney head coach Josh Gray said. "Last week we had some adversity, but we came back strong and that was a heck of a battle tonight. We're excited for the playoffs and want to keep this momentum rolling."

The first quarter ended like it began with the teams deadlocked.

Kearney got on the board first with a score set up by a fumble recovery at their own 25 with 7:54 left in the first. Just over one minute later, junior Patrick Connery broke free for a 52-yard touchdown run to give Kearney a 7-0 lead.

Platte County went to the air to even the score as Tanner Clarkson lofted a 34-yard TD toss to Brice Bertram with 4:43 left in the first to tie the game.

The Pirates took their first lead of the game just less than one minute into the second on a circus catch by Devin Richardson.

Platte County stayed on top late into the first half before Kearney was able to even the score once more in the final two minutes.

A 24-yard TD pass from Dakota Ah-Mu, who threw for 319 yards and three scores, to Jake Hoffman made it a 14-14 game with 1:10 to play in the second quarter.

An interception by Bulldog junior linebacker Brett Mordecai set up a 31-yard field goal by Devin Ogle that put the home team back on top at

17-14 less than two minutes into the third.

Platte County responded with a field goal of their own from Parker Lacina and it was 17-all after three.

The Bulldogs opened the fourth at the Platte County 1-yard-line and needed just one play to punch it in. Connery’s second rushing TD gave Kearney a 24-17 lead.

Kearney held that edge until the 2:11 mark of the quarter when Dakota Schmidt dove into the end zone to tie the score for the fourth time

(24-24) with just 2:11 to play.

Kearney appeared to seal the deal with a 75-yard TD bomb to Carpenter with just 1:25 left, but with the way this game played out it was only fitting Platte County had an answer. The Pirates score came with just

18 seconds left and sent the game to overtime at 31-31.

The Pirates (7-2) air attack was paced by Clarkson, who threw for 437 yards and three scores and Dylan Gilbert's 132 yards receiving.

Both teams will next be in action as postseason play begins next week.