Holden wasn’t willing to let its playoff hopes slip away Thursday night. And Oak Grove paid the price.

Holden wasn’t willing to let its playoff hopes slip away Thursday night. And Oak Grove paid the price.
The Eagles (3-7, 2-1) rolled to a 56-6 win in Class 3 District 13 play over the Oak Grove Panthers (0-10, 0-3).
Clinton, Holden and Pleasant Hill ended up deadlocked for the district title with 2-1 ledgers. But a 16-6 win by Pleasant Hill over Clinton helped the Roosters gain a playoff berth instead of the Clinton Cardinals.
By virtue of the points system, Holden will be recognized as the district champion and the Roosters as the runner-up.
“This was a tough game to play on a sloppy field,” Oak Grove head coach Pete Carpino said. “Our players played hard, especially our five seniors did a great job. They played their hearts out.
“Somehow we have to put the season behind us and move on.”
Brycen Mackison broke loose on a 65-yard TD run for Oak Grove’s only score.
“Our players never quit on us throughout the season,” Oak Grove quarterbacks coach Cody Buford said. “The wins just weren’t there. We’re proud of their effort and we will have a lot of young players back for next season.”
LATHROP 39, VAN HORN 0: The Lathrop Mules (1-9, 1-2) registered their first win of the season to hand the Falcons (0-10, 0-3) their 20th loss in a row.
The last Van Horn win was a 7-0 triumph over Kansas City Central in the 2007 season finale. Van Horn coach Jeff Tolbert could not be reached for comment.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 35, SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL 6: Lee’s Summit West will be involved in the state football playoffs for the sixth year in a row.
The Titans (7-3, 2-1) defeated the Bulldogs (2-8, 0-3) in a Class 5 District 8 game to clinch the berth.
The winner of the Raytown-Raytown South game on Saturday – which will be recognized as the District 9 champion – will be West’s opponent on Wednesday.