Over the past half dozen years, Grain Valley has rolled up two three-game winning streaks and a five-game streak in 2011.
The Eagles entered Friday night's football game against Raytown vying for the first three-game streak to open a season this decade.
On the second play of the contest and on the first offensive snap, a costly mistake by the Eagles provided an opening for the Blue Jays and a precursor for a rough night.
Raytown took advantage of two costly first-half turnovers and rolled from there to a 49-14 victory at Ted Chittwood Stadium.
The Blue Jays (3-0) posted 28 points in the first half and half of those points came off turnovers by Grain Valley.
“We haven't had a turnover in two games and we come out and turn it over three times and that led to points, which you can't do that against a team like that,” Grain Valley coach David Allie said. “Second half we played pretty well. We talked about in the second half, we are down 28-0. I want to see what kind of heart we have. It is gut-check time, let’s go.
“We could've folded the tent really easily and it could've got real ugly. It was ugly the way it was. I praise them for their heart. We stuck together.”
The Eagles (2-1) got the ball at their 35-yard line to start the contest but a bad exchange between quarterback Tate Collum and running back Caleb Krell led to a fumble. Marshawn Zachary recovered it for the Blue Jays at the 36-yard line.
On the first play for Raytown, sophomore quarterback Joe Campbell connected with Dom Gicinto for a 36-yard scoring strike with just 15 seconds elapsed.
Grain Valley's second drive netted three yards and the third had a total of minus-3. That third drive set up the Blue Jays at the Eagles' 33 and two plays later, Campbell hit Desmond Hutson for a 27-yard touchdown pass.
Krell had a 2-yard run on the first play on the ensuing Grain Valley drive and drew a face mask call, which moved his team to Raytown's 48-yard line. Two plays later, though, Collum fumbled and Raytown recovered with 5:29 left in the first.
A 15-play drive followed and extended into the second quarter before Campbell connected with Hutson for an 8-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead.
Gicinto, who has five Division I offers, hauled in a 47-yard touchdown pass from Campbell with 6:52 left in the second to make it 28-0.
Campbell leaped for a 1-yard score on the first drive of the third quarter to set the turbo clock in motion. Grain Valley put a stop to the clock's continual running by scoring on the next drive, when Ethan Grasher ran for a 35-yard touchdown with 5:44 left in the third.
Raytown needed four plays to score and get the running clock back. Campbell threw his fifth touchdown of the game and third to Hutson from the 37-yard line. With 3:04 left, Campbell hit Hutson for a 3-yard score.
In between those scores, Collum ran for a 24-yard touchdown for Grain Valley, which came after he connected with Noah Buseman for a 67-yard catch.
The gunslinger was 21-for-39 for 273 yards for Raytown, while Gicinto had eight catches for 140 yards.
Raytown, under the guidance of first-year coach Logan Minnick, matched last year's win total with the decisive win.
VAN HORN 61, SHERWOOD 0: Izaiah Cozey ran for three touchdowns and Shaun Ross passed for another three and ran one in as Van Horn rolled to a Crossroads Conference victory over Sherwood Friday in Creighton, Mo.
Cozey scored the first two touchdowns on runs of 12 and 8 yards and the Falcons were off.
“It felt good,” Falcons coach William Harris said. “Going in against a Class 2 team, I told our guys we need to play like a Class 4 team, and we did what we were supposed to do. The offense played well and the defense played well. We had been having trouble scoring in the second half but we kept it on them tonight and fixed that.”
Ross completed 10 of 11 passes for 102 yards and three TDs, including two to Sobelli Powell to put the Falcons ahead 28-0 after one quarter.
Terrion Seddens led the defense with two interceptions, one returned for a 32-yard touchdown. He also had a sack and another tackle for loss and scored another TD on a 21-yard run.
Evan Neal also had a 13-yard TD reception and had 71 yards of total offense. Freshman running back Tavious Brown added 94 yards on nine carries.