Pleasant Hill 24, Raytown South 13
Raytown South fought back in the fourth quarter, but Pleasant Hill hung on to clinch a 24-13 victory in the district semifinal game Nov. 6 at Pleasant Hill.
“It was a little sloppy at times, but we stepped up and we got it done,” Pleasant Hill junior running back Kolin Rogers said.
The game was scoreless in the first quarter, but the Roosters got on the board first in the second quarter after an interception by senior defensive back Tyler Sanford on the 2-yard line.
Pleasant Hill moved the ball down the field with senior running back Brandon Cassity carrying the ball the final seven yards for a touchdown with 7:23 left in the first half.
The Roosters got another interception as junior linebacker Kameron Gray sacked Raytown South senior quarterback Deallon Walton, who threw the ball up in the air. Rogers caught the pass on the 42-yard line.
Pleasant Hill took advantage of the possession as senior quarterback Josh Shewmaker hit Sanford for a 40-yard pass with just 26 seconds left, putting the Roosters ahead 14-0 at halftime.
“Both sides played really hard and special teams did a really good job containing them,” Rogers said. “It was a really good all-around effort.
In the third quarter, Pleasant Hill scored again, this time on a 16-yard carry by Cassity to take a 21-0 lead at the 6:33 minute mark.
The Cardinals finally responded in the fourth quarter with 10:36 minutes left in the game on a 4-yard touchdown carry by junior running back Stephon Rucker-Carroll. With the extra point, Raytown South closed the gap to 21-7.
The Roosters were forced to punt and Raytown South took advantage, as Walton connected with sophomore receiver Jabril Cox for a 34-yard touchdown. But the point after failed, making the score 21-13.
Pleasant Hill had the final say with just 31 seconds left in the game as junior kicker Tanner Pettet hit a 28-yard field goal.
The Roosters, 11-0, travel to Bolivar for the district finals at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11.
“It feels great, really good,” Rogers said. “We are going to work hard every day. Hopefully we will get it done next week.”
Midway 41, Drexel 0
As head coach Larry Burchett picked up his 200th career win, Midway picked up another victory in a 41-0 triumph over Drexel.
The Vikings remain undefeated and move on to the district finals after the semifinal win Nov. at Midway.
Midway scored a 5-yard touchdown run by Peyton Semsch in the first quarter, but caught fire in the second quarter with three touchdowns. The Vikings scored first on a 10-yard run by Semsch, followed by a 6-yard run by Semsch and a 46-yard pass from Semsch to Jake Lambertz.
In the third quarter, Semsch connected with Luke Boyer for a 10-yard touchdown pass and Tyler Wright hit Zeb Love for a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Sesmch completed five of six passes for 76 yards. Bobby Zielinski had two catches for 11 yards.
Semsch also had 16 carries for 87 yards, Boyer had nine carries for 76 yards and Clay Dahman had 47 yards on six carries.
Joey Beller had 14 total tackles and Tanner Yahnig had 10 tackles. Kessler Woods had nine tackles and Boyer had two tackles and one interception.
Drexel’s Javyn Johnston completed one of 12 passes for 29 yards to Jacob Antley. Tyler Allen had 18 carries for 27 yards, Antley had three carries for 24 yards and Johnston had six carries for 15 yards.
Midway, 11-0, host Osceola in the district finals at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11. The Bobcats end the season with an 8-3 record.
Lee’s Summit West 56, Belton 0
It took only one quarter for Lee’s Summit West to jump to an advantage in the district semifinal game Nov. 6 against Belton.
The Titans took that 34-0 lead to a 56-0 victory at their home stadium.
Lee’s Summit West scored five touchdowns in the first quarter alone, starting with a 31-yard run by DeMarcus Edwards. The next score came on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Thomas Ganaden to Monte Harrison, followed by a 68-yard punt return by Harrison.
Ganaden connected with Harrison again next for a 29-yard touchdown pass and Edwards ran in an 18-yard touchdown to end the quarter.
In the second quarter, Andrew Palmer scored on a 7-yard run, Thomas Palmer scored on a 10-yard run and Andrew Palmer ran in a 1-yard touchdown to give the Titans a 56-0 lead at halftime.
Belton’s Tucker Perkins completed six of 13 passes for 38 yards with one interception. Daren Johnson had four catches for 28 yards and Jaslon Willis had three catches for eight yards.
Justus Shaw had seven carries for 30 yards and Zack Willis had 20 carries for 26 yards. Johnson had five carries for 23 yards.
Larry Hall and Louis McKamey both had six total tackles to lead the Pirate defense. Romeo Clarke had four tackles and Grant Whitney and Taylor Trapp had three tackles each.
Belton ends the season with a 3-8 record.
Holden 41, Sherwood 7
Holden jumped out t a 34-0 lead at halftime en route to a 41-7 victory over Sherwood in the district semifinal game Nov. 6 at Holden.
The Marksmen scored their lone touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Zach Matson completed six of 21 passes for 104 yards with one interception and one touchdown. Brett Nigh had two receptions for 31 yards. Joey Grissom caught the 28-yard touchdown pass.
Derek Scott had 26 yards on four carries and Grissom had 17 yards on four carries.
Travis Smith led the defense with eight total tackles. Brett Nigh and Hunter Davis both had six tackles and one pass break-up. Grissom had six tackles and one interception. Austin Jackson had four tackles and Matson had four tackles and one interception.
Sherwood ends the season with a 1-9 record.