BS South outlasts LS North
By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Blue Springs South channeled its respect for Lee’s Summit North’s offense into making plays against it.
The Jaguars picked off the Broncos five times and held North to 176 yards of total offense during Friday night’s 13-7 homecoming and Suburban Big Six victory.
“Any time you have five picks, your guys are doing something right back there,” South coach Greg Oder said.
Landon Heriford’s two first-quarter picks set the tone defensively for South. Cameron Miller’s interception on North’s last possession helped the Jaguars (3-5 overall, 2-2 league) ice it.
“We knew that they had playmakers that could be dangerous,” said Heriford, a senior defensive back. “But we just worked hard and everyone as a team just focused on doing what we had to do to stop their offense. And we did the best we could.”
Heriford’s second pick, coupled with a return of about 30 yards, set up South’s first scoring drive. Adam Cofield’s 24-yard TD run and Bryce Stone’s extra-point kick with 11:50 left in the second quarter capped the four-play, 39-yard march.
A 26-yard run by Cofield on first-and-10 from South’s 22-yard line set up the Jaguars’ final score – a 48-yard TD pass from Noah Nigro to Keeyon Incle with 36.9 seconds left in the first half. The makeshift two-point conversion run following a botched snap on the extra-point try was no good.
The Broncos used a blocked punt to set up their lone scoring drive. Chase Overton’s 4-yard TD run with 8:36 left in the fourth quarter capped the six-play, 27-yard possession.
Taking possession following a short punt on their own 35 with 1:48 remaining, the Broncos (1-7, 0-4) tried a last-gasp effort to win it. But with North facing fourth-and-4 from its 42, Miller picked off Nathan Webb. Nigro then kneeled twice to run out the clock.
When asked if turnovers have been North’s Achilles’ heel this season, Broncos coach Ty Kohl replied, “No, our offense has been the Achilles’ (heel).”
“We’re just not executing on offense, and that’s the difference in the game,” Kohl said.
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