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Grain Valley ended the regular season with an easy win over Raytown South. It began the postseason the same way.

Sort of.

Grain Valley handled Ray-South for the second week in a row Friday night, scoring three quick first-quarter touchdowns en route to a 46-12 in a Class 4 District 7 first-round game at Grain Valley. But the Eagles came out of this one more battered and bruised than last week’s 37-0 romp at Ray-South.

Grain Valley (7-3) had to overcome the loss of quarter Cole Keller, who left with a knee injury in the second quarter. And senior defensive back Cavon Brooks couldn’t return after he had the wind knocked out of him shortly after Keller was hurt.

“There was a little anxiety on the sideline,” Grain Valley coach David Allie said. “But were able to pick it up.”

It did of course help that Grain Valley already led 19-6 when Keller went down under a pile of Cardinals while being sacked in the second quarter. And it didn’t take long for the Eagles to regain their footing. With junior Parker Bosserman taking over, Grain Valley needed just four plays before running back Jamore Goulden blasted 25 yards up the middle for the second of his three touchdowns.

“That’s our quarterback and we love him, but we had to handle business,” said Goulden, who rushed for 145 yards on 14 carries. “And I feel like we just all had to play better.”

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