Liberty keeps Ray-Pec winless

By Brad Seiner Special to the Cass County Democrat-Missourian
Posted: September 9, 2011 - 11:16 PM

As Raymore-Peculiar head coach Tom Kruse said, this is “uncharted territory” for his Panthers.

With their sights set on getting into the win column in the season’s third week, the Ray-Pec Panthers could not hold a slim fourth-quarter lead, falling to the Liberty Blue Jays 34-20 Friday night at Panther Stadium in Peculiar.

The Blue Jays (2-1) seemed to have an answer every time the Panthers struck, keeping Ray-Pec winless on the season.

All started well for Ray-Pec (0-3), scoring on a Spencer Volgelsmeir touchdown pass. The Panthers settled for a 6-0 early lead after a missed extra point. But back came the Blue Jays.

After a long kickoff return set Liberty up in great field position, the Blue Jays scored on their first play from scrimmage, taking a 7-6 lead and recovering the momentum.

That wasn’t enough to keep the Panthers down, however, as they regained the lead on a four-yard touchdown run by Aaron Russell. Volgelsmeir then converted the two-point conversion, giving Ray-Pec a 14-7 lead. But once again, the Blue Jays didn’t allow the Panthers to get to excited, scoring on a long touchdown pass, but with a missed extra point, the Panthers held onto a slim, 14-13 lead early in the second quarter.

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