Missouri Roundup Week 8

By Bill Knust PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: October 7, 2017 - 12:05 AM

A quartet of blowouts highlight the Kansas City side of the Metro roundup this week. Headlined by what looked to be a marquee matchup in Class 6, instead it was all Class 6 No. 1-ranked Christian Brothers College against Rockhurst, 28-3. In other local action, Class 4 No. 4-ranked Platte County continued its march to a showdown with No. 3-ranked Kearney with an easy 42-14 victory against Winnetonka. Class 6 No. 4-ranked Lee's Summit West had no issue with Columbia Hickman, pounding the Kewpies, 56-20. And finally, Class 6 No. 6-ranked Park Hill behind the duo of quarterback Billy Maples and receiver Ronald Bell knocked off Liberty North easily, 45-23.

CBC 28, Rockhurst 3
The story of the game was the defense of the Cadets limiting Rockhurst's offense to just 3 points and returning a fumble for a touchdown for the first half's lone score. CBC's defense held Rockhurst's offense scoreless for three of the four quarters and allowed 292 total yards. Meanwhile, CBC's offense had too many weapons for the Hawklets to handle in the second hald.

Cadet's running back Bryan Bradford rushed for 144 yards on 12 carries and finished with 2 touchdowns. Wide receiver Cameron Brown hauled in 7 catches for 118 yards and 1 score. Rockhurst running back Brady McCanles carried the load, rushing 21 times for 148 yards.

Platte County 42, Winnetonka 14
The Pirates continued their winning ways, and set up a showdown for the Suburban Small Six conference title next week with Kearney. Platte County wasted little time putting the game out of reach, rolling to a 35-0 halftime lead against Winnetonka. Normally explosive through the air, this week it was the Pirates' balanced run game that did the damage. Running backs Adam Freitek and Gavin Hardman each tallied over 70 yards on the ground. Freitek also found paydirt twice, and Hardman also scored in the win.

Quarterback Tanner Clarkson finished 13-for-20 with 168 yards, 1 touchdown pass and 1 interception. Platte County receiver Devin Richardson pulled in six of those passes for 106 yards and a score. Winnetonka running back Demarcus Johnson carried it 14 times for 87 yards and a score to lead the Griffins. Running back Michael Small also had a score in the loss.

Lee's Summit West 56, Columbia Hickman 20
The Titans wasted no time putting the contest away on Friday night. They tallied 49 points in the first half, building a 49-7 lead at halftime, en route to a comfortable victory. Sammy Cooper ran for a score and tossed a touchdown pass to Phillip Brooks, in the first quarter. Brooks also added touchdown runs of 15, 45 and 28 yards to finish with 128 yards on 11 carries and three scores. He also added 2 catches for 69 yards and a score.

Quarterback Ben Kobel was an efficient 6-for-8 through the air. He finished with two touchdown passes and 107 yards passing. The Titans defense got interceptions from Chris Chatman, Andrew Kayhill and Jackson Boenker, and a 42-yard punt return for a touchdown from Mario Goodrich.

Park Hill 45, Liberty North 23
Trojans quarterback Billy Maples has put up some gaudy numbers this season leading his team's offense. A victory against Liberty North proved no exception. Maples was masterful, finishing 23-for-26 for 399 yards and 4 touchdown passes. Park Hill receiver Ronnie Bell was the biggest beneficiary of Maples' hot hand, pulling in 13 catches for 251 yards and 3 scores.

The Eagles kept the score close for a quarter and a half before the Trojans exploded. After Liberty North got a first quarter score from running back Keshawn Turner to take a 7-3 lead, Park Hill's offense came alive, outscoring the Eagles 28-6 to end the half. In the offensive onslaught was a Dorian Clayton 10-yard score and two touchdown passes from Maples to Bell and Davis Suppes. Clayton, who finished with 10 carries for 88 yards, added another rushing touchdown in the third quarter, and Maples again found Bell in the end zone to extend the lead.

One very bright spot for Liberty North was the performance from field goal kicker Brady Pohl. He hit on three separate attempts from 32, 52 and 45 yards. Turner also rushed 27 times for 104 yards and a score, and Tyler Eckersley added an 82-yard run for a score late in the fourth quarter for the Eagles.