Missouri Roundup Week 7

By Zachary Spain PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 6, 2018 - 2:55 AM

As the final weeks of the regular season approach, statement wins by contenders Park Hill, Kearney, Lee’s Summit West and Lawson highlight this Week 7 round up of the Missouri side of the Metro.

Park Hill 35, Blue Springs South 0
Javion Gathrite rushed for 11 yards and two touchdowns -- including a 70-yarder -- as the host Trojans won their fifth game in a row after a 0-2 start and seem poised to reenter the Class 6 state rankings.

Ryan Graves connected with Jaylin Noel for a 66 yard touchdown not long after Gathrite’s 1-yard TD run to give Park Hill (5-2, 3-1 KC Suburban Conference Gold) a 12-0 lead. But the score remained there until the Trojans finally opened it up in the third quarter on Gathrite’s long second touchdown, an Eric Carey 2-yard touchdown run, and Mikey Miles’ interception return put the game well out of reach.

Blue Springs South (1-6, 0-4 Gold) was limited to 127 yards of offense and committed three turnovers in the loss.

Kearney 31, Grain Valley 7
Kearney, ranked third in Class 4, continued its surge through Kansas City Suburban Conference Blue play, where it’s outscored its four opponents 114-32.

At home Friday against Grain Valley (3-4, 2-3 Blue), Patrick Connery again crossed the 200 total yard threshold as he ran for 185 yards -- and two touchdowns -- to go with a 29-yard catch.

Quarterback Dakota Ah-Mu connected with Jacob Stevens for 52 yards and a touchdown in the game’s first drive, their seventh pass-and-catch score of the season. Stevens caught nine of Ah-Mu’s 11 completions and accounted for 111 yards receiving for Kearney (6-1, 4-0 Blue).

Lee’s Summit West 52, Liberty 47
A back-and-forth game that started with four lead changes and three ties quickly become a Lee’s Summit West rout -- all before the first half was over -- as the Titans scored three touchdowns within the final 40 seconds of the second quarter.

And that was before Liberty scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to pull within a possession.

In the end, the Class 6 No. 5 Titans survived a high-scoring home scare that saw a combined 1,127 yards of offense and 99 points.

LSW senior quarterback Ben Kobel threw for 412 yards and six touchdowns -- four to Trevor Kardell (eight catches, 138 yards) and two to Cade Clemons (nine catches, 158 yards), while Max Payne rushed for a touchdown and 146 yards as the Titans (6-1) matched Liberty (4-3) score for score until it was 21-21 late into the first half.

Mykal Wiley’s 39-yard field goal gave LSW its first lead at 24-21 with 2:20 left in the second quarter. But what followed was madness: a Liberty turnover on downs with 39 seconds left became a LSW touchdown 21 seconds later; the Blue Jays fumbled the kickoff and another touchdown pass for Kobel came a play later; then the Titans recovered an onside kick with four seconds left and Kardell caught his fourth TD of the half as the gun. Lee’s Summit West led 45-21 at halftime.

Not to be outdone, Blue Jays QB Jack Roush passed for 370 yards and four touchdowns to four receivers while running back Jack Lowery rushed for 111 yards and led the team with 121 yards receiving and three total touchdowns as Liberty mounted their second-half comeback.

Belton 42, Oak Park 16
Antione Nunn Jr.’s 85-yard kickoff return touchdown set the tone for the Pirates in their KC Suburban Conference White win against visiting Oak Park.

Nunn’s return followed Jason Lara’s field goal that put the Northmen (2-5, 2-3 White) ahead 3-0 in the opening minutes. From there, Belton (2-5, 2-2 White) never trailed.

Nunn, a cornerback, did his part on defense, too. He twice picked off Oak Park quarterback Blake Bland.

Lawson 72, East Buchanan 22
This matchup of small class powers ended up being decided in large part by mistakes as host Lawson, ranked fifth in Class 2, returned four of the Bulldogs five interceptions thrown for touchdown in a game that began much closer than the final indicated.

Owen Fortney scored twice in the first quarter -- first on a 69-yard pass from Tyler Schottel, then on a 72-yard run -- as Class 1 No. 1 East Buchanan led 16-7 into the second quarter.

But back-to-back Schottel interceptions were returned for touchdowns and the Cardinals (6-1, 4-1 KCI) went ahead 27-16 before Schottel’s 18-yard touchdown run cut the lead to 27-22 and momentarily stopped the bleeding for the Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 KCI), who wouldn’t score again.

Andrew Stephens passed for a touchdown and returned two interceptions for scores, plus added eight points as placekicker. Joey Russell and Clayton Siebert each also scored touchdowns on offense and defense for Lawson.