Kickapoo ends Blue Springs late season run
By Karen Bliss Special to The Examiner
After some offensive follies from Blue Springs, the Wildcats ended the season with a fall to the No. 1 district seed Springfield Kickapoo, 45-31.
Even though a late-season winning streak shot the Wildcats through to the Class 6 District 4 championship in Friday in Springfield, Blue Springs knew they would have to pull out all the stops for a win. After all, Kickapoo is an undefeated team.
“I’m really disappointed in the mistakes we made that led their points in the first half, “ coach Kelly Donohoe said. “In the second half we gave them a touchdown on a pick-six. We just can’t make those kind of mistakes against a really good team. That’s what we did tonight, which means they’re going on and we’re going home.”
The first half was a back-and-forth dogfight as Kickapoo gained plenty of touchdowns with the help of the Chief’s powerhouse junior, Chris Lawson. But, Blue Springs was there to push right back.
After a touchdown by Wildcat Jaylen Ivey on a 28-yard run in the first, Kickapoo barely took a lead with a touchdown and a hurried field goal, 10-7.
Tyree King pulled out a play in the second, bewildering Kickapoo, with a 55-yard run in a zig-zag formation to steer clear of the Chief’s defense, 14-10.
Kickapoo came back to fly past the Wildcats before the half with a 15-yard touchdown, 24-14.
The second half was a grueling battle for both teams vying for the championship title. The Wildcats were able to push forward TDs from sophomores Caleb Marquez, Chase Donohoe and Michael Warmack, but it just wasn’t tough enough to hold of Kickapoo’s fast plays.
Blue Springs continued its lead decline with 38-24 in the third, and Warmack’s touchdown which came just a little too late for a turnaround, and a final of 45-31.
Donohoe said all in all, he was pleased with the team’s fight towards the end of the season.
“I’m proud of our guys and they way they fought back this year, and made this an exciting run at the end,” he said.
After starting out 4-0 at the top of the season, the Wildcats came back in districts, knocking off both Joplin and Raymore-Peculiar.
Jaylen Ivey, the sophomore running back who cleared 142-yards during the night, said he can see where the team faltered, himself included.
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