Grandview senior Arlonn Tolson spent the majority of the 2014 season resting on the sideline with a broken wrist.
A year later, he committed the preseason working to reclaim his job on the Bulldogs’ offense.
“I said I wanted to make a major comeback,” he said. “But it would only be complete once I got into the end zone.”
Consider it completed.
Tolson scored three touchdowns in Grandview’s 38-0 victory Friday against Oak Park. The Bulldogs improved to 2-0.
After scoring only 67 points over the final six games last season — a year that included one victory — the Bulldogs have put up 96 in the first two weeks.
And the defense has been much-improved, too. Grandview has allowed only one special teams touchdown this season.
“They’re playing their hearts out,” first-year Grandview coach Jeremie Picard said in a phone interview after the game. “Our offense really did their job — and we’re happy when we score 38 points, obviously — but our defense just played exceptionally well. They went out and executed everything we asked.”
Staley 35, Raymore-Peculiar 10
For the first 94 minutes of the season, the Staley defense was perfect.
A late blip Friday ended that streak, but the record remains exactly that — perfect.
The Falcons rolled over a Class 6 opponent for the second straight week, defeating Raymore-Peculiar 35-10 on Friday.
After shutting out Blue Springs in the season opener, Staley held Raymore-Peculiar’s offense off the scoreboard until the final two minutes of the fourth quarter.
“I would say the catalyst of our night, especially in the first half, was the work of everyone on our defense,” Falcons coach Fred Bouchard said. “The only problem was our offense gave up points this year before our defense did.”
Indeed, Raymore-Peculiar got on the board Friday with a third-quarter safety.
Staley forced seven turnovers, including five in the first half, which it turned into a 16-0 halftime lead.
Running back Faizol Bouchard and quarterback Michael Kilpatrick rushed for touchdowns in the opening half, and Bouchard added two more scores in the second half.
Webb City 49, Rockhurst 20
Over the past five seasons, Webb City has built a dynasty in Missouri Class 4 — winning five straight state championships — but it’s defeated a bevy of big-class opponents along the way.
For the second straight season, that list includes the Rockhurst Hawklets, a Class 6 power.
Webb City beat Rockhurst 49-20 on Friday at Webb City.
After losing to Webb City in Week 2 last season, the Hawklets responded with 12 straight victories to reach the Class 6 state championship game. And they cited the early-season loss as their motivation.
Rockhurst senior running back A.J. Taylor scored two touchdowns in the loss, including a 82-yard pass reception in the third quarter.