A stingy defense Friday night helped the Grain Valley football team remain in a tie with Oak Grove atop of the Missouri River Valley Conference West Division.

A stingy defense Friday night helped the Grain Valley football team remain in a tie with Oak Grove atop of the Missouri River Valley Conference West Division.

The Eagles (4-1, 2-0 MRVC West) held the visting Pleasant Hill Roosters (0-3, 1-4) to less than 200 yards of total offense while claiming a 24-0 win at Grain Valley.

“Our defense played very, very well,” Grain Valley coach Forrest Rovello said. “Pleasant Hill has a much better team than its won-loss record indicates. Every win is a good win, and this is no exception.”

Ryan Nace, who picked up 190 yards on 11 carries, scored the first Eagle touchdown on a 10-yard run and helped the Eagles rack up 324 yards rushing.

“Ryan’s fast kid and he’s a strong kid,” Rovello said. “With his speed, he can be tough to bring down. He sure let everyone know that he was in town tonight.”

Austin Embrock and Riley Williams scored the other two Eagle touchdowns on 1-yard dives.

Alec Velasquez accounted for the remaining Grain Valley points by booting three extra points and a 25-yard field goal.

OAK GROVE 35, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 13: Chase Tryon ran 14 times for 77 yards and one touchdown as Oak Grove remained unbeaten at 5-0 with a 35-13 Missouri River Valley Conference West victory over host Excelsior Springs.

“The kids up front on both sides of the ball played well,” Oak Grove coach Pete Carpino said. “The kids are doing a good job. It was tough year last year and the kids are taking every week personally.”

Zach Taylor ran 3 yards for a score and Zach Leamon kicked the first of five extra points, giving the Panthers (2-0 MRVC West) a 7-0 lead after one quarter.

The lead was boosted to 21-0 in the second quarter on Taylor’s 31-yard pass to Austin Latshaw and Tryon’s 16-yard run.

Excelsior Springs’ Marcus Coby then returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.

Oak Grove added two third-quarter touchdowns. Kyle Jones returned an Excelsior Springs fumble 55 yards and Taylor Brinegar scored on a 7-yard run.

Excelsior Springs’ second touchdown came with 5:07 remaining on Nick Masoner’s 3-yard run.

The Oak Grove defense held the Tigers to six first downs and 110 total yards. The Panthers rushed for 233 yards and added another 44 by passing.

SHERWOOD 28, VAN HORN 6: After dropping a 22-20 heartbreaker to Mid-Buchanan while losing their first game of the season a week ago, the Marksmen (4-1, 1-0) rebounded by registering a Crossroads Conference win over the Falcons (1-4, 0-3).

LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 42, LIBERTY 27: Michael Hopfinger ran for a pair of touchdowns and Anthony Eller caught a pair of touchdown passes to help the Broncos upend the host Blue Jays in a Suburban Big Six matchup at William Jewell College in Liberty.

Hopfinger scored his first TD on a 54-yard scamper in the first quarter and added another on a 16-yard burst in the third period.

Eller caught a 30-yard scoring strike from Pete Haggard in the opening quarter and scored again on a 31-yard pass from Haggard in the third quarter.

Haggard padded his passing statistics by throwing a 41-yard scoring strike to Cole Giannola in the second period.

T.J. Semke scored the final Bronco TD on a 3-yard run.