BS South rolls into Class 6 semifinals
By Dave Kvidahl Special to The Examiner
Adam Cofield's jersey was tattered. There were rips and tears along the shoulder pads. His helmet was dinged.
But his smile couldn't have been wider.
A senior running back for the Blue Springs South football team, Cofield was feeling no pain after a hard-hitting and hard-fought 46-28 Class 6 District 3 championship win Friday night at Francis Howell.
"They're a hard hitting team. We knew we had to come and hit them. They were going to hit us back," Cofield said. "We had to put our nose in it and get the win."
The No. 2 seed in the district and No. 3 team in the Missouri media rankings, Blue Springs South (12-0) advanced to the state semifinals where it will meet Kirkwood or Eureka at a time and place to be determined.
The top seed and No. 2 team in Class 6, Francis Howell ended its season at 10-1.
Blue Springs South motored across the state for the game it wanted. Francis Howell hammered the Jaguars 41-7 on Halloween last year in the district semifinal. That defeat stuck with Blue Springs South all offseason.
“Since last year we've been looking at this game. We've wanted it,” Cofield said. “We just used last year as motivation to try and get a win.”
The Jaguars didn't just get the win, they dominated a Francis Howell team that hadn't been beaten like this in more than two seasons. Blue Springs South led 21-7 at halftime. It was the first time this season the Vikings went into the locker room on the wrong side of the scoreboard. It was the first time the Vikings trailed by more than a touchdown in a game and only the third time they trailed all season.
Howell's opponents averaged fewer than 10 points per game. Blue Springs South had 14 with 2 minutes, 38 seconds to play in the first half when junior running back Jerome Hawkins scored.
“They're a very physical football team,” Francis Howell coach Bryan Koch said. “They did some really nice things that exposed some holes we had.”
Those holes came primarily courtesy of the massive offensive front the Jaguars used to clear running lanes. Cofield, senior quarterback Noah Nigro and senior running back Kaylob Hutsell routinely gashed the Howell defense for chunks of yards.
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