Blue Springs South rolls LS North
By Shawn Garrison The Examiner
Posted: November 5, 2011 - 1:06 AM
It took all of 10 minutes – maybe even less – for the members of the Blue Springs South football team to completely shift their focus to their next opponent.
The fourth-ranked Jaguars quickly thwarted Lee’s Summit North 49-7 Friday in the teams’ Class 6 sectional playoff meeting, and as South players drifted out of the locker room at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium, they anxiously yanked out their smart phones to check the latest score update from the Rockhurst-Columbia Rock Bridge game, which would determine the Jags’ next opponent.
Word quickly spread that the Hawklets pulled off a late comeback, setting up a rematch between the squads after Rockhurst downed the Jags 16-3 in the third week of the season.
That’s where the Jags’ attention was diverted late Friday, but make no mistake, South coach Greg Oder said, during the week there wasn’t a word uttered about a potential quarterfinal opponent. That’s because the Jags (9-2) knew they first had to deal with a North squad fresh off two wins in its last three outings – a notably different unit than the one South pummeled 49-0 five weeks ago.
It also didn’t hurt that for the first time, this group of Jaguars were prepping for a playoff game in front of their own fans.
“It sounds like coach-speak, but we’re pretty much one game at a time,” Oder said. “... This was this group of seniors’ second playoff game ever. We’re in the quarterfinals right now and the kids are thrilled to death.”
For North coach Ty Kohl, a former Jaguar assistant, the evening played out like a recurring nightmare. In the regular season, the Broncos (3-8) started their opening drive by scooting deep into Jaguar territory before an interception wrecked their momentum and sparked a spiral that led to a 49-point halftime deficit.
This time, the Broncos went three-and-out on their opening drive, which preceded a 55-yard South drive that lasted all of 1 minute, 49 seconds and was capped by Connor Harris’ 4-yard scoring run.
North recovered on its next possession, moving to the Jaguar 20-yard line after gaining 60 yards on six plays, including a 43-yard run by sophomore running back Josh Caldwell. But then Caldwell was stood up on a run and stripped by South senior linebacker Jake King. King then dashed 80 yards to the end zone.
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