West Platte rolls North Platte

By Phil Ervin The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 22, 2012 - 12:16 AM

With his team already nursing a comfortable halftime lead, West Platte coach Chuck Siler went ahead and provided his team a message usually saved for a game’s latter stages.


Dylan Guthrie immediately heeded the call.

The Blue Jays’ do-everything back found the end zone twice within the first half’s opening 2 minutes, effectively clinching West Platte’s 42-8 shallacking of country rival North Platte. The senior’s blast out of the halftime gate helped the Blue Jays to their first KCI Conference win and sixth straight victory over the Panthers, keeping the series’ commemorative tobacco stick traveling trophy in Weston.

West Platte (3-2, 1-2 KCI) snapped a two-game losing skid, while North Platte (2-3, 1-2) lost its second straight. The victory also gives the Blue Jays a leg up on the Panthers in the Class 1 District 7 standings more than halfway through the season.

“It felt really good; it was a lot of fun,” said Guthrie, who added another touchdown run in the second quarter. “We came out of halftime thinking ‘Don’t slow it down; just keep it going.’”

Fans at Rudolph Eskeridge Stadium barely had time to sit back down following halftime homecoming ceremonies before Guthrie sped 85 yards on the third quarter’s opening kickoff for a touchdown.

West Platte interior defensive lineman Riley Miller wrestled the ball away from wing back Brandon Craft on North Platte’s second snap of the half, fellow tackle Michael Barnett recovered and Guthrie cranked out back-to-back runs of 21 and 18 yards. For the rest of the story click here.

“We just told them that they had to finish,” the fourth-year head coach said.