There was a night and day difference between Week 1 and Week 2 when Platte Valley football left the field Sept. 4.
They had just captured their first win of the season against Rock Port 40-36. It was a stark difference compared to a Week 1 loss to back-to-back state champion Mound City by a score of 50-0. Coach Cree Beverlin knows more than anyone how important that first win is.
“It's huge for us to get a win this early in the season,” Beverlin said. “It legitimizes our program when we can beat a team like Rock Port.”
In Week 3, Platte Valley will be looking forward to traveling to North-West Nodaway for the first away game of the 2020 season. North-West Nodaway will have extra motivation following the 0-2 start to the season.
North-West Nodaway runs most of the offense through their dual threat quarterback Karson Oberhauser. He threw for 340 yards last season but led the way in rushing with 1,186 yards and 12 touchdowns.
North-West Nodaway adds Oberhauser to good weapons out of the backfield in senior running backs Gabe Goff and Cody Cline. Beverlin knows his team will need to be prepared this Friday.
“They have a lot of speed and athleticism,” Beverlin said about Northwest Nodaway. “I think they are fairly versatile, and their new coach is doing a good job with them.”
Platte Valley will be confident after their defensive performance against Rock Port’s star running back Joey Herron. Herron has run for over 2,500 yards in his two years as a starter, but he was held to just 68 yards rushing last week.
“It's great, our run defense is solid right now, but we've got a lot of good teams in the conference that we’re going to have to keep proving ourselves to,” Beverlin said.
North-West Nodaway will be looking for some revenge from last season’s loss to Platte Valley 52-6.
Platte Valley’s offense made drastic improvements from its Week 1 shutout and was led by notable performances from running back Jose Rivera and quarterback Trever McQueen. Rivera finished with a career high 176 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
“Jose did a great job for us in Week 2, and he’s going to have to continue to be an impactful player even when teams are planning for him,” Beverlin said. “As coaches, we just have to put him in the right situation to make plays.”
McQueen led the way with 77 yards passing and a score both passing and rushing. Beverlin knows how good his team can be when their quarterback is performing well, even if there's room for improvement.
“Trever is doing a good job for us right now,” Beverlin said. “However, we found some plays on Friday that we can improve on for Week 3.”
The fate of Platte Valley’s success this season hangs in the balance until they take on Northwest Nodaway Sept. 11 in Hopkins.
“I expect us to come out against North-West Nodaway and play tough football at a consistent level,” Beverlin said. “We need to keep improving every week so that we’re still competing at a high level at the end of the season.”