Missouri Roundup Week 4

By Zachary Spain PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 15, 2018 - 12:03 AM

Four highly ranked teams in the Missouri Media Rankings emerged unscathed during Week 4 of MSHSAA play with Lee’s Summit West (No. 2 Class 6), Kearney (third in Class 4) and Platte County (Class 4 No. 6) victorious on the road. Highlights from those games and more in the Week 4 Missouri-side roundup.

Platte County 38, Grain Valley 22
Despite three interceptions, quarterback Spencer Stewart completed 21 of his 37 passes, totaling 385 yards through the air and – most importantly – four touchdowns as the visiting Pirates – No. 6 in Class 4 – held off Grain Valley (2-2, 1-2 KC Suburban Conference Blue) on Friday.

After the Eagles twice cut Platte County’s lead to 2, Stewart touchdown passes gave the Pirates (3-1, 1-1 Suburban Blue) breathing room.

Cole Keller’s 15-yard TD pass to Gavin Oyler helped Grain Valley pull within 17-15 at halftime and the game remained there until Stewart’s 3-yard touchdown completion to Dylan Gilbert midway through the third quarter.

After Oyler scored again to make it 24-22, this time on a 57-yard completion from Jace Collum, Stewart hit Gilbert again for 61 yards to pull away for good. Gilbert finished with 7 catches for 123 yards alongside Brice Bertram’s 215 yards from 8 receptions. His two first-quarter touchdowns from Stewart went for 80 and 53 yards.

Platte County running back Adel Freitek accounted for 200 yards of offense from 28 touches and a touchdown as the Pirates compiled 564 yards in a frenetic game that saw the teams combine for more than 1,000 yards of offense, 144 plays, 16 penalties and 9 turnovers.

Grain Valley’s Keller ran for a touchdown and passed for 146 yards, but threw two interceptions – including one picked by Bertram.

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Lawson 49, Plattsburg 14
Quarterback Andrew Stephens had his most prolific rushing game of the season, collecting 104 yards and 4 touchdowns for the host Cardinals, ranked fifth in Class 2, as their 28-0 run in the first half was too much for Class 1 Plattsburg (1-3, 0-2 KCI).

While Stephens’ longest scoring run was his first, a 22-yarder to give Lawson (4-0, 2-0 KCI) the early lead, it was the junior’s 7-yard TD with 4:57 to go in the first quarter that broke the 7-7 tie and set the Cardinals rolling. He also had second-quarter touchdown runs of 8 and 10 yards and converted 5 of 6 extra points.

Dalton Cook ran for 103 yards and a touchdown as Lawson had 397 yards on the ground.

Plattsburg’s offense, meanwhile, relied on Gannon Steggall’s passing as he went 8 for 15 for 176 yards and long touchdowns to DeRon Burnside (80 yards) and Garrett Stephens (41 yards) in the loss.

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Lee’s Summit West 28, Columbia Rock Bridge 7
The surging Titans – No. 2 in Class 6 – had little trouble on the road in Columbia against seventh-ranked Rock Bridge (2-2).

Quarterback Ben Kobel and receiver Cade Clemons teamed up three times for touchdowns for Lee’s Summit West (4-0). Kobel’s 6-yard pass to Clemons – set up by a 40-yard completion to Sammy Cooper – gave LSW the early lead. They connected again for a 20-yard score in the third.

But it was their connection in between that was especially memorable. A series of backfield pitches, first to Cooper, then to Clemons, allowed Kobel to spring loose and take Clemons’ forward pass to the quarterback 54 yards and the end zone.

Kobel finished with three touchdown passes – he added a 50-yarder to Trevor Kardell in the third quarter – to go with the trick-play reception.

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Kearney 49, Winnetonka 13
Dakota Ah-Mu threw 3 touchdowns while Patrick Connery ran for 3 more as Class 4 No. 3 Kearney scored 42 first-half points to hand Winnetonka its third-consecutive loss in a KC Suburban Conference Blue game played at North Kansas City.

All three of Ah-Mu’s touchdowns – two of them to Jacob Stevens – came in the first half. The senior was a tidy 10-of-12 passing for 180 yards. Stevens was the recipient of half of those completions and ended up with 123 yards receiving.

Connery, meanwhile, had touchdown runs of 32, 1 and 51 yards for Kearney (3-1, 2-0 Suburban Blue) on the way to 146 yards from 14 carries – his lightest workload of the season.

After a season-opening win, the Griffins (1-3, 0-3) have dropped three straight, all to conference foes.

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Chillicothe 34, Cameron 8
Cade Keohly and quarterback Jaden Winder each scored twice from inside the 5-yard-line, while Colten Sewell had two interceptions – one he returned for touchdown – as historic Class 3 power Chillicothe earned its first win under first-year coach Tim Rulo, overwhelming the visiting Dragons (2-2, 0-2 Midland Empire).

The Hornets (1-3, 1-1 Midland Empire), who went 10-2 and were district runners up a year ago, had been outscored 104-0 in their first three games before running away with Friday’s game.

Koehly bookended Chillicothe’s scoring with the first – from 3 yards – and final touchdowns (1 yard) of the game as he rushed 28 times for 172 yards total.

For Cameron, quarterback Tyler Campbell rushed for the Dragons’ only touchdown and threw for 139 yards on 14-of-25 passing, but was picked off twice by Sewell.

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