Grain Valley hammers Nevada

By Colby Gordon The Examiner
Posted: October 28, 2017 - 1:02 AM

Grain Valley coach David Allie said his team came fired up to play Friday.

It certainly showed.

The Eagles scored four times in the first 11 minutes and dominated on special teams during a 52-14 win over Nevada in a Class 4 District 6 semifinal at Moody Murray Community Field.

The Eagles now have a rematch with Harrisonville at 7 p.m. next Friday at home for the district title.

“We talked about all week how physical Nevada was and how big they were, and we saw film on them, so we came out ready to play,” Allie said. “It was a great job by our kids and great job by our staff getting them ready.”

Besides forcing five turnovers — four of which came in the kicking game — the Eagles had the connection of quarterback Tate Collum and wide receiver Michael Marquez clicking.

The two connected on four passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns.

“The way their defense was set up, we took advantage of that,” said Marquez, who finished with 132 yards on five receptions. “Our coaches do a good job of making adjustments and knowing what plays to run based on the way the defense lines up.”

Collum and Marquez started the scoring almost immediately, hooking up on a 34-yard touchdown pass nearly 90 seconds into the game.

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