Ray-Pec stuns Blue Springs
By Michael Smith The Examiner
When it didn’t overwhelm opponents the past two seasons, Blue Springs’ football team still could quell an opponents’ momentum and create a majority of breaks in its favor.
This season has been a bit different for the Wildcats, and visiting Raymore-Peculiar provided a prime example Friday night at Peve Stadium, as the Panthers seized the momentum for good in the second quarter and never gave it up to record a 31-13 Suburban Big Six victory, their first win over the Wildcats in the program’s history.
A wayward shotgun snap all but handed the Panthers (5-2, 2-1 Suburban Big Six) their first touchdown by Isaiah Truss, and Ray-Pec got two giant kickoff returns from Truss to set up TDs for himself. Blue Springs (4-3, 2-1) also was stopped on downs to start the third quarter and lost two interceptions as it tried to rally in the second half.
“That just hasn’t happened very much this year,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said of the breaks going his team’s way. “But you’ve got to give Ray-Pec credit; they made big plays. We thought we had the right kids there (on special teams), but they did a better job than us there.”
The fumbled snap, which came on Blue Springs’ sixth snap of the game from its 33, gave Ray-Pec the ball at the 4, and Truss (16 carries, 107 yards) scored on the next play.
The Wildcats responded emphatically, an 18-play, 80-yard drive that picked up six first downs and took more than nine minutes. Cobi Bissell provided the points with an 11-yard jaunt 10 seconds into the second quarter.
But Truss took the ensuing kickoff and zig-zagged his way 83 yards to the Blue Springs 16, then scored five plays later from 2 yards out. After a Wildcat punt, Truss broke off a 38-yard to set up a 32-yard Dallas Hille field goal that produced a 17-7 halftime lead.
“We were hoping eventually, if I stayed long enough, that we could beat Blue Springs,” veteran Ray-Pec coach Tom Kruse said. “We played so good in every phase.
“I can’t say enough good things about the defense, our special teams gave us great field position, and offensively we made plays when we had to.”
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