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Cardinals down Bluejays in a classic game
November 22, 2013By Kennedy Johnson of Raytown South High School
The Cardinals traveled to Raytown Middle to play the Bluejays in both teams last game of the year. The Bluejays carried a 3-2 record into the game and were bent on knocking the Cardinals out of the unbeaten ranks. Alot was on the line for Raytown South.
The Bluejays were coming off two straight seasons of being undefeated - 2011 & 2012. South did their best but the Bluejays came off the field with wins in the past five years - longest losing streak to their crosstown rivals.
The Cardinals won the coin toss and elected to play defense first. Right from the start of the game both team's defense dominated the game. The offenses would move but the 'jays and redbirds defense would bend but not break.' Raytown South got the first break on a short punt. They moved the ball inside the 20 yd. line behind a good running attack. Micheal Cleaves capped the drive with a niffty run from about the 15 yd. line for the first score of the game. The PAT kick was wide, score was South - 6 Raytown - 0.
The Bluejays went to the passing game and scored on a long TD pass, however it was called back due to a penalty. The drive stalled and each team traded punts. The Bluejays next possession resulted in an interception by Reaud Hall who got the ball down inside the Raytown 30 yd line.
The running game went back to work and moved the ball near the 10 yd. line - the Cardinals were poised to take control of the first half - then a fumbled pitch was recovered by the Bluejays defense and the threat by the Redbirds was thrwarted. The half ended. SMS - 6 RMS - 0
The second half was much of the same, Cardinals running the ball and mixing in a few passes, the Bluejays went to the air with success when their running game failed. Both teams moved the ball but the drive would stall and the ball change possession. Then came a very exciting fourth quarter.
The Bluejays went back to the pass that scored the TD earlier in the game that was called back. The Raytown receiver went 80 yds. for the score, no penalty this time and Raytown was on the scoreboard. The Red Rage defense denied the 2 pt. conversion pass and the game was tied at 6 all. The Cardinals mounted a nice drive mid-way through the 4th QTR only to have it stall when on 4th and 1, the QB sneak was stuffed by the very big and strong front four on the defense. The Bluejays took over, but couldn't move the ball. Raytown punted - it went out of bounds short. Cardinals took over near the 45 yd. of Raytown.
Time left in the game - 2:40 and two timeouts. Couple of runs by Jasir Cox and a screen pass to Jeremiah Bell moved the ball deeper into Bluejay territory. A nice run by Mr. Cox gained another first down. The next two runs were stuffed but the Cardinals managed a nice gain on one play with :37 left to go in the game - South used their last time-out.
Game on the line...move closer for a field goal? Long Pass? Sweep play with Mr. Cox or Mr. Cleaves? Coach Roark called for the short pass to the tightend, Michael Cleaves. Patrick Walton faked the dive to Cox, the whole Bluejay defense rushed to stop the play - Michael Cleaves slipped quietly into the secondary, Walton hit him with an accurate throw at the 10 yd line and Micheal scored!!! The sideline went crazy as did the fans and parents in the stands.
The Cardinals made the all important 2 pt. conversion run behind the blocking of Camron Jones, Lewis Caples and Trey Anderson, Redbirds lead 14-6 with :29.7 seconds left in the game. Tyler Jones got off a great kick down near the sideline and the ball carrier for Raytown was stopped cold. Here came Raytown out in their passing formation - ball was snapped, pressure on the QB came from outside and up the middle, the ball floated down field....and into the hands of Demohn McClenton, who returned the ball all they way to the 10 yd. line - the fans, players and parents went crazy again!!!
Patrick Walton snapped the ball, knelt down behind his offensive line - they watched the last few seconds tick away. They had done it, undefeated, 6-0. What a great game played by both the Bluejays and Cardinals.
More info about the B-team's 24-0 victory over Raytown in the next article. Stay tuned!