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By 810 Varsity, 11/04/23, 1:00AM CDT


Park Hill, Oak Park rally; PC, Rockhurst, Liberty win showdowns

Rockhurst 31, Lee’s Summit West 8

Two of the top teams in the Metro will face off for a district title next week, thanks to a Rockhurst romp.

Rockhurst cruised past Lee’s Summit West, 31-8, to reach the finals in Class 6 District 6 on Friday. The win advances Kelly Donohue’s squad to the district final against No. 1-ranked Lee’s Summit North (10-0) next week.

The No. 3-ranked Hawklets got two touchdown runs from Aidan Ryan, while quarterback Ethan Hansen threw a pair of scores as well.

Rockhurst (9-1) scored the first 24 points of the game – including a 29-yard field goal by Logan Kuechler.

The only points for the Titans (7-3) came on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Caden Carter in the fourth quarter. Jackson Torry caught the two-point conversion.

Ben Stringer had a pair of interceptions for the Hawklets - the first was followed by a touchdown pass by Hansen to Maeson Tunley to make it 14-0 in the first quarter.

Hansen completed 14-of-20 passes for 219 yards, completing passes to eight different targets. Ryan ran for 152 yards on 24 carries as the Hawklets tallied 416 yards of total offense.

Lee's Summit West’s seven wins were its most in the past five years. 

Park Hill 35, St. Joe Central 28


Oak Park 28, Staley 21

Park Hill will battle Oak Park in the Class 6 District 8 finals next week - and both had to rally late to pick up wins on Friday night.

The Trojans built an early lead against St. Joseph Central but needed a late touchdown pass from Gavin Schaag to Gage Dorrell to secure a 35-28 win in St. Joseph at Noyes Field.

Schaag had an earlier touchdown pass to Bryce Lisaka and added a touchdown run as well for the Trojans (5-5).

Oak Park (10-0) rallied from a 21-10 deficit to secure a 28-21 win over Staley – snapping a 14-game losing streak to the Falcons.

Quarterback Aiden Hinkle connected with Drew Clemens on a pair of touchdown passes for Oak Park. A safety by the Oak Park defense pulled the Northmen within a point late and Evan Braxton’s touchdown run with 2:49 left in the fourth was the game-winner.

The last time these two Northland teams clashed was back in the first round of districts in 2015 – a 41-7 win by the Trojans.

Liberty 42, Blue Springs South 28

Liberty advanced to the district final after a 42-28 win over Blue Springs South on Friday.

The two teams were playing for the second straight game against each other, due to a unique scheduling twist. On Oct. 20, the Blue Jays won 13-10 in overtime. After a bye last week, the two teams met again at the same location – HyVee Field at Liberty High School.

The Jaguars (2-8) made things interesting late when Ayden Wilhelm threw a touchdown to Caysen Stevenson with 3:22 to play.

But on the third play on the ensuing drive for Liberty, Jaxon Hicks broke through for a 42-yard touchdown run with 2:15 left to play to provide the final cushion for Liberty (7-3).

Both teams scored twice in the fourth, trading touchdowns. Wilhelm threw a touchdown pass to Will Grice for 41 yards, while Liberty quarterback Christian Kuchta ran for a 15-yard touchdown.

Kuchta ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for 149 yards on 10-of-15 passing. Hicks ran for 205 yards and three touchdowns for the Blue Jays – averaging 10.2 yards per carry. He also threw a touchdown to Jackson Froehlich in the first quarter.

Kendrick Hawkins Jr. ran for 155 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars. Wilhelm ran for 56 yards and a touchdown and threw for 199 yards and the two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

The win pushed the Blue Jays into the Class 6 District 7 final against Liberty North, a 31-7 winner over LHS in a Week Two matchup.

Platte County 28, Fort Osage 21

Platte County is headed back to a district title game for the first time since reaching the state finals in 2020.

The Pirates escaped with a 28-21 win over Fort Osage on Friday night in a Class 5 District 7 showdown.

Platte County (9-2), winners of six in a row, built a 20-0 lead, then held off a late charge by the Indians (6-5) in the fourth.

The victory sets up a showdown between the Pirates and Grain Valley, ranked No. 6 in the 810 Varsity Top 25. Platte County lost to Grain Valley, 45-24, in Week 4 this season.

Junior Dawsen Mizell caught his second touchdown with 7:11 minutes left in the fourth from Rocco Marriott, giving the Pirates a 26-20 lead. The Pirates went for two and Adam Gisler ran the ball in.

The Pirates' defense then forced a turnover on downs at their own 7-yard line. However, a fumble gave the Indians another chance with less than three minutes to play.

Two plays after the turnover, Kyle Wilson hit Trace Smith for a 16-yard touchdown with 2:35 left to help Fort Osage pull within a touchdown.

Platte County recovered the onside kick but ultimately had to punt the ball back to Fort Osage with less than a minute left.

Fort Osage lost 12 yards on a run on 3rd-and-8 and then an incomplete pass gave the Pirates the ball back. Marriott took a knee to run out the clock.

Marriott was 11-for-16 passing for 219 yards and two touchdowns to Mizell and another to Tres Baskerville. Marriott also ran for a 61-yard score – which made it 20-0 in the first quarter.

Platte County’s defense held Indians’ standout back Ryver Peppers to 95 yards and out of the end zone.

Alex Snodgrass had a pair of scores for Fort Osage, a 17-yard catch and a 3-yard run – which helped make it 20-14 at the break. Wilson completed 18 of 22 passes for 139 yards for the Indians.

Both teams struggled converting on third downs – a combined 7 for 26 – and 1 for 11 on fourth-down attempts. The Pirates went for it on fourth down nine times and converted just once. The only conversion was the 23-yard touchdown pass from Marriott to Baskerville.

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