Blue Springs tops Joplin

By The Examiner staff
Posted: October 24, 2015 - 12:51 AM

Blue Springs knocked off a No. 2 seed and kept its season alive.

Tresten Spruell ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 24-20 win over host Joplin in Class 6 District 4 first-round action Friday night.

All of the scoring came in the first half as the Wildcats (5-5) held on in the final two quarters to advance to next week’s second-round matchup at Raymore-Peculiar, a 24-21 winner over Rockhurst.

Spruell scored on a 24-yard run in the first quarter before Joplin tied it 7-7.

Caleb Marquez caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Chase Donohoe early in the second quarter to put the Wildcats back ahead.

After Joplin tied it again, Spruell scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run.

Joplin answered with a touchdown but missed the extra point to preserve a 21-20 lead for Blue Springs.

Tristin Williams, who was perfect on all three extra-point attempts, drilled a 40-yard field goal late in the first half to give the Wildcats a cushion.

The Wildcats held Joplin to 89 yards rushing and 206 passing, and the defense recorded three sacks.