BS South wins battle of state champs
By Brian Spano PrepsKC Senior Writer
So, was this the upper class state championship in Missouri? When was the last time the defending Class 5 state champion met the defending Class 6 state champion in the regular season?
Well, it happened Friday night at Staley when Blue Springs South traveled north, and the Jaguars got the best of the Falcons 44-33 in a game of big plays, little defense and bad special teams.
The game was unconventional from the start when Staley opened with an onside kick and recovered it, but failed to capitalize when on the punt attempt the ball was snapped over the punters head. South, 3-1, took over first and 10 at the Falcons’ 10. Two plays later, quarterback Dalton Brewer was in the end zone. The extra point was no good.
Staley, 2-2 answered, which took 13 plays and five minutes off the clock when quarterback Trent Hosick plunged in from a yard out.
South scored on its next drive, but this time taking three plays to do it when Brewer hit Khorey Kilgore for 21 yards. Again, the extra point was no good.
And so it went throughout the first half. Staley went on long scoring drives, and South playing on short fields. The Jaguars benefited from outstanding field position all night long from the Staley’s onside kick attempts or its failed fourth down attempts on its own side of the field. South ran a total of 14 offensive plays in the first half.
“It was a dogfight defensively because they throw so much at you offensively,” Jaguars head coach Greg Oder said. “They were onside kicking every time they scored, and then they would go for it on fourth down anywhere on the field, so it’s a high pressure offense for a defense, that’s for sure.”
One of the bigger plays came late in the first half off of a blocked field goal attempt that would have brought the Falcons to within three points; however, the kick was blocked, and Jaguars wide receiver Brandin Dandridge, who finished the night with four catches and 124 yards and three touchdowns, ran it back for the score to give South a 25-13 halftime lead.
“That was a good moment right there,” Dandridge said of the blocked field goal. “I give all the credit to my teammates. I just green grass.”
Staley had an opportunity to get back in, always just within arm’s reach. With about 2:30 to play and down 38-33, the Falcons took over at their 15, but defensive lineman Josh Menard read Hosick’s pass, stepped into the lane and picked off the ball and bolted 22 yards for the touchdown to seal the victory.
“We decided to be a little more aggressive this year, and it’s be more of a stance of we’re going to try to go get the ball back a little more often,” Staley head coach Fred Bouchard said of his game plan. “We’ll evaluate it, but it may not be the exact thing we should be doing, but our get kids are getting excited about it, and it requires us to grow and learn.”
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