BS South blasts past Jefferson City
By Steve Bubalo PrepsKC Senior Writer
Playing against a Jefferson City offense that can score with big plays at any moment, it was the Blue Springs South offense that was striking with the big play Friday night, as they rolled to a 48-21 win in the second round of the Class 6 playoffs.
The Jaguars (11-0) had five plays of 40-plus yards - three going for touchdowns - as the rainy conditions didn’t seem to bother them too much.
“I was really impressed with the way we played and the way we were able to hang on to the ball,” South head coach Greg Oder said.
The story early on was the weather. On the first drive of the game, Jaguar quarterback Noah Nigro threw an interception on the Jefferson City 1-yard line to halt a drive.
But on the very next play, the Jays fumbled the snap and South would recover and score two plays later on an Adam Cofield run to make it 7-0.
“You’re worried about it,” Oder said of the rainy conditions. “You never practice with a wet ball and the kids can be conscious of it.”
After the two teams traded touchdowns - South’s set up by a 49-yard run from Jerome Hawkins, which Cofield was the benefactor of with a 9-yard score - the Jaguars got their second turnover, another fumble.
And once again they cashed in, as Hawkins had another big play, this time finding the end zone from 43 yards out for a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
Jumping out to a two-score lead in tough conditions was crucial for South.
“Coach is always harps on getting turnovers every week,” Cofield said. “That lead gives us the momentum to get to where we want to go.”
Jefferson City wouldn’t go quietly, though, as they struck first in the second half to cut into the lead at 21-13 after a bobbled snap on the extra point.
With the Jays snatching a little bit of momentum, that’s when South struck with its next big play of the and it might of been the biggest.
On just the fourth play of the drive, Cofield had an impressive run down the sideline, breaking tackles on his way to a 49-yard score and a 28-13 lead.
“Coach always talks about handling adversity,” said Cofield, who ran for 180 yards. “We just have to play the next play and get the job done.”
That play seemed to blow the doors off things for the Jaguars. After the defense forced a three-and-out, the offense struck on its first play of the next drive when Nigro found a wide open Jake Lamb for a 67-yard touchdown pass and a 35-13 lead.
The play was set up by a perfect pump fake on bubble screen out in the flat by Nigro that the Jefferson City defense bit on, leaving Lamb all alone.
“That’s pretty typical to have that play in off a bubble screen,” Oder said. “We hit it at the right time.”
A late-game skirmish between the teams tainted things a bit, but once that was over, South would score twice more on the ground - one from Hawkins, one from Kaylob Hutsell - as the offensive line seemed to wear down the Jays.
“Every game is won up front,” Cofield said. “We always tell them that it starts with them.”
Added Oder when asked about the holes for the running backs seemingly getting bigger as the game wore on, “I’m anxious to look at that on the film. Either the line started to figure it out or the running backs were hitting it the right way.”
Whatever the case, it was a dominating effort over the fourth-ranked Jays, but it doesn’t get any easier for the Jaguars.
A trip to second-ranked Francis Howell is next on the slate, as South hopes to stay undefeated.
“We have to take it week-by-week,” Cofield said. “We’ll celebrate this tonight and tomorrow we’ll focus on Francis Howell.”
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