Blue Springs South slips past Rockhurst

Brian Davidson/Special to PrepsKC

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: November 1, 2013 - 11:44 PM

In both matchups this season, the team that has found a way to take advantage of its opponents’ turnovers has won the game between Blue Springs South and Rockhurst.
On Friday, it was Blue Springs South’s turn as it defeated the Hawklets 11-8 in an opening round Missouri Class 6 playoff game at Dasta Memorial Stadium.
The victory wasn’t necessarily pretty for the Jaguars, as they struggled to get much going offensively with the exception of an 80-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kendall Blanton from Chris Swingle.
“I thought ‘We’ll take a 10-yard pass and keep driving,’ “ Swingle said. “Then he just kept going and no one caught him.”
Blanton out-jumped the defender and then the Missouri commit outran the defense on what was the final play of the first quarter, and the only point scored in the first half.
“The guy was on him and (Blanton) got behind him,” Rockhurst coach Tony Severino said. “The kid made a play, bottom line.”
While that was the only real offensive excitement, the Jaguars had a pair of big defensive plays as well.
The biggest of those defensive plays was made by Blue Springs South defensive back Brandin Dandridge who stepped in front of a Hawklet pass in the Blue Springs South end zone to prevent what likely would have been the tying score. In the third quarter, the Jaguar defense again stepped up, this time stopping the Rockhurst offense inside the 10 on a fourth-down conversion.
“They played their hearts out tonight, which they have to if they are going to beat Rockhurst,” Blue Springs South coach Greg Oder said of his defense. “I’m real pleased with their effort. We had a pick in the end zone, they fumble on fourth down, they helped us some, but overall I couldn’t help but be pleased with their effort. “
When the two teams met in Week 5, it was the Jaguars who gave the ball up often leaving Rockhurst with short fields. And though Blue Springs South never was able to get a short field off the turnovers, they were able to keep Rockhurst out of the endzone until the final 90 seconds of the game. Trailing 11-0, Rockhurst quarterback T.J. Green scrambled nine yards for a score then again ran it in for the two-point conversion.
Rockhurst tried an onside kick but it landed short of the required 10 yards, so with the Hawklets having no time outs, the Jaguars were able to kneel on the ball to run out the clock.
“Actually we moved the ball better against them this time than we did last time,” Severino said. “So it was just a matter of we made the mistakes and they didn’t. We told the kids all week that it was going to be one of those games that’s 10-7 or 14-10. We knew it was going to be a defensive game and it just came down to one play. “
Rockhurst ends its season 5-5 while Blue Springs South, 6-4, moves on to play undefeated Blue Springs in the sectional round.