Blue Springs gets win over Raymore-Peculiar

By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC columnist
Posted: September 29, 2018 - 12:57 AM



While the Blue Springs offensive line eventually gained the upper hand and paved the way for another stellar stat sheet by running back Aveion Bailey, it was a big play through the air that finally tipped the boulder and got it rolling downhill Friday at Raymore-Peculiar.

Koby Mansfield’s 54-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter not only tied the game at 7-all, it kicked off a 28-point second quarter as the Wildcats rolled to a 35-21 Suburban Big Six win over the Panthers that was not nearly so close.

Bailey finished with 212 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries – two of those in the big second quarter that gave Blue Springs (4-2, 2-1 Big Six) a 28-7 halftime lead. But Mansfield provided a necessary complement by hitting 5 of 11 passes for 183 yards and two scores. His numbers might well have been better if not for a couple early drops and overthrowing a wide-open receiver shortly before halftime.

Raymore-Peculiar (3-3, 1-2) had claimed the early lead, taking advantage of a quick stop and punt by going 41 yards for a touchdown. Brandon Rayos provided the score with a 1-yard plunge after Grant Miller hit Je’Von Williams for 26 yards on third down.

But with Blue Springs facing second down from its 46 early in the second quarter, Mansfield connected with tight end Michael Schon. When Schon’s defender tried for the deflection and missed, the junior had clear sailing for a touchdown. Fredy Romero kicked the tying PAT.

“I’m just proud of the way they competed,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said. “I thought we would get something open on play action with (Schon), and we did.”

Donohoe said they know teams will load up the box against Bailey, and they believe have enough talent to get some big plays in the passing game.

“We just have worked really hard on that,” he said.

After Ray-Pec’s opening touchdown, the Blue Springs defense buckled down and forced five straight punts before Ziggy Afo’s interception late in the second quarter.

Four of those punts went into the wind, and after one of them Blue Springs took over at the Ray-Pec 39. Bailey covered that distance in one play, as he got to the left sideline and shed a tackler en route to the end zone at the 7:31 mark.

The next punt pinned the Wildcats at their 1, but they pushed out for a pair of first downs. On first down from the 21, fullback Nick Wood took a short pass in the flat, juked a defender and got a stellar block from receiver Cooper Willich for a 79-yard touchdown and a 21-7 lead.

“He’s just fast,” Donohoe said of Wood, who added 54 rushing yards on seven carries. “He’s got great speed, and he’s turning into a playmaker for us.”

On their next possession, Bailey found a hole over left tackle and was off for a 71-yard TD run. The Wildcats threatened again after Afo’s interception in the final minute, but Romero’s 39-yard field goal before halftime was wide right.

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