Staley hammers Kearney to move to 7-0

By Kaleb Huffman PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: October 7, 2017 - 12:49 AM

Highly-ranked teams from different classes squared off in a measuring-stick game a contest that was won by Staley 42-0 over Kearney on Friday evening at the North Kansas City Schools District Activities Complex.

The Staley Falcons (8-0, 4-0 Suburban White) dominated the line of scrimmage from the on set causing them to keep Kearney from crossing midfield on offense. The Kearney Bulldogs (6-2, 4-0 Suburban Blue) never got going on either side of the ball against the No.2 team in the Missouri Media Rankings Class 5 Poll.

Kearney entered the game ranked No. 3 in the class 4 poll.

The Falcons' opened the game with a 10-play 80-yard drive, that was capped off by a two-yard plunge by junior running back Jaden Moss with 8:01 left in the first-quarter. Falcons' senior placekicker Jacob Stewart tacked on the extra-point for the early 7-0 lead.

"Our kids and coaches did a great-job preparing all-week long," Falcons' coach Phil Lite said. "We have some pretty good weapons out there, you can't just double one. We played a quality-opponent and we were just able to get things rolling."

After forcing a quick three-and-out from the Bulldogs, Falcons' senior quarterback John Raybourn and the Falcons offense went to work. This time the Falcons' scored through the air when Raybourn hit senior tight end Zach Elam for a 15-yard scoring-strike for his first of 4 total TD's on the night extending the Falcons lead to 14-0 after Stewart converted the extra-point.

The Falcons opened the second-quarter with a quick score when Raybourn crossed the plain from 5 yards out for a 21-0 lead.

The Falcons added a pair of rushing scores (Raybourn and JD Benbow) and another passing TD from Raybourn to senior receiver Rod Criss II who finished with 6 receptions for 98 yards before half giving them a 42-0 advantage over the Bulldogs at the break.

Raybourn threw the ball 18-22 for 223 yards and 2 TD's and added 32 yards on the ground on three totes with two scores.

"We have shown we can run and pass all-year. We controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and just gashed them," Raybourn said. "We knew, we had a good-team this year and we just wanted to prove that against Kearney. There was a lot of talk going on, saying that we're overrated and we just wanted to shut everybody up."

The Bulldogs and Falcons were both kept off the scoreboard in the second half as the Falcons' emerged victorious 42-0.

"I was proud of our guys for never giving up tonight, even when we got behind on the scoreboard," Bulldogs' coach Josh Gray said. "I am going to look at the tape and see what I can use from this game. Our season's not over. We have some big games left on our schedule."

Kearney returns back to Suburban Blue Conference action at 7 p.m. next Friday against Platte County for their regular-season home finale.

Staley closes out Suburban White Conference action at 7 p.m. next Friday at Ruskin.