Grabbing the top spot

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 19, 2018 - 11:54 PM

Platte County turned it on in the second half and held off a late Grandview rally to beat the Bulldogs 28-19 on Friday night in Platte City.

A turnover set up the first score of the game as Grandview’s Michael Matthews picked off a Platte County pass deep in Bulldog territory.

Just four plays later, Eli Beard connected with Harold Trainer on an 82-yard bomb with 5:30 left in the first quarter. The Pirates were able to block the PAT to make it 6-0, in favor of the visitors.

Platte County played from behind for the rest of the first half and didn’t take their first lead until the final minute.

With just 39 seconds left in the half, Spencer Stewart hit Brice Bertram for a touchdown pass of 54 yards which gave the Pirates a 7-6 lead at the break.

The Pirates started quickly in the third quarter as the offense got untracked less than two minutes into the half.

Stewart threw his second touchdown pass of the night on fourth down as Cayden Davis beat the Grandview defense to put the Pirates ahead 14-6 with 10:39 left in the quarter.

On Platte County’s next drive Stewart hit Dylan Gilbert for 45 yards and a score to make it 21-6 at the 7:21 mark of the third.

The Pirates kept it rolling with another TD pass from Stewart to Gilbert to make it 28-6 heading into the fourth.

"The coaches made some good adjustments at halftime, the kids found some energy and we were able to get in under control in the second half," Platte County head coach Bill Utz said. "We knew coming in this was going to be a tough match-up. They're a dangerous team. There weren't a whole lot of expectations for this team this season other than what we put on ourselves. It's fun to watch these guys meet some expectations that probably weren't there."

The Bulldogs hung tough and put together a late surge started by a 30-yard TD run with 5:09 left by Beard to make it 28-13.

Grandview crept even closer with an 80-yard pick six by Henderson Moore with just 1:49 to play, but the Bulldogs missed the extra point and Platte County was able to run the clock out after recovering an onside kick.

The win moved the Pirates to 8-1 as they head into the postseason.

For the Pirates, Stewart finished with 347 yards through the air, while Davis rushed for 107 yards and Gilbert caught eight passes for

129 yards.

Trainer's 106 receiving yards and Roderick Smith's 105 yards on the ground paced Grandview (4-5).