BS South shuts out Ray-Pec to stay perfect
By Bill Althaus The Examiner
Blue Springs South football faithful might have gotten a hint as to what type of night it was going to be when their Jaguars were flagged before the start of the game because the Jaguar Pride marching band was not off the Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium turf before the 3-minute mark of the opening kickoff.
Despite the teams’ combined total of 32 penalties for 298 yards, coach Greg Oder's 4-0 South squad maintained its composure, put points on the board and blanked Raymore-Peculiar 28-0 in a Suburban Big Six contest that featured the considerable talent of South's Adam Cofield.
The senior running back/linebacker scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards and added a sack and fumble recovery for a Jaguar defense that held the Panthers to minus-13 yards rushing on 27 carries and 88 yards through the air.
“We just believe in ourselves and play hard on every down,” said Cofield, who leads a South defense that has no big-name players, just big-time talent.
“Last week we beat Blue Springs (27-24), our big rival, and next week we go over to play Rockhurst, another big rival. But tonight, all we were thinking about was what we had to do to defeat Raymore-Peculiar. Our coaches had a great game plan for us, and we worked as hard at practice as we did tonight. This was a good win. We have to clean up the penalties, but other than that, we played well tonight.”
South was flagged 16 times for 164 yards, while the 1-3 Panthers were penalized 16 times for 134 yards.
“I'm not going to get into the officiating,” Oder said, “but we have to cut down on our penalties. We came into tonight committing nine a game, and tonight we get 16. But like I told the guys, you just play the next play – you play through it. And I thought our guys did a nice job of that.”
For most of the first half, it appeared a field goal and safety might be all the points the Jaguars would score as Jake Roark connected from 27 yards out to make it 3-0 at 9:13 of the second quarter. Panthers quarterback Kory Linaweaver was then called for grounding from the end zone, and that resulted in a safety and the 5-0 score.
But with 2:14 left in the first half, Cofield and Noah Nigro hooked up on an 11-yard pass play to give the Jaguars first down at the 24. Rickey Nichols then took a screen pass all the way to make it a 12-0 advantage.
After a quick three-and-out by the Panthers, Cofield scored on a 10-yard run to make it a 19-0 game at halftime.
“Adam did a great job running and the line did a great job blocking,” said Nigro, who was 10 of 20 passing for 177 yards and one score. “We have to cut down on our penalties. Like our coaches told us at the half, play though the penalties, go on to the next play and don't let the penalty affect you, and I think we did a good job of that. But if we don't make them, it makes the game a lot easier and a lot shorter.”
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