BS South rallies to top Staley

By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: September 20, 2013 - 10:56 PM

It didn’t have the immediate desperation of the previous week, when Blue Springs South pulled out a double-overtime win with a 25-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-10.

But make no mistake, Friday’s game at Stewart Memorial Stadium had an air of improbability wafting about before the Jaguars rallied visiting Staley and ultimately hung on for a 23-20 win.

South, which improved to 3-1 with the suburban non-league, entered the fourth quarter staring at a 13-3 deficit after Staley’s Jordan Robben got around left end on a slick quarterback keeper and sped 51 yards for a touchdown to finish the third. Faizol Bouchard’s extra point was blocked, leaving the margin at 10 points.

At that point, the Jaguar offense had struggled to achieve so much as a first down – just five of those compared to seven punts. In the first half they suffered five sacks and totaled just 25 yards of offense.

But starting from its own 13, South switched to a hurry-up mode and began to click. Colton Pogue completed five passes for first downs – the first two to Brandin Dandridge followed by Briley Moore-McKinney, Kendall Blanton and D.J. Brownlee – and three backs carried the ball on a 12-play drive capped by Emery Ester’s 4-yard burst with 8:06 remaining.

South coach Greg Oder wasn’t sure if the offensive shift fully accounted for his team’s reversal in fortune, but certainly was the starting point.

“It felt like the hurry-up sparked us and gave the kids a little more energy,” he said. “I don’t know if that had anything to do with it, but that’s when it happened.

Next, a defense that save for two plays was stout all night produced a three-and-out, and the Jaguars took over at their own 44. Four plays later Pogue scrambled up the middle, bounced left and picked up a block on his way to a 45-yard go-ahead touchdown with 4:59 left. Pogue added the first of two PAT kicks to make it 16-13.