Missouri Week 10 Roundup

By Zachary Spain PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 27, 2018 - 12:29 AM

The first week of Missouri’s district playoffs followed a typical script: a mix of rematches and the blowouts one would expect in the first round of an everyone-is-included tournament. A look at some of the games from around Kansas City:

Class 6, District 4:
Lee’s Summit West 21, Liberty North 13

Ben Kobel’s 335 yards and three passing touchdowns -- two of them to Trevor Kardell -- helped second-seeded Lee’s Summit West (9-1) escape the sixth-seeded Blue Jays’ upset bid.

And it sets up an even greater challenge next week for the Class 6 No. 2 Titans: a Top 5 matchup in the district semifinals against third-seeded Rockhurst (8-2 and No. 4 in Class 6).

To get there, Kobel threw touchdown passes in each of the first three quarters as LSW never trailed. But after Keshawn Turner’s six-yard scoring run pulled Liberty North (4-6) to within a point at 14-13 with 8:26 left in the third quarter, the Titans and Kobel responded with two-and-a-half minute, six-play drive that culminated with Sammy Cooper taking a Kobel pass for touchdown.

That proved to be enough as the Eagles got inside the LSW 15-yard line with eight seconds left but couldn’t convert on two passes in the final seconds.

Class 5, District 7:
Belton 54, Ruskin 28

Quarterback Andrew Clark threw three of his five touchdowns in the first quarter while the host Pirates stormed to 26 points in the period, then weathered Ruskin surge before pulling away for good.

Clark completed 17 of his 22 passes for 310 yards, with TDs to four different receivers. Antione Nunn Jr. hauled in two of them and collected 120 yards. Ezekiel Henson led all receivers with seven catches and finished with 120 yards and a touchdown.

Quarterback Carlo Terrell and running back Rahjai Rivers combined for 226 yards rushing for fifth-seeded Ruskin (1-9). But it was Robert Vaughn’s five-yard TD run early in the third quarter -- his only carry of the game -- that pulled the Golden Eagles to within a possession at 33-28.

Clark’s 33-yard touchdown to Henson with 3:21 left in the third retook momentum for the fourth-seeded Pirates (3-7).

In the district semifinals, they will travel to top-seeded Raytown (8-1), which is No. 4 in the class and was idle this week with a bye.

Class 5, District 8:
Oak Park 28, St. Joseph Central 7

The visiting Northmen (4-6) scored 21 points in the second quarter -- and led 28-0 until the final seconds of the third -- after getting a pivotal fourth-and-goal stop thanks to a sack by Avery Williams.

Williams contributed later with a forced fumble and recovery he returned for 55 yards.

Oak Park’s best season in at least a decade will continue for another week, when it will visit Staley (7-2), the No. 2 team in the state who had the week off as the district’s top seed. This is the end of the road for Central (2-8), which suffered a fifth-consecutive losing season.

Class 4, District 8:

Platte County 57, Winnetonka 21
Behind six touchdown passes from Spencer Stewart and a pair of rushing TDs from Adel Freitek, the No. 4-ranked Pirates dispatched Winnetonka for the second time in three weeks to advance again in the Class 4 playoffs, where they reached the state semifinals last year.

Stewart was an efficient 17-for-21 with 297 yards through the air. Receiver Dylan Gilbert received 193 yards and three of his Stewart’s touchdown passes

Platte City (9-1) led 29-0 just five seconds into the second quarter before Tonka quarterback Javon Satterwhite found Anthony Triplets for 29 yards. Satterwhite threw two more TDs and led the eighth-seeded Griffins (1-9) with 46 yards rushing.

Next up for top-seeded Platte County: fourth-seeded Excelsior Springs (8-2).

Kearney 51, Marshall 6
Dakota Ah-Mu and No. 7 Kearney’s offense put on a show in its opening round home win over sixth-seeded Marshall (3-7).

Ah-Mu had touchdown passes of 69 and 65 yards to Jacob Stevens -- who had eight catches and 200 yards receiving -- on the way to 279 yards and four total touchdowns. Running back Patrick Connery added 115 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

Next week, the Bulldogs (8-2) get a chance to avenge their 17-14 Oct. 19 home loss when they visit second-seeded and No. 6-ranked Smithville (9-1) to advance to the district championship game.

Class 3, District 7:
Odessa 62, Oak Grove 7

The top-ranked Bulldogs (10-0) continued their dominance, topping the 48-point threshold for the eighth time this season -- and for the second time against visiting Oak Grove (1-9), who they beat 49-0 on Sept. 21.

Quarterback Josey Meierarend only needed seven completions on nine attempts to pass for four touchdowns and 151 yards. Dakota DeGraffenried ran for three more touchdowns on 15 carries for 164 yards.

They’ve already made their longest postseason journey since reaching finishing Class 3 state runner-up in 2015. A rematch with No. 10 Pleasant Hill (8-2) -- which Odessa defeated by its closest margin of the season, 48-38, two weeks ago -- is next along the Bulldogs’ path.

Class 3, District 8
St. Pius X 41, Cameron 15

Quarterback Jack Mosh passed for one touchdown and ran for another while the host Warriors’ defense forced six turnovers to beat sixth-seeded Cameron (3-7) for a second time.

Third-seeded St. Pius X (6-4) no has another rematch on the horizon in the district semifinals, this one against second-seeded Savannah. The Savages (7-3) will prove to be a stiff test: they routed SPX 42-0 last week in the final game of the regular season.

Class 2, District 7
Lafayette County 49, St. Michael the Archangel 7

Mason Gash’s 113 yards and four rushing touchdowns -- three of which came in the first quarter -- propelled the third-seeded Huskers (6-4).

Gage Wentland ran for a score and caught another in the second quarter as Lafayette County led 35-0 less than 16 minutes into the game.

The sixth-seeded Guardians (4-6) were undone by four turnovers and managed just 111 yards on offense. Still, the second-year program showed marked improvement over their inaugural 0-9 campaign.

The Huskers, meanwhile, advance to play at second-seeded Holden next week. Lafayette County won 31-27 at Holden in Week 6.