Blue Springs South hammers Troy Buchanan
By Mike Genet The Examiner
With crisp play from the get-go, Blue Springs South’s football team looked every bit of a top-seeded team in the first round of the Class 6 District 3 playoffs, even considering that visiting Troy Buchanan clearly was overmatched.
The Jaguars’ first eight possessions ended in the end zone, and they yielded just 120 yards as they rolled to a 56-0 win over the Trojans at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.
South (10-0) will host Jefferson City, a 31-14 winner over Columbia Rock Bridge, next week.
“The kids prepared hard and played focused,” South coach Greg Oder said. “The fact they were ready to play. It’s a tough game in that you don’t want the kids to overlook the game and take things for granted, and looked like they didn’t.”
After South pinned Troy Buchanan (1-9) at its own 2 with the opening kickoff and took over at the Trojans 28 following a punt, Noah Nigro’s 2-yard keeper on the third snap started the rout less than three minutes in.
Adam Cofield scooted 19 yards for a score and Nigro hit Briley Moore-McKinney in stride for a 39-yard TD before the first quarter ended.
Star running back Cofield finished with 72 yards on just seven first-quarter carries, and Kaylob Hutsell took his first carry 32 yards for a touchdown early in the second.
Rickey Nichols then returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown, running back to pick up the bouncing ball from Brenton Giannakis’ long line drive punt before slicing through defenders without much impediment.
Jerome Hawkins added a 4-yard touchdown run with 3:13 left for a 42-0 halftime lead, Hutsell took an option pitch 13 yards for a score and Hayden Wallace powered 50 yards for the final score with 2:26 left in the third.
Nigro completed 3 of 4 passes for 76 yards, and the Jaguars totaled 262 yards on the ground. The Jags blocked a pair of punts, Collin West had a pair of tackles for loss, and Will Hughes snared an interception in the second half.
Thomas Larson carried 15 times for 29 yards to lead Troy Buchanan, and Kyle Emerson had 50 carries on four tries.
Besides his team’s efficiency and domination on both ends, Oder also was happy to get plenty of reserves into the game.
“It’s nice anytime you get a chance to play guys that work hard in practice,” Oder said. “They deserve a chance to play.
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