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Cardinals beat tough Liberty North team
October 2, 2013By Kennedy Johnson of Raytown South High School
After watching the Cardinals defeat Liberty North, you got the feeling the defense is pretty good.
For the second straight week, the Red Rage Defense played exceptionally well. From top to bottom, the defense is solid. The D-line can stop the run between the tackles, the linebacker fill the holes and blitz well and the secondary has shut down the pass. Then there are the kids who come in to back those players up and they play just as well. Depth, a nice thing to have.
The Cardinals offense is moving the ball and did enough to put points on the board in the team's 23-6 win over the Eagles. The team from Liberty North has some very good athletes. Their skilled position kids can flat out play and it showed. Liberty North was able to move the ball from time to time but the defense of South would stiffen and force the Eagles to punt. In fact the Eagles punted four times in the game. The lone TD for Liberty North was on a well executed sweep that covered 80 yds. after the Cardinals last score of the game.
Though the efforts of the defense gets the most of the attention, the offense is getting better. Several drives that stalled after nice starts, but a penalty will usually end it. Midway through the 2nd quarter, the Eagles landed a deep punt, pinning the Cardinals inside their 20 yd. line. Didn't matter, two plays later, Jasir Cox went off right tackle for an 81 yd. TD run. The 2 pt. conversion was no good and Ray-South led 6-0.
Liberty North went on a drive of their own. Converting a 4th & five on a fake-punt. Shortly after crossing deep into the Cardinals territory, the defense struck. Demohn McClenton intercepted a pass at the 20 yd. line and took it the distance, 80 yards the other way for the first score of the game with :22 seconds left till half-time. Two pt. conversion run by Cox was good and the half ended with the Cardinals up 14-0.
In the 3rd quarter, both teams went on drives only to stall out. South had to punt from their own 8 yd. line, a good return by the Eagles and they had the ball inside the Cardinal 15 yd. line. The defense stepped up again and a 4th down pass attempt resulted in a QB sack that ended the threat. A long run by Jasir Cox put the ball inside the 5 yd. line. Patrick Walton carried the ball over for the short TD. The 2 point conversion pass was incomplete and the Cardinals lead 20-0. The kick-off team covered the kick well and pinned the Eagles on their own 20 yd. line - the next play went 80 yds. on the a run as the Eagle running back finally got loose. The 2 pt. run was stopped and the lead was cut to 14 with about three minutes to go in the game.
The Cardinals run most of the 4th quarter clock out and the defense held the Eagles on the next series. Game over! The win raised the Red bird record to 2-0 on the young season.
The Liberty North team presented a strong offense and a good defense which the team complimented their opponent, which played very hard. The Eagles are a good team.
The B-game was also a see-saw event as both teams moved the ball only to have the defense step up as the teams got closer to the endzone. A TD pass by the Eagles late in the 1st period gave them the lead 6-0. The Eagles held on to that lead for most of the game, deep into the 4th quarter as the defense on both teams bent but would not break. Donnie Locke, Tyler Yocum, Rapheal Pearson, Mikus Smith and others kept the Eagles from moving the ball. Couple of deep drives by the Cardinals resulted in the drives stalling.
With under 2 minutes to go in the game, the Cardinals had the ball on their own 5 yd. line - then lightning struck in the form of a QB boot by Jamar Madge that went 91 yds to the Eagles 4 yd. line. Just like that the Cardinals were near the goal line. James Mitchell carried the ball over from the 3 and the game was tied. Coach McIntyre reverted back to the QB boot run and Jamar Madge worked his magic from the 3 yds. line and the 2-pt. conversion was good. The B-team held off the Eagles and won their second game 8-6. The celebration was wild - what a win!!!
Both teams travel to Belton to take on Yeokum. The Pirates are 1-1 on their young season.