It was just too much Kellen Overstreet on Saturday afternoon as Penney beat West Platte 61-46 in their Missouri Class 1 quarterfinal game in Weston.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
Overstreet, a 5-foot-11, 201-pound junior, rushed 38 times for 340 yards and five touchdowns. He caught three passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns and had a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Penney, 11-2, only ran four plays from scrimmage in scoring the games first three touchdowns. The Hornets only had to travel 88 yards for the three touchdowns and a 21-0 lead.
However, West Platte came back to cut the margin to 34-27 with 53 seconds left in the first half.
The Blue Jays, 5-8, tried an onside kick that was touched before it traveled 10 yards.
The Hornets moved the 50 yards in five plays with freshman quarterback Jaran Richman finding Overstreet for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left.
Penneys short kick was recovered by junior Keithan Litton at the Blue Jays 45.
Richman found Overstreet for 28 yards and then 17 yards for the touchdown with 6.6 seconds left in the half and Penney had a 47-27 halftime advantage.
We had the early mistakes and mental errors just before halftime, West Platte coach Nate Danneman said.
There wasnt a lot of scoring in the second half, but the Hornets had two time-consuming scoring drives. They had a 5-minute, 40-second drive in the third quarter with Overstreet rushing in from the 10.
Then they had a 7:06 drive in the fourth quarter with Richman scoring from the 1.
West Platte had seven touchdowns with senior running back Colton Goodlet scoring three, senior quarterback Jack Callahan and senior wide receiver Cody Guthrie with two each.
The Blue Jays finished the regular season 2-7, including a 39-31 loss to Penney. They had won three in a row in the playoffs.
Weve come a long way as a group, Danneman said. We had a finish we can be proud of.