Blue Springs moves past Jefferson City
By Michael Smith The Examiner
The final score of Blue Springs’ Class 6 District 3 semifinal game against Jefferson City was indicative of the way the Wildcats handled the No. 4 seed.
Blue Springs came in with plenty of injuries as three running backs were down and so was quarterback Chase Donohoe, who suffered a season-ending broken foot in Week 8 against Blue Springs South.
Even with so many skill position players banged up, the Wildcats had a 31-point lead early in the fourth, which gave them more than enough cushion to survive some late scores from the Jays during a 56-46 triumph Friday at Peve Stadium.
Blue Springs will take on Francis Howell, a 24-14 winner over Fort Zumwalt West, at 7 p.m. next Friday at home in the district final, which also doubles as a state quarterfinal.
“We began to pull our starters and they got some quick scores,” Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe said. “Some people might look at the score and say, ‘Wow! What a game!’ But it you know, it wasn’t really indicative of what really went on.”
No. 2 running back Michael Warmack and his offensive line were primary reasons that Blue Springs was able to get by with just one healthy running back. He scored on runs of 12, 4, 6 and 54, with the latter serving as the backbreaker for Jefferson City in the fourth as Blue Springs opened up a 56-32 lead with 6:42 remaining after his offensive line opened up a huge hole in the middle.
“My line does a good job blocking, so I don’t take very many hits,” a smiling Warmack said when asked how he felt taking on a heavy workload.
Although No. 1 running back Jaylen Ivey was cleared to play against the Jays following an ankle injury he suffered three weeks ago, Donohoe made the decision to keep his talented ball carrier fresh for the looming game against Vikings.
“We could have played Jaylen, but we didn’t want to play Jaylen,” Donohoe said. “We wanted to save him for next week. We wanted to make sure he’s 100 percent and he will be next week.”
Warmack didn’t disappoint Donohoe in his decision as he gashed the Jefferson City defense for 232 yards on 27 carries.
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