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Grain Valley saw an excellent performance from the defense go down the tubes last week against Fort Osage in a 9-8 loss.

It’s been a unit that’s been consistent most of the year. Coming into Friday’s game against William Chrisman, the Eagles defense has held opponents to just 20.5 points per game. Against teams not named Park Hill South or Smithville, they held opponents to 10.75 points per contest.

Grain Valley continued to show it has one of the better defenses in the metro area, holding the Bears to just 163 total yards and creating four turnovers in a 45-7 rout at Independence All-School Stadium.

“That backfield (for Chrisman) is explosive,” Grain Valley coach David Allie said. “And they have a great quarterback. We came into the game thinking we had our work cut out for us. The defense did a good job of containing the run. I think they had one big one.

“We talked about that. If we could keep them from not having runs over 20 yards, we could be successful. We did a good job of not letting that happen. The defense has been playing well all season.”

In fact, 62 of those yards the Eagles surrendered came when their reserves were playing late after the Suburban Middle Six game had already been decided. Three of the four turnovers turned into 17 points on offense. Juniors Keagan Hart and Cole Elliott along with sophomore Gabe Storment all had interceptions and sophomore linebacker Brody Baker recovered a fumble.

The interceptions were aided by pressure the Eagles got with their front seven.

“We’ve really stepped it up this year,” Hart said of the defense. “We have lost a lot of starters (from last year’s team) but it doesn’t really matter. Day in and day out, we are going to go out there and work.

“We got pressure up front on their quarterback and allowed the linebackers and myself to get where we needed to be.”

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