Van Horn holds off Raytown South

By Michael Smith The Examiner
Posted: October 26, 2018 - 11:26 PM

Van Horn head football coach William Harris and his Falcons made school history Friday night, and it was nearly squandered late in the Class 4 District 7 first-round game against Raytown South.

Van Horn held a 20-point lead with 7:58 remaining. South made a furious comeback and made it close at the end, but the Falcons were able to hold on for their first playoff win in school history following a 41-36 victory at Truman High School.

The Falcons will play at 7 p.m. next Friday against Harrisonville, which defeated Lincoln College Prep 34-28.

“This was a great program win for us,” Harris said. “We’ve talked about changing the culture and building something, a great win for us.”

The win was a special moment for Van Horn quarterback Shaun Ross, who got hugs pats on the back and handshakes from several Cardinals players.

He attended South during his freshman and sophomore years. This was a game Ross especially looked forward to, playing against his old teammates.

“They were never going to forget me,” Ross said of his former Cardinals teammates. “This meant everything to me. That’s what I wanted since I left Raytown South, a chance to play them.”

The Falcons found most of their success on the the ground, pounding the ball up the middle all game long. Ross, a senior, had 155 yards on six carries, including an 83-yard touchdown on an option play in the first half.

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