PLATTE CITY — For the first time since the 2012 season, the Platte County Pirates own bragging rights over Kearney in the Highway 92 Showdown.

The Pirates achieved the rivalry win in emphatic fashion, topping the traveling Bulldogs 51-14 on Friday, Sept. 13, at Platte County High School.

“We felt pretty good coming into the game, but we just didn’t execute the way we needed to execute,” Kearney coach Josh Gray said. “That’s a good football team. They were definitely better than us.”

Platte County (2-1) scored on its first possession of the game to jumpstart a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and a 31-7 advantage at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Pirates left no doubt with a 20-7 fourth.

“I don’t think we’re where we need to be,” Gray said. “Some of it is execution. Our consistency is not there yet .”

Garrett Laughlin scored Kearney’s two touchdowns, hauling in a 4-yard pass in the second quarter and running 35 yards for a score with 50 seconds remaining.

Laughlin finished with 182 rushing yards and a touchdown on 25 carries while catching two passes for 10 yards and a touchdown. Acosta finished 6 of 19 passing for 43 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

It’s a rivalry game that the Bulldogs owned for each of the last six seasons.

“We always want to perform well against those teams that we have those rivalries with,” Gray said. “They’re a well-coached football team and they definitely have those dudes. We just didn’t get it done.”

With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 1-2 on the year ahead of a home contest against Winnetonka (3-0) on Friday, Sept. 20.

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at or 389-6643.​

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