Ray-Pec edges St. Joe Central

By Cody Thorn The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 4, 2013 - 10:27 PM

Jacob Kaiser stood with his helmet still on, glaring at the north-end scoreboard at Panther Stadium. The final score in orange letters read an outcome the Central quarterback hadn’t quite digested.

Raymore-Peculiar intercepted Kaiser’s last pass and returned it 91 yards to Central’s 9 on the penultimate play Friday night to secure a 17-12 victory and doom Central to its third loss in the past four games. The turnover ended the Indians’ fourth consecutive trip into the red zone that concluded without points, but the final try came closest — 3 yards shy of a possible winning touchdown before Panthers defensive back Tyler Hobbs stepped in front of a receiver at the goal line to snare the clinching interception.


Raymore-Peculiar took a knee on the final play to run out the clock’s remainder.

“You couldn’t ask for more as a football staff,” Central coach Jeff Wallace said of the last-minute drive that started with no timeouts. “You always ask your players to leave it all on the field, and they did that tonight. It feels like something is stuck in your throat. We have a great group of kids. We aren’t done; we will take what we did and get moving.”

Taking over at Ray-Pec’s 48-yard line with 2 minutes, 3

seconds left, Kasier methodically picked apart the Panthers’ secondary, throwing three straight passes to Tyler Reed for gains of 13, 18, and 7 to move the ball to the Panthers’ 15-yard line.

Three plays later on a second goal-to-go situation, Kaiser rolled right and threw toward tight end Tyree Mayfield. At the last moment, Hobbs corralled the pass and sprinted up the sideline, only denied a touchdown after Central running back Derek Gray chased him down from behind at the 9 with 2 seconds left.

A flag on the field gave Central a pause for hope, but Ray-Pec declined an illegal-man-downfield infraction against the Indians.

“Going 60 yards in a minute and a half with no timeouts, you have to put your trust in your receivers and your linemen,” Kaiser said. “This one leaves a bad taste in your mouth; you are on the 3-yard line, 19 seconds left; you are going in. We were hungry; we wanted that win. I believe if that interception doesn’t happen, we go ahead and win that game.”

Central (2-4) scored on its first two possessions to take a 12-0 lead but never added to that total despite ample chances.

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