BS South edges Ray-Pec in 2 OTs
By Mike Genet The Examiner
Briley Moore-McKinney will have a hard time matching the thrill of his first career varsity game. And any further victories Blue Springs South’s football team might achieve this season will have an equally hard time matching the drama contained in Friday’s victory.
With South staring defeat in the eyes at Raymore-Peculiar, facing fourth-and-10 from the 25 in the second overtime, Moore-McKinney hauled in a touchdown pass from Colton Pogue to give the Jaguars a 27-24 win in their Suburban Big Six opener.
South (2-1 overall) had stuffed Ray-Pec to start the second overtime, but James Sappington booted a 42-yard field goal to give the Panthers a 24-21 lead. An Emery Ester run for no gain and two incompletions by Pogue had Ray-Pec (1-2, 0-2 Big Six) on the verge of victory, but Moore-McKinney got inside his man toward the middle and laid out to snare Pogue’s pass to fit neatly between two defenders.
“It was a post [pattern]; that’s where we were trying to get it to,” South coach Greg Oder said.
Moore-McKinney, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound sophomore, was playing his first game this season due to injuries, and in his mind he was simply the last cog of Friday’s dramatics.
“The line was giving time for the quarterback to make the throw, and the quarterback put it right where it needed to be,” he said.
South nearly avoided overtime, but Pogue’s 32-yard field goal try with 11 seconds in the fourth quarter drifted off to the left after the Jaguars moved from their own 20 in seven plays.
South had stopped Ray-Pec on downs earlier in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers pieced together a 12-play, 75-yard drive to tie it with 1:16 left, as a counter play busted Isaiah Truss loose for a 14-yard score.
Ester, who logged 21 carries for 96 yards, powered his way to a 12-yard touchdown three plays into overtime to give the Jaguars the edge. But on third down Truss broke free on another counter play for an 18-yard score, and after an injury timeout Dallas Hille’s PAT kick forced the second overtime.
“I don’t think either team wanted to lose tonight,” Oder said. “I’m proud of my kids for hanging in there.”
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