The Bolivar Liberators offense was hitting on all cylinders Friday night as they cruised past Grain Valley 57-23 in the first round of the Class 4, District 7 playoffs.
Bolivar carried a six game win streak into their playoff matchup with Grain Valley. It didn't take long to see that the win streak would be extended to seven. Liberator quarterback Rafe Peavey ran for touchdowns of 47 and 50 yards in the first half, in addition to throwing for one as well. "We came out on fire," said the junior quarterback. "We prepared really well and came out focused."
With the offense looking virtually unstoppable, Bolivar took a 36-9 lead to the half. Things would get interesting in the third quarter, however, as the Grain Valley offense began to find its footing. The Eagles would score twice in the quarter to get the Liberators lead down to 36-13. "We've started out fast a lot this year, but it seems like we have a lull every game," said Bolivar head coach Lance Roweton. "We need to work on that."
Grain Valley wouldn't feel like they were in the ballgame for long though, as Bolivar reeled off 21 unanswered points to end the ballgame and advance to the second round of the playoffs. "When we're on, we're pretty hard to stop," smiled Peavey after putting up almost 300 yards of total offense.
The Liberators will now host Rayton South on Wednesday. Roweton's team will enter that game with no shortage of confidence. "This time of year the team that plays the best advances and hopefully that's us on Wednesday. "