Lathrop rolls Plattsburg to stay unbeaten

By Scott Murphy News-Press Now
Posted: October 12, 2018 - 10:30 PM

A week of rain made playing conditions less than ideal for football Friday night.

With the middle of the field a muddy quagmire, staying upright was a chore and ball handling a challenge.

The Lathrop Mules were able to plow their way through the mud and the muck as they defeated the Plattsburg Tigers 39-0 for a Clinton County rivalry.

Muddy conditions weren’t the only obstacle the Mules (8-0, 6-0 KCI) had to overcome. Lathrop, the No. 3-ranked team coming into Friday, was without starting quarterback Blake Gordon.

Gordon was unable to play after suffering an injury in last week's game against Mid-Buchanan.

But Chris Holt’s Mules squad was able to rally behind back-up signal caller Zach Lucas keeping their unbeaten streak alive.

“We’re comfortable with Zach, he did a good job back there,” Holt said. “It’s the benefit of having a couple of kids that can play quarterback.”

The Mules relied heavily on senior running backs Hunter Sloan and Seth McKnight, who carried the load for the Mules each scoring a pair of running touchdowns.

Sloan scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards in the first half while McKnight had scoring runs of 22 and 46 yards in the second half.

The pair ran hard, seldom allowing the first defender to make the tackle, often dragging defenders 5, 6, 10 yards down the field.

“They’re seniors and strong kids,” said Holt of his rushing duo. “They’ve been in the weight room with us for four years now.”

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