Missouri Roundup Week 6

By Zachary Spain PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 29, 2018 - 1:38 AM

Exceptional rushing performances for state-ranked North Kansas City, Odessa and Kearney were among the highlights in this roundup of Week 6 games on the Missouri-side of the Metro.

Kearney 56, Belton 21
Running back Patrick Connery scored six more times, upping his total to 18 touchdowns in 2018, as the host Bulldogs — ranked third in Class 4 — won their fourth straight.

Connery ran for 156 yards on 27 carries and touchdown runs of 4, 6, 17 and 1 yards. He added a touchdown reception and a 48-yard punt return touchdown. In all, he accounted for 257 total yards for Kearney (5-1).

Belton (1-5) got on the scoreboard early, tying the game at 7-7 in the first quarter on Jamall Baker’s 3-yard run. But the Pirates’ competitiveness was short lived as Kearney scored 35 unanswered points in the first half.

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Liberty 26, Park Hill South 6
The Blue Jays used stifling defense and balanced offense to earn a road win over their KC Suburban Conference Red rival Panthers (1-5, 1-3) in a game played at Park Hill.

Running back Nick Lowery had touchdown runs of 4 and 16 yards in running for 94 of Liberty’s 126 rushing yards. The Blue Jays (4-2, 2-2) and quarterback Alex Roush passed for 191 yards on 16 completions, including 2 36-yard TD pass.

Park Hill South managed just 164 yards in total offense — including a per-rush average of less than 1.1 yards.

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Odessa 34, Excelsior Springs 16
The undefeated Bulldogs faced their toughest test of the season from the larger class Excelsior Springs — itself previously undefeated. Still, it came pretty easy for visiting Odessa, ranked No. 1 in Class 3.

Josey Meierarend passed for a touchdown and ran for another in the first quarter as Odessa (6-0, 2-0 Missouri River Valley Conference West) never trailed and led 21-3 at halftime.

Running back Dakota DeGraffenried crossed the 200-yard threshold for the second week in a row, running for 223 and two touchdowns.

While Excelsior Springs’ point total was more than Odessa had allowed combined in 2018, the Tigers (5-1, 1-1 MRVCW) committed three turnovers and were limited to 266 yards of offense, all of them rushing yards. Jackson Creason ran for 165 yards of those yards.

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North Kansas City 40, Truman 0
Clyde Price came up just a bit short of his season-best rushing total. Still, it goes without saying that 308 yards (and that 14.7-yard per-run average) is nonetheless impressive.

The senior running back, who has received offers from a host of Football Championship Subdivision programs, did have account for five touchdowns, including runs of 72 and 74 yards. He has run for more than 250 yards in each game — more than 1,800 yard and 24 touchdowns total through six games — as the Hornets have surged to No. 4 in Class 5 and remain undefeated at 6-0.

Visiting Truman (0-6) had no answer for Northtown’s ground attack and struggled to move the ball, accruing just 135 yards and six downs.

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