Blue Springs rolls past St. Joe Central
By Bill Althaus The Examiner
X marks the spot for a Blue Springs High School season-opening victory – as in Darrius “The X-Factor” Shepherd.
The return man/wide receiver made a 20-yard circus catch over his shoulder in the far corner of the end zone and returned his second punt of the season for a 70-yard touchdown to lead the defending Class 6 state champion Wildcats to a mercy-clock 41-6 victory over St. Joseph Central Friday night at Peve Stadium.
Shepherd wasn't the only Wildcat player to enjoy a big night.
Reigning Simone Award winner and Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year Dalvin Warmack had 14 carries for 172 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run, and he grabbed a short shovel pass from Ian Brown and turned it into a jaw-dropping 84-yard score where he skipped, danced past and dodged more than half of the Indians defense.
The Wildcats defense, which allowed just 168 yards of total offense (the lone Central score came on a 72-yard interception return by Kyle Fox), was led by reigning Buck Buchanan Award winner Elijah Hill, who had 1 1/2 sacks on the night.
Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe played all reserves in the fourth period.
Two big question marks were answered as the Wildcats offensive line, which returned Jordan Benson as the lone starter, did a nice job opening holes for Warmack and protecting Brown, who did not suffer a sack.
And Brown, the first-year Wildcat who played at Rockhurst High School last year, was 10 of 16 passing for 168 yards and two scores with the one interception.
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