Jeff City too much for Park Hill
By Matt Pepper The Platte County Citizen
Park Hill knew coming into Friday night’s game it would be faced with a steep task when matched up with the third ranked team in Class 6, the Jefferson City Jays.
From the first play Jeff City made sure that thought never left their mind as quarterback Thomas LaPage hit A. J. Miller for a catch and run of 75 yards for a touchdown. Miller had four receptions for 126 yards on the night.
The Jays never looked back as they rattled off two more first quarter touchdowns on runs of 7 and 28 yards by Devon Moore to put them up 21-0 in the game’s opening period before they went onto a 42-0 rout of the Trojans.
LaPage seemed to be hitting receivers at will as he went 14 for 19 passing racking up 327 yards. 79 of those yards were on an early second quarter connection to Daniel Ajuzie for a touchdown putting Jeff City up 28-0.
The Trojans struggled to find offensive rhythm throughout the night, only producing 28 yards in the first half. Their closest opportunity came when the Trojans recovered a fumbled Jefferson City punt return, giving Park Hill the ball at the Jays 37-yard line and their best field position of the night. But several plays later, Trojan quarterback Tyler White was picked off by a Jay defender to end the drive.
Despite a missed field goal attempt on the ensuing drive, Jeff City put an additional score on the board following another interception before halftime when Moore caught a screen pass and ran 18 yards for a touchdown reception, adding to his impressive three touchdown night. The Jays went into the locker room at halftime with a commanding 35-0 lead.
With a running clock in the second half, Elijah Sherwood added a 3-yard touchdown run to extend Jeff City’s lead to 42-0 towards the end of the third quarter. Park Hill’s offense was able to put several productive drives together in the second half, but the 123 total yards of offense were not enough to dent the Jays defense and their nearly 500 yards of total offense.
Jefferson City improves to 5-0 on the year and will face Washington next week. Park Hill falls to 3-2 as they go on the road next week to North Kansas City.
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