North Platte hung strong early but simply never generated the offense needed to stay close.
Lathrop scored three touchdowns in the second quarter and pulled away for a 46-0 win Friday, Sept. 23 at North Platte High School in Dearborn, Mo. The Panthers committed three turnovers and generated just 64 yards of offense in a KCI Conference loss that came on the heels of a thrilling win over rival West Platte one week earlier.
North Platte (2-4, 1-3 KCI) dropped to No. 6 in the latest Class 1 District 7 standings, percentage points back of No. 5 Plattsburg (1-5) and No. 4 West Platte (1-5). The Panthers don’t play Plattsburg until the regular season finale.
Before then, North Platte faces tough matchups with East Buchanan (4-2, No. 2 in District 7) and state-ranked Hamilton (6-0).
Held scoreless in the first quarter, Lathrop took a 21-0 lead into halftime and put on a running clock early in the fourth quarter, prompting North Platte to use its backups late. The Panthers were unable to move the ball with junior quarterback Austin Snook going 7-for-14 for just 35 yards — three of the completions going to senior Tony Martin for 14 yards.
On the ground, North Platte managed just 29 yards total on 35 tries with Remington Wilson totaling a team-high 14 yards on the ground. Ben French added 11 on 14 carries.
Wilson and French tied for the team lead with eight tackles each.
Lawson 42, West Platte 6
The Bluejays faced a running clock for the entire second half Friday, Sept. 23 against Class 1’s No. 3-ranked team.
Hamilton scored five touchdowns in the first half, including two of three rushing touchdowns for Brock Swindler (196 yards on just six carries). He added his third on a 60-yarder early in the third quarter for the Hornets’ final score.
West Platte threw for just 30 yards with quarterback Nick Miller finishing 4-for-17 for 30 yards — all four completions to senior fullback Kyle Tabaka. Miller led the Bluejays in rushing with 29 yards, 20 coming on a fourth quarter touchdown run for their lone points.
Tabaka ran eight times for 8 yards in the loss.
The two teams have now met six times in the past four seasons with Hamilton holding a 5-1 edge, including a pair of victories in the Class 1 playoffs (2013 and 2015). West Platte’s lone win in that span came in the 2014 regular season.