Blue Springs edges rival South

By Bill Althaus The Examiner
Posted: September 6, 2014 - 12:00 AM

In a game that had all the makings of mismatched blowout, coach Greg Oder’s underdog Blue Springs South football team threw a scare into back-to-back Class 6 state champion Blue Springs.

But Terrance Sanders and Benjamin Hellon teamed up to give the Wildcats a special 31-21 victory over the Jaguars.

The 0-3 Jaguars used two second-half touchdowns on Adam Cofield runs to cut the deficit to 28-21 with 6:02 left at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium Friday night when Sanders returned a kickoff 50 yards – spending much of the return fighting to keep inbounds on the far sidelines. That gave the Wildcats a first down on the South 30 and zapped the Jaguars’ momentum.

When the Wildcat offense stalled, Hellon kicked the biggest field goal of his high school career, a 37-yarder that essentially proved to be a game winner as it soared over the goalpost with just 2:28 left in the game to put Blue Springs (2-1) back ahead by 10 points.

“Our special teams were pretty special tonight. We look at that as a game-winning field goal, because it was going to be real tough for Greg’s kids to come back and score 10 in the final two minutes,” Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe said. “We knew coming over here this was going to be a real game. Heck, we got our butt kicked in ’06 and ’08, and found ways to win in ’10 and ’12 (at South) and I’m proud of our guys.

“Greg is missing so many starters I don’t even want to mention it, but we were missing a couple of big players on our defensive line (Khalil Davis, leg injury; and Trevon Warmack, shoulder injury) and we lost Terrance and Cobi (Bissell) for about a quarter to cramps.

“We’re coming off that (35-21) loss at Fort Osage and our guys were as focused this week as they have been in a long time, and it’s a good thing they were because Greg’s kids were just outstanding tonight, and so were out special teams.”

Donohoe was especially impressed with sophomore quarterback Cale Connors, who engineered all three Jaguar touchdown drives and finished the night completing 10 of 25 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown.

“What a great game Cale Connors had,” Donohoe said. “He had that tough game last week (35-0 loss to Liberty North) and came in here tonight and played like a man.

“You could never tell he was a backup (to injured Noah Nigro) or a sophomore. I’m impressed with that young man. He’s going to give us fits over the next two years.”


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