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Savannah is first district
victim for unbeaten PC

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

Platte County stomped conference rival Savannah 48-7, in both teams' first football game of district action.

The game started with Platte County receiving the opening kickoff for the first time this season. The Pirates then proceeded to march down the field past Savannah’s defense for 63 yards on 8 plays.

Then senior quarterback Robbie Campbell held onto the ball and rushed into the end zone from two yards out, with 9:05 remaining in the first quarter, giving Platte County the early lead. Junior Nick Jaros converted the extra point giving the Pirates a 7-0 lead.

The Platte County defense held its ground against a run-centered Savage offense. The Pirates eventually forced Savannah to punt the ball away.

The Savannah punter nearly missed getting the ball off after a bad snap. Senior David Poolman received the punt and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. Jaros made the extra point, and gave the Pirates a 14-0 lead, silencing the Savannah crowd with 6:26 remaining. That was Platte County’s second punt return for a touchdown in as many weeks.

The Pirates' defense was once again able to make a strong defensive hold and force Savannah to punt it away again.

Platte County moved the ball down the field past the Savage defense. Missouri’s second all-time leading rusher, senior halfback Zach Sherman rushed the ball into the end zone from eight yards out with 10:23 remaining in the second quarter. Jaros made the extra point and gave the Pirates a 21-0 lead at Savannah.
Yet another defensive stand was made by Platte County once the Savages received the ball again. Savannah was able to pick up little yardage.

Once the Pirates received the ball again, they gained 13 yards on 4 plays. But, on the fifth play of the drive, Platte County was able to score yet another touchdown. The play started when Sherman received the ball like an average sweep, but Sherman then handed the ball off to senior wide receiver Chase Verdoorn on a reverse, who went 40 yards for a touchdown. Jaros converted the kick and gave Platte County a 28-0 lead with 6:10 remaining in the half.

The next drive for Savannah was cut short after Verdoorn forced a fumble that was recovered by Platte County juniors Travis Frogge and Sean O’Connor.

After the fumble recovery, Platte County again proceeded to march the ball downfield passed Savannah. On the sixth play of the drive, Sherman rushed into the end zone from 15 yards out, concluding a 44-yard drive with 1:00 left in the half. The extra point attempt failed, but the Pirates still had a 34-0 lead going into halftime.

Platte County kicked the ball off to Savannah to begin the second half. The kick returner for the Savages returned the ball 87 yards for a touchdown to open the third quarter. Savannah narrowly converted the extra point to make the score 34-7 with 11:47 left in the quarter.

Only 3 plays after receiving the kickoff from Savannah, Sherman ran the ball 48 yards for another Platte County touchdown. The extra point was good, and the Pirates now had a 41-7 lead over the Savages with 10:31 remaining in the third quarter.

For yet another series, Platte County was able to stifle Savannah’s rushing game and force them to punt the ball away again.

Campbell found the end zone again for the Pirates with his second two-yard touchdown rush of the night. The extra point was good, and concluded a 5-play, 55-yard drive, giving the Pirates a 48-7 lead over Savannah with 5:47 left in the game.

That was the last score for either team on the night.

The only excitement that came in the fourth quarter was a 43-yard rush by sophomore John Hart.

Platte County ended the night with 424 yards of total offense on the night, compared to Savannah’s 161 total yards on the night. The ground accounted for 371 of the Pirates yards, while 53 came through the air.

Campbell was 3-3 passing for 53 yards, with all of the receptions made by Verdoorn.

The rushers for Platte County included Sherman with 220 yards, on 21 attempts, with 3 touchdowns; Hart had 1 rush for 43 yards; Verdoorn had 1 rush for 40 yards and a touchdown; junior Matt Prout had 6 rushes for 28 yards; senior Carl Foreman had 16 yards on 3 rushes; junior Aaron Bernard had 2 rushes for 12 yards; senior Richard Clarkson had six yards on three rushes; Campbell had two rushes for four yards and two touchdowns; and sophomore Brian Lister had one rush for three yards.

The leading tacklers for Platte County included O’Connor with nine, Verdoorn with eight, junior Cory Williams with seven, Prout with six and Jaros and Frogge with five apiece.

O’Connor and Frogge had one joint fumble recovery and senior Kevin Remmers also had a fumble recovery.

Platte County moved to 8-0 on the year, and 1-0 in districts with their 48-7 victory over Savannah.

The Pirates travel to Cameron on Oct. 26. Cameron has not won a game in two years and Platte County looks to continue this streak.