Blue Springs tops Blue Springs South

Debbie Squires/PrepsKC

By Steve Bubalo PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: November 4, 2017 - 1:17 AM

A lot of times playoff football can come down to a battle of the trenches, and in Missouri Class 6, not many teams can go toe-to-toe with Blue Springs. The big boys up front were dominant for the Wildcats Friday night in a 35-17 win over crosstown rival Blue Springs South, as they paved the way for a strong run game and were disruptive on defense.

The offense set the tone from the start, drive 80 yards in eight plays to begin the game with Tre Wheaton capping the drive with a 20-yard touchdown run.

“You couldn’t script it any better,” Wildcats head coach Kelly Donohoe said. “That was one of our better drives all season.”

Added running back Aveion Bailey, “All week we talked about punching them until they didn’t want to get hit anymore. We’re showing that our line and our offense are clicking together.”

And another big thing is that the Wildcats are healthy. Musser has missed a good chunk of the season with injuries, but he adds another weapon for the Wildcats on the ground and through the air.

To highlight the plethora of weapons Blue Springs has on the offensive side of the ball, four different players scored touchdown Friday night, and they did so in a variety of ways. Wheaton - a receiver - ran for his score, as did Bailey. Musser caught his touchdown, while Caleb Marquez had one on the ground and one through the air.

“We’re showing that we’re better than we were at the beginning of the season,” Bailey said. “Everyone is healthy. You can’t anticipate what we’re going to do. We can spread it around.”

Musser’s touchdown catch put the Wildcats up 14-3 late in the first quarter, but midway through the second quarter the Jaguars had a chance to cut into the lead. A Blue Springs penalty on a South punt extended the Jaguars’ drive, but the drive would stall on the Wildcat 40. Blue Springs capitalized, as they tacked on a score on a 1-yard run from Bailey for a 21-3 lead.

South put together a quick drive before the half but had their field goal attempt blocked. They would get the ball to start the second half but once again had their drive stall, this time after quarterback Michael Muehlberger was sacked on fourth-and-5 by Marquez at the Wildcat 35. In all, the Jaguars drove into Blue Springs territory on four of their first five possessions but could only muster three points.

“We couldn’t get over the hump,” South head coach Jon Oyler said. “We had some penalties that killed drives, some turnovers that killed drives.”

Muehlberger was making just his second start of the season after taking over for injured starter Brody Parker in the Francis Howell game a couple of weeks ago, and while he made some plays with his arm and his legs, the Wildcat defense was just too much. The likes of Daniel Parker Jr., Steven Chism and Marquez were a handful all night.

“We thought his mobility could be an advantage,” Oyler said of Muehlberger. “But with the D-line and O-line they have, they have a three-man box at times and still get away with it. That’s the ideal defense. Credit to them for taking it to us.”

Late in the third quarter and midway through the fourth the Wildcats would put the game on ice, as Marquez scored his two touchdowns, including a fade pass from quarterback Chase Donohoe. Donohoe was asked to do too much but effective, going eight-of-nine for 140 yards and two scores.

South running back Austin Terry added a couple of late touchdowns for the Jaguars, as their season ended at 5-7. But it was a strong finish after an 0-4 start.

“They’re a great bunch of kids” Oyler said. “They’re easy to root for. It was nice to see them have success at the end of the season.”

Blue Springs will now get a much-anticipated rematch with Park Hill next Saturday, the team that handed them their last defeat, 28-25, back in Week 4. 

“For me, I wanted them again right after the buzzer sounded,” Bailey said. “We got what we wanted.”