Platte County rolls into Class 4 semifinals

By By Thomas Huitt-Johnson News-Press Now
Posted: November 10, 2017 - 11:08 PM



Not everything went right for the Platte County Pirates on Friday night in Moberly, Missouri.

They came out of halftime and fumbled heading into the end zone. And quarterback Tanner Clarkson threw an interception with a win no longer in doubt. But that was about it.

The Pirates cruised past the home team to advance to their first Class 4 state semifinal game in school history, winning 42-14. Platte County (11-2) jumped out to a 42-0 lead at halftime, which followed a three-touchdown lead after the first frame.

Moberly (11-3) struggled to stop the Platte County offense all game. And just after halftime, the Spartans gave Platte County another shot at extending its lead to 49-0. But finally, something went right for them.

The Pirates turned the ball over inside their 10-yard line instead of scoring their seventh unanswered touchdown. The Spartans were able to stop the Pirates the rest of the way and added two touchdowns of their own, including an interception return, that cut into the Pirates’ lead. And that was it.

Devin Richardson started the game with an 18-yard touchdown reception followed by a John Watts 21-yard grab to give the Pirates a 14-0 lead.

Late in the opening quarter, Clarkson took to the ground to extend the lead.

The senior ran a 26-yard score in with 1 minute to go to give his team the three-score lead.

Shortly afterward, Moberly turned the ball over deep in Platte County territory, and following the turnover, Richardson caught a 1-yard TD from Clarkson to go up even more.

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