Offensive explosion

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By Bill Althaus The Examiner
Posted: August 16, 2014 - 4:47 AM



Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe liked what he saw on the field at Friday night’s jamboree at Peve Stadium – even when his defense was getting a bit roughed up by an upstart Liberty North squad.
 
North scored three touchdowns – on runs of 40 and 20 yards and a 40-yard touchdown pass. But after those scoring strikes, the Wildcats buckled down and Raytown South and Lee’s Summit West didn’t come close to the end zone.
 
That’s what Donohoe hoped to see from a team that has won back-to-back Class 6 state championships.
 
“That’s good, that shows our guys what they need to work on,” Donohoe said, when asked about his team's defense. “I wanted to see how the guys would respond after that, and they didn’t give up another big play.
 
“That's going to help us in the long run.”
 
So is a five-touchdown night by quarterback Ian Brown, who ran the offense during last year's second-consecutive state championship run.
 
“I told you, I told anyone who would listen, we’re going to be fine at wide receiver,” Donohoe said after newcomers Terrance Sanders (3) and Tamarick Quinney (1) combined for four scores and running back Cobi Bissell, who was a backup last season to two-time Simone Award winner Dalvin Warmack, hauled in the fifth.
 
“Ian is so good, so smart. We weren’t going to show much tonight – pretty much run a vanilla offense – but he sure found an open receiver when the kids were open. He did a great, great job tonight.”