Wildcats make early statement

Debbie Squires/PrepsKC

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: August 25, 2017 - 11:36 PM

If you were looking for a guide on how to win a road game in a rowdy atmosphere against a team with a potent offense, look no further than the Blue Springs Wildcats.

On the second play from scrimmage, Blue Springs linebacker Drake Foreman picked off a pass returning it 17 yards to the Lee’s Summit West 2.

A play later Michael Warmack scored a touchdown, followed by Cade Musser scoring on a two-point conversion.

That would be all the Wildcats needed as they defeated Lee’s Summit West 19-6.

“It boosted our confidence,” said Blue Springs defensive lineman Daniel Parker. “We came on to a great team’s home field and we came with the fire. We started off strong.

The defense would show their toughness on the following drive as well, stopping the Titans less than a yard from the end zone, stymieing a 16-play drive that could have provided a game-tying score. Perhaps just as important, it sent what momentum was left on the Lee’s Summit West sideline firmly to the Wildcats.

“Against those kinds of playmakers, to hold them to six points is special,” Blue Springs head coach Kelly Donohoe said. “Those two plays (the interception and the goal line stand) were the plays of the game.”

For Parker and the rest of the defense, the main goal was slowing Titan running back Phillip Brooks. In the season opener, Brooks exploded for over 400 yards of total offense. The Wildcat defense was able to contain him, allowing just 66 total yards on Friday.

“Keep him from running outside,” Parker said. “He’s a quick little guy. He’s hard to contain inside. I’ll be shocked if anyone can slow him down the rest of the year.”

After jumping out to an early 8-0 lead, the Wildcats found the end zone again in the second quarter when Musser took a halfback toss and hit Matt Marzolf for a touchdown.

“Maybe the ugliest pass I’ve ever seen,” Donohoe joked after the game.
Musser added another two point conversion to make it 16-0 at the half.

The Titans pulled within 10 points in the third quarter when Ben Kobel found Cade Clemons for a 20-yard touchdown.