Harrisonville tops Pleasant Hill in MRVC battle

By Stephanie Yeagle The Cass-County Democrat Missourian
Posted: September 30, 2011 - 10:07 PM

The gridiron battle between Harrisonville and Pleasant Hill always brings out a ton of fans, a bunch of school spirit and a fight on the football field. But once again, the MRVC West Cass County bragging rights went to the Wildcats as they blew through the Roosters, 29-14, for a homecoming victory Friday at Memorial Stadium.

The game started out slow with both teams geared up defensively. The Wildcats had a chance to score on their third possession after junior defensive back Walter Eastwood snagged up a fumble recovery that rolled 40 yards down the field to the 27-yard line. But on the fourth down, senior running back Brett Bearden's carry was just one yard short of a first down, giving the Roosters back the ball.

After Pleasant Hill was forced to punt, Harrisonville's offense revved up. On the fourth down, the Wildcats did a fake punt as junior defensive back Jameson Knox connected with sophomore defensive back Austin Hopper for a first down on the 7-yard line. Senior running back John Fuller carried the ball into the end zone on the next play for a score with 1:06 minutes remaining in the first quarter. After senior kicker Robert Kopetzky's kick, the Wildcats led 7-0.

"It was pretty rough, but we got in control a little bit," Harrisonville senior wide receiver Ben Sevy said. "Not our best game."

Before the second quarter started, Hopper picked up a fumble on the 30-yard line and on the first play of the second quarter, junior running back Dominic House carried the ball then passes it to Bearden for a first down on the 11-yard line. Fuller carried the ball into the end zone from 7 yards out for a score and Harrisonville led 14-0.

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