Another step taken

Debbie Squires/PrepsKC

By Brian Spano PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 7, 2016 - 10:02 PM

If there's anything typical about a Blue Springs-Blue Springs South football game, it's that it's usually atypical. Take Friday night's edition for example.

There was high drama for much of the first three quarters, a little bit of pushing and shoving and great defensive plays. So far nothing unusual here and everything a rivalry should be, but this game turned on a dime after two key defensive plays midway through the third quarter and propelled the Wildcats (7-1) to a 31-17 victory over the Jaguars. It also gave them the outright title of the Suburban Gold Conference with a 5-0 record.

"We knew this was going to be a tough ballgame tonight," said Blue Springs head coach Kelly Donohoe. "We thought we had a really good first half of football, but we couldn't get the ball back in the second half. When we did, we just didn't do a good job of doing much with it."

While the game probably went according to script through three quarters, the excitement really began in the fourth quarter.

Blue Springs quarterback Chase Donohoe went out after getting sacked with a rolled ankle and a bit of a leg cramp and had to give way to backup Tim Berg with a little more than eight minutes to play in the game. On the ensuing play, deep in their own territory, Berg fumbled the snap, and the Jaguars recovered the ball at the Wildcats 13-yard line, trailing just 17-10.

Jaguars quarterback Camden Sprouse ran the ball a few times to get it close to the end zone, but on the sixth play from scrimmage, he dropped back to pass, looking for an open receiver on a slant pattern. In the blink of an eye, defensive back Jackson Blauw stepped up at the one-yard line, snagged the ball from the air and saw nothing but green in front of him. Ninety-nine yards later, the Wildcats let 24-10.

"I read the quarterback, he threw it right to me and it was off to the races," Blauw said of the pick six. "They couldn't catch me. Touchdown."

Just 20 seconds the Wildcats defense did it again. This time, Stephen Benson intercepted Sprouse for a 35-yard score to but a dagger into the heard of the Jaguars and increase the lead to 31-10.

"It's all about our defense in the second half," Blue Springs head coach Kelly Donohoe said. "That's what the whole storyline was. The nice thing was we had two seniors making those plays Jackson (Blauw) and Stephen (Benson). I couldn't be happier. The defense really picked us up and saved us in the second half because they had a lot of momentum in the second half, and we just switched that momentum on that play."

Blue Springs South was going to rollover however. Backup quarterback Brody Parker came in and led the Jaguars (4-4, 2-3) to a score on a two-yard run with 5:02 to play in the game. South even had the ball back with 4:36, driving the ball inside the Wildcats 10-yard line, but came up short when they fumbled.

"I was really proud of our kids because they continued to fight the entire time," Jaguars head coach Jon Oyler said of his team's effort. "They gave everything that they had out there, and that's what we ask of them. It's not always going to go how you want it to go, we can wish it, we can hope it, and we can work to try to get it, but whenever stuff goes wrong, we have to be able to respond and keep getting up and keep fighting. They did that."