Fifth down victory

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By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: August 22, 2015 - 7:20 AM

Though apparently not many people on field realized it, Blue Springs South’s football team was asked to stand tall for five downs during Park Hill’s last-gasp drive Friday night.

But just as they had with their backs pushed near the wall, the Jaguars held their ground, stopping the visiting Trojans on four plays starting from the 1-yard line to preserve a 14-7 season-opening win at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.

“They fought all night, and we used a lot of players,” South coach Greg Oder said. “A lot of kids had a part in this win.

“The kids are hungry. We’ve got good leadership, and they really want to do well. Not that the past few teams didn’t, but you can see how much with these kids.”

Oder’s Jaguars had forged a 14-0 lead with 10:14 left in the game, as Adam Cofield powered in for a 3-yard touchdown three snaps after Kaylob Hutsell broke off a 30-yard jaunt.

Park Hill responded with a big kickoff return and a 51-yard scoring drive aided by four South penalties. Dorian Clayton capped the drive with a 2-yard run with 7:47 left, and the Trojans twice forced the Jaguars to punt, the second time gaining possession at their 30 with 1:51 remaining.

Three Billy Maples completions and another Jags penalty produced a first-and-goal at the 7, and that’s where things got a little hairy.

A false start penalty on Park Hill pushed the ball back to the 12, but the chains were set up for a first-and-10 even though the play should have remained first-and-goal. When Kentrez Bell took a catch down to the 1, and Cofield stuffed Clayton for a yard loss on the next play, the Trojans called timeout with 25 seconds left and the down marker still showed 2.

South’s Micah Mayberry broke up a slant pass intended for Bell, the Jaguars sacked Maples on the next play, and after scrambling for one more snap Maples’ pass to the end zone sailed out of Clayton’s reach as time ran out.

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