Lathop falls in state title game

PrepsKC staff

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: January 17, 2019 - 10:27 AM

It was over before it really started for Lathrop. The Mules rolled into the Missouri Class 2 championship game looking for their first-ever state title but Blair Oaks ended the dream with a 54-0 whitewashing Friday afternoon.

The Falcons took the opening kickoff and quickly scored to make it 7-0 just one minute, 38 seconds into the game. Lathrop looked like it was going to answer as it drove inside the Blair Oaks 30 but the drive stalled and the Mules gave the ball back to Blair Oaks.

That would be the best scoring opportunity of the game for the Mules as the Falcons rolled of 33 more points in the first half and the game was over. Blair Oaks finished the season at 15-0 with their third state title while Lathrop ends at 14-1 advancing to the championship game for the first time in school history.

The advantage that had led Lathrop all season long its speed was its disadvantage against Blair Oaks. A Mules team that averaged 300.2 rushing yards a game was held to just 14 in the first half and 88 total for the game.

Mules coach Chris Holt said Blair Oaks speed on defense showed as plays that Lathrop usually broke for long gains were held to just a yard or stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage.

“We just didn’t help our defense as well,” Holt said. “We had 66 yards of offense and we average 50 points a game. To go from 50 points a game to nothing is pretty hard to solid. They just had more guys at the point of attack.

“You have to give them credit their players are good players.”

While the Blair Oaks defense was shutting down the Mules offense the Falcons high-powered attack moved the ball at will led by quarterback Nolan Hair. The senior finished the game 14 of 19 for 328 yards passing and two touchdown throws. Hair also did the job with his feet rushing for 78 yards and three TDs on the ground.

“We knew he was a good player,” Holt said of Hair. “He’s definitely the best quarterback in our classification. There’s no doubt about that.”