Last week, the Blue Springs South football team got punched in the mouth in a 42-0 loss to Rockhurst.
Friday Raytown scored on its second drive of the game after a pair of empty Jaguar possessions. South needed to respond in the worst way.
Enter Noah Nigro.
The junior entered the game for Cale Connors and had a total of two drives to his name in the first five games of the 2014 season. Connors had gone down with an injured hand, and Nigro ignited his offense with a four-touchdown performance, leading to a 30-7 win over the Blue Jays at Ted Chittwood Stadium in Raytown.
“Ever since the jamboree, we have been dealing with adversity,” said Nigro, who was the starting quarterback himself before going down with his own injury. “Cale went down and I knew I needed to step up. I felt like I was ready. I trust my team. I couldn’t have done it without them.
“From the beginning we knew what we could do. I know our record doesn’t show it (2-4), but we’re confident in ourselves. We just got to keep doing what we can do.”
Nigro completed his first eight passes of the game and ended up completing 10 of 16 pass attempts for 224 yards and also threw for a trio of scores.
The Jaguars needed the boost after failing to score on two drives, one of which started at their own 48 and the other on the Raytown 7 following a Nick Blair interception.
On Nigro’s second possession, he helped orchestrate a 79-yard drive capped by his 1-yard sneak to tie the game at 7-7. Nigro got the Jaguars to the Blue Jay 2 on the next drive, highlighted by his 34-yard run where he escaped a couple of would-be tacklers. On the next play, the snap was muffed and recovered by Raytown.
That would be Nigro’s only hiccup of the game. With 1:52 left in the first half, he found Keeyon Incle, who had 129 yards of total offense coming in and finished with 152 in the game, near the right sideline and the senior broke a pair of tackles and raced 34 yards to the end zone to put the Jaguars ahead 13-7.
“Our line blocked outstanding,” Incle said. “They helped me get out into the open field, and I was able to break a few tackles. We’re all in one system and it comes together pretty well.”