Missouri Roundup Week 10

By Bill Knust PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: October 21, 2017 - 12:56 AM

The opening round of district play on the Missouri side usually sees its share of blowouts, but occasionally you get a result that will grab your attention. Tonight that was previously winless Ruskin grabbing its first victory of the season, shocking Raytown 20-14 in the Class 5 District 6 playoffs.

In other action, Class 4 No. 6-ranked Platte County struggled for a half with St. Joseph Benton before exploding in the second half with 36 points to easily win, 50-21.

Class 6 No. 5-ranked Park Hill’s offense continued to put points up at a blistering pace, and its defense wasn’t shabby either, holding Springfield Kickapoo to 7 points in a 57-7 victory.

Lawson and Maryville both rolled to easy wins in their district openers as well. Lawson beat St. Joseph Bishop LeBlond 36-6, and Class 3 No. 7-ranked Maryville destroyed Lincoln College Prep 69-26, scoring 48 points in the first quarter.

Ruskin 20, Raytown 14
Ruskin picked a wonderful time to notch its first win of the season. The Eagles (1-9), the No. 6 seed in the district, upset No. 3-seeded Raytown (5-5) behind a team effort. Tyrell Rock was a force on both sides of the ball. Rock had two interceptions and also a couple of touchdown runs to pace the Eagles.

The Eagles will face Battle in the Class 5 District 6 semifinals next week.

Platte County 50, St. Joseph Benton 21
Tied at halftime, Platte County woke up in the third quarter with a 22-point outburst and won comfortably, 50-21. Quarterback Tanner Clarkson tossed four touchdown passes, two of those to receiver John Watts, as the Pirates rebounded from their overtime loss to Kearney last week.

Pirates’ running back Gavin Hardman finished with 83 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while Platte County’s defense snagged two interceptions, forced a safety and Joe Ford returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.

The Pirates will face longtime rival Smithville in the Class 4 District 8 semifinals next week. The two teams have hooked up for some high-drama district affairs in the last decade.

Park Hill 57, Springfield Kickapoo 7
Park Hill wasted little time putting away their first-round district opponent. The Trojans scored 14 points in the first quarter, and they led 30-0 at the half on their way to a 57-7 win.

Quarterback Billy Maples threw three touchdowns, two to Ronnie Bell, and running back Dorian Clayton continued to roll, racking up 188 yards and three touchdowns on only 18 carries.  Maples was 22-for-39 for 207 yards and three scores, while Bell hauled in 13 of those passes for 114 yards. Park Hill’s defense allowed only 185 total yards and forced one turnover.

The Trojans will face Lee’s Summit in the Class 6 District 4 semifinals next week. The Tigers look to continue their hot streak after upsetting Lee’s Summit West two weeks ago and No. 3-seeded Joplin this week.

Lawson 36, St. Joseph Bishop LeBlond 6
A stingy Lawson defense made it hard on LeBlond, not allowing a score until the final quarter. Behind that strong defense, the Cardinals cruised to a 36-6 victory in the opening round of districts.

The Cardinals defense snagged an interception and recovered a fumble. Meanwhile the offense did it’s damage on the ground, rushing for 329 yards on 46 attempts. Leading the way was quarterback Andrew Stephens. He carried it 13 times for 128 yards and three scores. He also threw a touchdown as well.

Cardinals running back Joe Kessler rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries, and Grant Thomas carried it five times for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Lawson will face Class 2 District 8 No. 1-seed Lafayette County in the district semifinals.  Lafayette County is ranked No. 5 in Class 2.

Maryville 69, Lincoln Prep 26
The Spoofhounds scored 48 points in the first quarter, and this district showdown was over before the game even got to halftime. Maryville rushed for 8 scores and also returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Maryville running back Tyler Houchin carried it four times for 82 yards and a score, while Eli Downs also had 65 yards on three carries for two touchdowns.