Blue Springs rolls past LS North
By Toriano Porter Special to the Lee's Summit Journal
Bad snaps, blocked punts, drop passes and fumbles.
Lee's Summit North had them all in a 42-7 setback on the road Friday against Blue Springs.
The Broncos were down 7-0 just 1 minute, 34 seconds into the game, and thanks to a bad snap on a punt attempt on their first possession trailed 14-0 less than four minutes into the Suburban Big Six Conference contest.
"You can't give a team like Blue Springs the ball twice on the 12-yard line," Broncos head coach Ty Kohl said. "We had the bad snap there on the punt and gave them 14 easy points. That takes a lot out of you."
The lost left Lee's Summit North nursing a 1-6 record overall and 0-4 in conference play heading into district play.
"For us to make the playoffs - which is our goal - we have to straighten out our defense," Kohl said. "Right now we're not tackling. We just haven't gotten it done defensively the whole year."
The miscues continued to mount after North's seven-play, 80-yard scoring drive cut Blue Springs' lead in half at the 4:58 mark of the first quarter.
North's defense had trouble containing Blue Springs' ground game, allowed Wildcat quarterback Kyle Brown to complete his first six pass attempts which included two touchdowns and rarely slowed the host team's offense.
The Wildcats, 5-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play, put up more than 300 yards of total offense before calling off the charges early in the second half with the clock running.
On offense, the Broncos' plight on the night could be summed up by the last play of the first half.
Lined up in the swinging gate formation and facing a 2nd-and-goal from the Wildcats' 2-yard line with four seconds on the clock, quarterback Will Harrington took the snap, pump faked a pass to his right, then took off for the end zone.
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