The defense rests

Debbie Squires/PrepsKC

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 6, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Time and time again on Friday night, the Blue Springs defense was called up on to pick up their offense.

And time and time again, the Wildcat defense answered.

Buoyed by a forced fumble deep in their own territory and an interception that thwarted any comeback hopes, Blue Springs stopped rival Blue Springs South, 20-3.

“The highlight was our defense,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said. They are playing at such a tremendous level. They are playing hungry and mean and fast. We stuttered offensively all night but they picked us up.”

On both sides, the defenses proved to be the stars.

The Jaguars held Blue Springs to their third lowest scoring night of the year.

Where Blue Spring South faltered however was their ability to stop the big plays.

The Wildcats found nearly all their success in the game on big plays.

None perhaps was bigger than the 32-yard touchdown run by Chase Donohoe midway through the first quarter. The Blue Springs quarterback eluded a blitz on fourth-and-seven and beat the defender to the corner before racing in for what ultimately was the game-winning touchdown.

The Wildcat offense would pick up another big play early in the third quarter. Leading 7-3 but buried deep in their own territory, Blue Springs dialed up a double pass.

On the trick play, Chase Donohoe quickly got the pass to Caleb Marquez who delivered a beautiful pass over the top of the Jaguar defense. He found Tre Wheaton for a 64-yard pass. Chase Donohoe then connected with Matt Marzolf on the first of two touchdowns teamed up on.

“First three games they score on zip passes,” Blue Springs South coach Jon Oyler said. “It’s something we talked about all week and it was a perfect pass. It was a perfect play at the time it needed to be ran. Tip the hats to them for executing in those moments.”

The game likely could be a precursor to a rematch in district play.

As the two teams head into the final week of the season, the Wildcats main focus seems to be on reviving their offense in hopes of making another run toward the state championship game.

“I think one series we took about 8 seconds off the clock,” Donohoe said of his offensive struggles. “But I’m proud of the tenacity of (the defense). It doesn’t matter what the situation is, an offense may have 99 yards or five yards to go and our defense believes they aren’t going to score. That’s what championship teams do. We have to keep working to improve offensively and we’ll get there. Sometimes you have games where one side carries you and the defense really carried us.”