BS South rolls Lee's Summit to finish unbeaten
By Matt Gerstner PrepsKC staff writer
Blue Springs South had a few things to be happy for Friday night. One was winning the Suburban Big Six Conference championship. Another was finishing the season undefeated. The most important perhaps?
That games are four quarters.
The Jaguars overcame an early 14-point deficit and rattled off 49 unanswered points on their way to a 49-21 win against Lee’s Summit. Quarterback Noah Nigro threw five touchdown passes, four to Briley Moore-McKinney, and running back Jerome Hawkins added two on the ground.
“I think we finally settled down,” Blue Springs South head coach Greg Oder said of the comeback. “I don’t know if we were trying to do too much or trying to do it all at once, but Lee’s Summit’s offense is good. They were doing some things that maybe we hadn’t seen, but once we got settled down it worked.”
Nigro echoed his coach’s sentiment on the Jags’ turnaround.
“Over time we just settled down and began clicking on what we wanted to do,” he said.
The Tigers began building their 14-point lead with a 57-yard quarterback keeper from Dalton Hill midway through the first. The Jags looked to answer driving deep into Lee’s Summit territory before Adam Cofield was stuffed on 4th and 1 at the 15. Salvatore Garrozzo made it a two-score game with a 1-yard run, capping off a five-play, 50 yard drive just as the second quarter began.
That’s when Nigro came alive.
The senior signal caller would find Ricky Nichols wide open down the middle for a 59-yard score to put the Jags on the board. Hawkins would knot the game up with a 1-yard punch in of his own. Cale Connors would pick off Hill on the ensuing Tiger drive before Nigro found Moore-McKinney for a 22-yard score and a seven-point lead going into the half.
Nigro continued his sharp performance in the third quarter, avoiding pressure and finding Moore-McKinney again on a 33-yard strike, giving him three touchdown passes and his team the 28-14 lead.
The Jags started to run away with it shortly after with a blocked punt and recovery at the Lee’s Summit 3-yard line. Hawkins took it in from there.
Running back Kalob Hutsell set up another South touchdown with two big runs late in the third quarter before Nigro found Moore-McKinney again with a late fade in the back of the endzone for their third hookup. And as if that wasn’t enough, they made it four in the fourth before the second-team offense and defense hit the field.
“You don’t even think about it when the game is going on,” Oder said of the tandem’s big game. “You just look for what’s open and what can be done, but it’s a pretty good way to win a conference championship.”
Nigro credited his line for his big game.
“The line was doing a good job of giving me plenty of time,” he said. “It worked for us a lot, especially against a tough defensive line from Lee’s Summit.”
Lee’s Summit would notch a touchdown late in the game on Grant Baird’s 1-yard touchdown run to give the game its final score, but the Jags had already wrapped up their conference championship.
“It’s just great. Our seniors have really gone through a lot since they’ve been in high school with injuries and not being able to play healthy and things not really going our way the last couple years. So it’s really exciting to go 9-0 and win a conference championship their last year,” Oder said.
Now the Jags head into the playoffs with at least a top two seed in a district with a lot of talent.
“I don’t know if that was our best game, but the kids are excited right now,” Oder said. “One season is over and another one begins. If you lose you’re done, so there’s a lot more riding on each game.”
For Nigro and his teammates, it’s doing what got them here in the first place.
“We’ll just see how far it goes,” he said. “We’ll just keep doing what we’ve been doing and keep preparing the way we have been. We’re just going to do everything in our ability.”
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