Park Hill South blanked in opener

Raymore-Peculiar took advantage of miscues early and rolled to a 35-0 victory over Park Hill South on Friday, Aug. 30 in the season opener.

The Panthers in gold-and-black spoiled the debut of new Park Hill South coach Alan Wilmes in the process.

Ray-Pec put up 35 points in the first half and had the benefit of the turbo clock to pick up a third straight win against the other Panthers, wearing white and purple, dating back to 2004 Class 5 playoff game.

Last year, Ray-Pec won 41-35 in a shootout at Park Hill High School.

The first score for Ray-Pec came on a 55-yard fumble recovery and return by Kansas commit Luke Grimm.

Park Hill South moved the ball down the field on its second possession, but missed a 28-yard field goal.

The teams would later trade fumbles in the first quarter, before Conrad Hawley hit Gabe Shanklin for a 29-yard touchdown.

Up 14-0 after the opening frame, Ray-Pec added three more touchdowns in the second half.

Shanklin then took over the second quarter with TD runs of 51, 55 and 4 yards. He finished with 151 yards on 14 carries. Overall, Ray-Pec ran for 306 yards on 34 carries.

The teams, in terms of plays, were pretty similar. Ray-Pec ran 45, while Park Hill South had 44 plays. Ray-Pec rolled up 353 yards of total offense, while Park Hill South was limited to 154 yards.

Park Hill South ran for 42 yards on 25 carries, with quarterback Matt Suchanick rushing for 25 yards on eight carries. The senior also passed for 112 yards, hitting 7 of 19 passes.

Park Hill South was hurt by turnovers, losing all three fumbles they committed.

The Panthers host Platte County at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at Preston Field at Park Hill High School. Platte County has won the past three meetings against Park Hill South, dating back to 2014.