Ray South shuts down Park Hill South
By Matt Pepper The Platte County Citizen
Both Park Hill South and Raytown South came into Friday’s game looking to redeem themselves after tough week five losses. Playoff teams a year ago, each team hoped a win Friday night would give them the momentum they needed going into districts to mount another venture into the Missouri Class 5 playoffs. In the end, it was a balanced and consistent Raytown South squad pulling out the victory 24-8.
Raytown South jumped out of the gate in the first quarter when they forced Park Hill South running back Eddie Sola to fumble on the first play from scrimmage. The Cardinal offense wasn’t able to convert the turnover into any direct points, but their fourth down punt forced Park Hill South to start the next drive on their own one yard line. It was then when Sola met a handful of Cardinals at the line of scrimmage forcing him down in the end zone for a Raytown South safety and the game’s first points.
Receiving the kick on the ensuing kickoff and returning it to the Panthers 25-yard line, it didn’t take long for quarterback Deallon Walton and the offense to add to their lead. Jameel Cox’s one-yard touchdown run and Justin Turner’s reception for the two-point conversion put Raytown South up 10-0.
Raytown South put another touchdown on the board just before halftime when Kalan Tucker pulled in a 10-yard touchdown reception on 4th and 9. After the point after attempt failed, the Cardinals went into the locker room with a 16-0 lead.
Park Hill South mounted it’s most impressive defensive stand to start the second half which led to the Panthers best possession of the game. Taking nearly five minutes off the clock and moving the ball nearly ten yards at a time, the Panthers capped the drive off with a screen pass resulting in a 16-yard touchdown reception for Alex Howe. Craig Scott converted the two-point conversion with his reception pulling Park Hill South to within eight points, 16-8.
The Cardinals hit right back, stomping the Panthers comeback hopes. As time wound down in the third quarter, they were able to drive the field before Justin Turner took a handoff 19 yards for a touchdown. Turner converted the two-point conversion to put Raytown South up for good 24-8.
Park Hill South’s offense seemed to be unable to gain the rhythm they’d like. With starting running back Myles Hammonds sidelines, the Panthers lacked the dependable running game they had leaned on in the first half of the season and were forced to turn to their pass game. In a game that had few plays over 20 yards, both defenses displayed a bend, but don’t break style of play. Raytown South’s mix of formations and misdirection plays provided the Cardinals with the ball movement they needed on offense that the Panthers were unable to generate.
Raytown South improves to 3-3 on the season with Belton next on their schedule while Park Hill South falls to 3-3 and is on the road against Staley next week.
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