Pirates’ pursuit: Olathe doubles up Bennett in Class 2A playoff opener
OLATHE — Kyle Piatt and the Olathe High School football team took control Saturday, toppling Bennett 42-21 in the Pirates’ pursuit of another deep run in the Class 2A playoffs.
Piatt scored the Pirates’ first touchdown at 10:19 in the first quarter on a 4-yard run. Piatt scored four touchdowns and had more than a dozen tackles, including a couple of sacks.
On the ensuing kickoff, Bennett’s Mick Schumacher fumbled, with Olathe’s Blaine Sinks giving the Pirates (9-2) back-to-back possessions to start the game.
Barely a minute had passed before Olathe running back Willy Corey darted around the right side for a three-yard score with 9:01 left in the quarter.
The Pirates looked to extend the lead in the first quarter after Piatt ran for a 41-yard gain. On the next play Piatt fumbled, and the Tigers (8-3) capped a 93-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Josh Miller.
In the second quarter, Pirate quarterback Keifer Wollert plowed his way into the end zone on fourth and goal with 5:05 left in the half.
Just before halftime, Miller cut into Olathe’s lead, hooking up with receiver Jesse Stemo in the back of the end zone to pull the Tigers within one score, 20-14, at the half.
The Pirates made a couple of defensive adjustments and stopped the Tigers’ first possession of the second half with backfield penetration led by Piatt, Cody Harrison and Carston Byers.
“Once (the defense) really eliminated what Bennett was trying to do ... Bennett likes to run, and we forced them to throw ... our defense came up with some big plays,” Olathe head coach Ryan Corn said.
“I couldn’t single out any player. As a whole, the entire defense played well.”
After a Bennett punt, Piatt found room on the left side and ran for 41 yards, setting up his 1-yard touchdown up the middle for his second score with 7:55 remaining in the third. A fake kick allowed Cory to dive at the right pylon for the two-point conversion.
The Pirates managed to string together first downs and execute long scoring drives with little resistance from the Tiger defense.
“We have a system that we do for ourselves, and our kids are now experts at it ... our kids believe in themselves,” Corn said.
“We had a great game, we stayed positive, both our lines played really well,” Wollert said.
Piatt scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, one from 10 yards and another from 4. Corey set up Piatt’s last score with a 57-yard run up the middle.
With 6:50 left in the game, Corn shouted to his defense, “Be smart, we’re playing for more, you got that?” after a personal foul against Bennett ended any chance for a comeback.
With 30 seconds left, Miller connected with receiver Levi Barber in the open field for a 54-yard touchdown pass.
“Overall we accomplished what we needed to do,” Corn said.
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Cameron Cotton caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Robby Moore for Coal Ridge’s only score, but it was too late, as the Sun Devils built a 20-0 lead into the fourth quarter.
Faith Christian 40, Basalt 21: The Longhorns’ first playoff appearance in more than 30 years came to an abrupt end to the perennial title contender Eagles in Arvada.
Aspen 21, Platte Valley 14: The Skiers won their second playoff game in as many years and ended Platte Valley’s five-game winning streak.