By Dean Backes
With his 92-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Chaffee's Andrew Hendrix did his part in exorcising 21 years of demons last weekend. The defensive play enabled the Devils to upend Scott City 21-19 and end 21 years of disappointment against the Rams.
Scott City scored on a 1-yard plunge by Cody Carlyle with four minutes left in the game to pull within 21-19, but a stuffed two-point conversion allowed Chaffee to escape with the win.
One Fine Quarter
Mount Vernon's Kellen Cox staked the Mountaineers to a convincing 54-8 win over Lamar last weekend. The quarterback rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns and tossed four scoring strikes in the first quarter alone. On defense he intercepted a pass and forced a fumble during the same time span. Mount Vernon scored 41 first quarter points enroute to the 46-point win.
At first glance, Kansas City Central's 41-0 blanking of Westport was misleading. Although the offense did do its part in the win, defense and special teams set the tone as well as some incredible individual performances.
Central blocked two punts in the first half. Then Kaleig Mohammed and William Harris combined for 22 tackles and recorded three sacks each. Frankie Jackson intercepted two passes and Dominique Johnson returned an interception for a score.
South Callaway Snaps 15-Game Skid
Justin Struttmann completed 16 of 25 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns in leading South Callaway to a narrow 47-45 win over Southern Boone. The two-point win halted a 15-game losing streak for the Bulldogs when Struttmann scored on a quarterback keeper as time expired.
Phil Boulger also played a huge role in the win after he scored on a 51-yard fumble recovery, a 1-yard plunge and a 64-yard reception.
Top Rushing Performances
Rayon Simmons ran the ball 20 times for 360 yards and four touchdowns for Christian Brothers in a 54-19 win over Vianney.Crystal City's Demetrius Terry rushed 26 times for 286 yards and a pair of scores in a 20-0 win over Valle Catholic.Stephen Wood carried the ball just nine times for Gallatin in a 48-15 win over Polo, but he made the most of them by rushing for 282 yards and four touchdowns.Fort Osage's Dalton Krysa ran the ball 40 times for 251 yards and five scores in a 51-28 win over Raytown.Ryan Sawyer rushed 14 times for 217 yards and three scores for Fredericktown in a 49-0 win over East Prairie.Parkway Central's Jordan Myles ran the pigskin 39 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-14 win over Parkway West.Marquis Hill carried seven times for 202 yards and four touchdowns for Trinity Catholic in a 48-0 win over Kennedy.Eureka's Brad Fitzgerald rushed 24 times for 201 yards and a touchdown in a 17-0 shutout of Parkway North.Desmond Wilson carried the ball 20 times for 255 yards and three scores for Jefferson City in a 41-7 win over Rock Bridge.Hillsboro's Jake Vanderbruegge rushed for 146 yards on 30 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 52-27 loss to Fox. Vanderbruegge's teammates Josh Sheppard (111) and Colin Thorton (108) added 219 yards collectively for the Hawks and two touchdowns on 21 carries.Johnny Hall rushed for 309 yards on 28 carries and scored three times for Lincoln Prep in a 48-7 win over Northeast.
Top Passing Performances
Jeremiah Oteh connected on 14 of 23 passes for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 54-0 blanking of Principia.Joplin's Cory Rector completed all nine of his passes for 250 yards and five scores in a 55-7 win over Kickapoo.T.J. Taibi was good on nine of 20 aerials for 230 yards and a touchdown in a 51-28 loss to Fort Osage.Duchesne's Taylor Jasin completed 15 of 29 passes for 226 yards in a 46-20 loss to Timberland.Bill Kannady connected on eight of 10 passes for 225 yards and three scores for Timberland in a 46-20 win over Duchesne.St. Francis Borgia's Josh Hoeft connected on 15 of 36 passes for 215 yards in a 24-7 loss to Washington.Sean Ransburg completed 12 of 17 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns for Harrisonville in a 45-7 win over Warrensburg.St. Joseph Central's Owen Lenander connected on 10 of 21 passes for 203 yards and a pair of scores in a 43-24 win over Raymore-Peculiar.Bobby Wagner completed 10 of 18 passes for 202 yards and a pair of scores for Fort Osage in a 51-28 win over Raytown.Union's Jordan Webb connected on 24 of 43 aerials for 334 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-20 win over Westminster. Webb also rushed for 156 yards on 22 carries and a score in the 28 point win.Jake Morse completed 23 of 37 passes for 224 yards for Rock Bridge in a 41-7 loss to Jefferson City.Blue Springs South's Blaine Dalton connected on 10 of 15 aerials for 211 yards and a pair of scores in a 46-10 win over North Kansas City.
Top Receiving Performances
Kyle Knox caught eight passes for 163 yards and three scores for Platte County in a 44-21 win over St. Joseph Benton.Union's Chris Sperry latched on to 11 aerials for 143 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-20 win over Westminster.Jed Neider snared eight passes for 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Union in a 48-20 win over Westminster.Harrisonville's Donnie Maclead caught five passes for 131 yards in a 45-7 win over Warrensburg.Andrew Helmick caught five passes for 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Winnetonka in a 35-28 loss to Hickman Mills.North Kansas City's Tim Bruns latched on to three passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in a 46-10 loss to Blue Springs South.
Cross Country: Klaffer Sets New Standard
Dillon Klaffer was at his best as well as his school's over the weekend at the Notre Dame Invitational cross-country meet in Cape Girardeau. Klaffer set a new Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau) standard of 16:13.90. West Plain's Philip Palamino reset his own meet record by covering the 5000-meter course in 15:52 to win the boy's division and paced his team to a second place finish.