Grain Valley 45, Platte County 21
Since Grain Valley joined the Suburban Conference, each matchup with Platte County has been close, competitive and often times down to the wire.
That wasn’t the case on Friday night.
A showdown between two of Missouri’s top Class 5 teams was dominated by Ty Williams, and the Eagles, No. 4 in 810 Varsity’s state rankings.
The senior scored six touchdowns, five on the ground, to help Grain Valley secure a 45-21 win victory in Platte City. He accounted for 335 yards on the ground -- averaging 12 yards per carry.
Dating back to online records on MSHSAA to 2010, this was the first time the Eagles had beaten the Pirates on the road.
Williams had a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter from 70 yards and 30 yards, but quarterback Rocco Marriott ran for a touchdown on a keeper for the Pirates to keep it at 14-7. After a GV field goal, Marriott’s second score made it 17-14 midway through the second quarter, which ended up being the halftime tally.
Williams had a 61-yard touchdown pass from Sal Caldarella to open the scoring in the second half and after an interception by the Grain Valley defense, Williams ran for a 13-yard touchdown.
A safety allowed the Pirates (3-1) to pull with two possessions with 7:38 left to play. But
a Grain Valley interception and Williams’ fifth score, from one yard away, made it 38-16. His final score was a 65-yard run with less than two minutes to play.
Adam Gisler notched 125 rushing yards to lead Platte County, while Marriott finished with 174 passing yards.
Grain Valley's Aaron Barr and Jace Worthington registered 11 tackles and each had a turnover. Barr intercepted a pass, while Worthington picked up a fumble.
Grain Valley (3-1) will take on Blue Springs South next Friday, while Platte County – previously No. 5 in Class 5 - hosts undefeated Oak Park, No. 6 in the 810 Varsity metro Top 25.