Platte County pounds Park Hill South

By Joe Caronia PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: September 2, 2018 - 8:44 AM

The Platte County Pirates started out fast and cruised to a 45 - 14 victory over the Park Hill South Panthers.

The Panthers lost there starting quarterback last week, to a MCL sprain. Panthers coach Mike Sharp, “Matt Suchanick was hit on the knee on the last significant play of the game.” If that was not enough of a problem, the team has many players battling illness.

The first quarter was all Pirates, Adel Freitek started the scoring with a 13 yard touchdown run. Then the Pirates senior quarterback, Spencer Stewart, hooked up with Brice Bertram for two touchdowns from 10 and 45 yards.

The second quarter was not much better for the Panthers. Early in the period, Grant Allen kicked a 22 yard field goal. The ensuing kickoff was not handled by the Panthers, and :16 seconds later Freitek scored again, this time from 5 yards out. It was going so good for the Pirates, that when the PAT snap was bobbled, the holder Nolan Saale, threw a pass that was deflected right to Garret Watson, for the two point conversion.

The Panthers tried to make it a game when quarterback Gaige Warren kept an option and scored from 1 yard out.

The Pirates would not deterred. Starting on their own 20-yard line, with just over two minutes left in the half, they scored again. Helped by long pass from Stewart to Dayton Mitchell, Freitek carried the ball the last 2 yards. The Pirates went into halftime up 38 - 7.

In the third quarter Stewart connected again with Freiek from 7 yards out.

The Panthers Ta’Von Tusa, who broke some long runs during the game scored on a 16 yard run for the final touchdown of the game.

Pirates coach Bill Utz, talked about leaving a lot of the designs to his quarterback. “We will call a play on the sideline but he, (Stewart), can check out of it anytime. If he can tell us why he did it we are okay with it.

The Pirates will try to remain undefeated when they travel to Kearney next week. The Panthers will be looking for their first win when they travel to St. Joe Central.