Blue Springs loses game falls out of playoffs

By Matt Gerstner The Examiner
Posted: October 28, 2011 - 11:53 PM



COLUMBIA, Mo. ­ It was written all over the faces of the Blue Springs Wildcats. Disbelief. Agony. Disappointment.
 
After winning the first two games in Class 6 District 7 play, a win against Columbia Rock Bridge was all that was needed for the fifth-ranked Cats to take home-field advantage into the playoffs.
 
First, home-field advantage vanished. Then the win. Then, the playoffs. And at the end of the day, Rock Bridge stole Blue Springs¹ playoff berth with a 32-27 victory.
 
“That team is awfully good,” Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe said. “We didn’t play as good as we needed to, and they made the big plays when they needed to. Give them credit. They’re a good team.”
 
With Blue Springs South¹s 43-6 win over Liberty garnering them the maximum 13-point differential, the Jaguars captured the top point differential in District 7 between the three teams that finished 2-1. The point differential only determines the district champion in the event of a three-way tie. After that, it¹s head-to-head, a point on which many of the Blue Springs faithful were confused on.
 
Perhaps that just makes the defeat that much more agonizing. Either way, going from an 0-2 start to winning a conference title and coming that close to making the playoffs is remarkable, Donohoe said.
 
“I’m so proud of this team,” Donohoe said. “We believed in ourselves all year, and I’m just really proud of the way they battled.
 
“Once we started getting wins, we started getting confidence. But we had so little margin of error this year. But (Rock Bridge) did a better job, and sometimes you just have to tip your cap to them.”
 
The Bruins kicked off the scoring with a long drive capped by a 12-yard pass from Bruins quarterback Bo Bell to running back Freeman Simmons.
 
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