Staley takes care of Park Hill South

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 15, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Defense has been the calling card for the undefeated Staley Falcons this season and Friday night at Park Hill South it was more of the same.

The Class 5, No. 1 Falcons grabbed the momentum early in the second quarter and raced to a 43-6 victory over the Panthers (1-3).

It was back-and-forth for the first 12 minutes with Staley gaining the slimmest of edges on a 29-yard field goal by Jacob Stewart.

The Falcons began to distance themselves in the second, sparked by their defense.

With 8:10 to play in the half, Staley swarmed South quarterback Gaige Warren and sacked him for a safety pushing the lead to 5-0.

On the ensuing possession the Falcons made it a 12-point advantage as Jake Ballew dove in from one yard out.

Staley kept its foot on the gas as Jake Renton's three-yard TD run made it a 19-0 lead with just over two minutes to go in the half.

The Falcons ended the first half in style as senior safety Landon Donaldson picked off a pass and took it to the house to give the visitors a 26-0 lead at the break.

"Our defense did a great job preparing all week," Staley head coach Phil Lite said. "Offensively we sputtered here and there, but our defense created momentum for us. I feel like we're coming into our own. We still have some things to clean up, but we're getting better each and every week."

The momentum carried into the second half with Staley scoring on their first possession.

Renton scored his second rushing touchdown of the night to make it a 33-0 lead with 9:24 to play in the third. Just over three minutes later, Nick Childrey ran it in from 21 yards out to put the Falcons ahead by 40.

Stewart's second field goal of the night put Staley ahead 43-0 at the 1:23 mark of the third.

The Panthers were able to get on the board with a late rushing touchdown from Ta'Von Tusa, who finished the night with 49 yards on 18 carries.

For Staley, Ballew threw for 122 yards, while Nick Cramer had 4 receptions for 110 yards. Childrey ran for 70 yards on nine attempts.

The Falcons (4-0) travel to Lee’s Summit West next week. Park Hill South is also on the road at Lee’s Summit.