BS South earns solid win over Olathe North
By Ryan Wallace PrepsKC staff writer
For the dedicated few who made the uncommon 40-mile journey across state lines from Blue Springs South to the Olathe District Activities Center on Thursday night, the Suburban representative Jaguars made the trek worthwhile, putting on a masterful showing against Olathe North by winning one for the Show-Me State, 34-7.
Out of the gate, Olathe North sure didn’t appear like a group that would allow the game to be as one sided as it slowly became. A week after creeping past rival Olathe South, the Eagles defense stuffed Blue Springs South’s opening possession and handed the ball off to an eager offense.
Behind a steady double dose of the versatile Deion Poindexter and bruising Jonya Boyd, Olathe North’s option attack cut through a wide-eyed Jaguars defense.
“We knew we could move the ball on them,” said Olathe North head coach Chris McCartney of the game’s opening drive. “It was just a matter of us executing.”
Meticulously churning 50-yards downfield, Olathe North wound up at the one-yard line with the home crowd prepared to erupt less than two minutes away from the start of the second-quarter.
Then, that very execution McCartney described came unhinged.
Pushed forward by vocal defensive tackles Malik Cadenhead and Isaiah Jackson, South’s front stuffed the ensuing rush, pumping life into head coach Jon Oyler’s squad.
“That’s a big stop right there,” Oyler said after the contest. “Probably the first time this year we’ve had a stop like that when we’ve needed one. If they get the lead, they’re a tough team to get off the field, so to see our guys step up on the goal line and come back out with a ton of intensity was a really good thing.”
Picking up where his defense left off, literally and figuratively, senior quarterback Camden Sprouse located a streaking DJ Frost down the sideline to connect on a massive 95-yard touchdown three plays later and the rest is history.
Before half, the Jaguars turned the focus to speedy senior Jerome Hawkins, who twice blazed the attack in range for Kansas State specialist commitment Jake Roark to nail a pair of field goals and put the visitors up 13-0 at half. In the case of Hawkins, the coming out party was both expected and unexpected, depending on who you talk to.
“Honestly, I came into the game plan not playing a lot because (coaches) wanted to ease me back in,” says the 5-foot-8, 180-pounder, who emerged as the sparkplug for Blue Spring South’s offense on the night. “I just want to thank my line and my quarterback for getting the ball in my hands and giving me those key blocks. I couldn’t do without them.”
“He’s a nice guy to have back,” said a smiling Oyler, who had been without Hawkins since the first week while the offensive weapon nursed a hamstring injury. “Jerome is such an explosive athlete and I just knew it was a matter of time until he felt healthy and got going again.”
“He brings so much energy to the team and has so much speed. He’s fun to watch and I’m happy for him to finally get the opportunity his senior year to show what he can do.”
After a Sprouse rushing touchdown from the three-yard line capped off the third quarter on yet another draining drive in Blue Springs South’s favor, it would be Hawkins who provided the game’s final highlight. Adding to a 20-0 lead halfway through the fourth quarter, Hawkins adjusted in mid-air to a haul in a wind-caught Sprouse pass, spinning away from a defender on his decent back to the turf before racing down the Olathe North sideline for a fifty-yard touchdown.
“You look at the score and we gave up some big plays, but with young kids that’s going to happen,” admitted McCartney, whose youthful group did get to cheer on backup sophomore quarterback Mason Myers ‘ 54-yard scoring scamper before things came to a close. “We play our best all the time and we have guys playing both ways. That’s what we’ve always done and it’s helped us, but sometimes it catches up with you because we’re thin right now.”
“It’s tough because we’ve worked so hard,” continued the Eagles’ leader. “We have a small senior class, so we have a lot of sophomores stepping in. That game experience- you just can’t match it. We’re getting better though and we’re learning how to play the game.”
North now turns from one powerful opponent to a more familiar Sunflower League power, Shawnee Mission East. It’s a game McCartney knows his now 1-2 Eagles will be up for.
“(Blue Springs South), we had no clue who they were and they didn’t know who we were. It was just a game that supposedly had some big names in it I guess but, Shawnee Mission East, they’ve kind of become a rival the last few years, so that will re-stoke (energy) a little bit.”
For Oyler’s continuously excelling Jaguars, arguably the most dangerous 3-2 team you’ll find in the Metro, Thursday’s victory is another result to hang the helmet on before the winning streak preparation continues.
“Olathe North is such a tough team,” finished Oyler. “We have some bodies that are going to be banged up so it’ll be nice to get away for a couple days because our schedule doesn’t get any easier. Ray-Pec is next week and they’re a physical group too, so we’ll have to bring it.”
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