BS South mauls Raytown
By Mike Genet The Examiner
Two plays into Friday’s football game, Raytown found itself in scoring position at Blue Springs South.
Then about everything that could go wrong for the visiting Blue Jays – and conversely about everything that could go right for Class No. 3 South – did throughout the first half.
“That’s kind of what we felt at halftime,” South coach Greg Oder said after his team’s 51-15 win, in which the unbeaten Jaguars needed less than 190 yards of offense to rack up a 51-0 halftime lead.
Smothering defense and some big special teams plays certainly aided that cause.
After an 80-yard trek in six plays on its first possession, the Jaguars (6-0) had scoring “drives” of 10, 28, 7 and 14 yards as part of their first-half rampage.
Twice, South scored on just one snap. Another touchdown came on an interception return, and the first of Jake Lamb’s two punt blocks went through the end zone for a safety.
With Raytown (2-4) committed to slowing the run game, South took to the air, and Noah Nigro clicked on 10 of 11 passes for 132 yards and four touchdowns. He also weaved his way for 33 yards on his lone carry, setting up the first score – a 12-yard strike to Rickey Nichols.
A 10-yard score to Briley Moore-McKinney came immediately after South forced a shanked punt that traveled just 1 yard, and when Nigro found D.J. Frost for a 23-yard TD, the score was 21-0 at the 3:44 mark.
“They had so many guys in the box, it was hard to run it in there,” Oder said. “It was just what they showed and just what was working.”
Raytown quickly advanced to South’s 23 to open the game, as Mike Baxter found Dionte Smith for 26 yards and then scrambled for 12 more. But Elijah Tauai’s sack on the next play quickly turned the tide, and Raytown soon punted for the first of seven times.
After Frost’s TD catch, Raytown fumbled away the kick return, and Adam Cofield ran 7 yards for a touchdown on the next snap. To start the second quarter, Nigro lofted a 40-yard beauty to Moore-McKinney for a touchdown on fourth-and-8.
“We’ve got a lot of tools,” Nigro said of the Jaguars’ offense. “They’re great guys that work really hard and work well together.”
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