Grain Valley wouldn’t be denied.
The Eagles scored the final two touchdowns in rallying for a 23-17 victory over visiting St. Joseph Benton Friday night and even their record at 1-1.
Grain Valley tied the score 17-17 on Brice Quinn’s 46-yard, third-quarter run and Evan Velasquez’s extra point. Then in the fourth quarter, Kellen Holland passed 59 yards to Hunter Ramirez for the game-winning touchdown.
The Eagle victory snapped a seven-game losing streak and avenged last year’s 13-12 loss to Benton.
“The defense played real well,” Grain Valley coach Jimmy Tucker said. “They scored 42 points on Ozark last week. We did a good job on a very good running back.
“It was good to get the first win. The kids worked hard. The defense got a lot better, and we made enough plays to win the game.”
Grain Valley went to the air for the victory. Ben Andes was 5 of 8 for 115 yards, and Holland 6 of 11 for 129 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles were held to 41 yards rushing.
Velasquez kicked a 27-yard field goal, and Holland passed 30 yards to Velasquez to account for Grain Valley’s 10 first-half points. Then, the defense took over by holding Benton scoreless in the second half.
VAN HORN 49, KCK WYANDOTTE 48: Tony Winningham passed 45 yards to Isaiah Gotsis for a touchdown with 49 seconds remaining and Michael Payne kicked the winning extra point as Van Horn outlasted visiting Wyandotte at Truman High School Friday night.
“He (Winningham) was scrambling around and avoided three sacks and found Gotsis wide open,” Van Horn coach Jeff Tolbert said of the winning touchdown.
J.J. Rivers rushed 26 times for 230 and five touchdowns and Winningham passed for two scores to lead the Falcons.
Wyandotte had gone ahead 48-42, but a big kickoff return by Sylvester Newman put Van Horn in position to win the game. The Falcons improved to 2-0 and defeated Wyandotte for the third-consecutive year.
LIBERTY NORTH 49, TRUMAN 0: Host Liberty North broke out to a 35-0 halftime lead and went on to hand Truman its second shutout defeat.
“I am proud of the kids for sticking with it,” new Truman coach Gregg Webb said. ”Our offense can’t sustain drives, and our defense is out there too much.
“We had five fumbles and could have had more,” Webb said. “We didn’t start the way we needed to. The kids need something positive to happen.”
OAK GROVE 35, HOLDEN 0: Oak Grove scored two touchdowns in each of the first two quarters to set up an easy nonconference victory over visiting Holden Friday night and improve to 2-0.