Staley puts Blue Springs in 0-2 hole again
By Cole Young PrepsKC
By midway through the fourth quarter, Staley quarterback Trent Hosik and running back Morgan Steward were giving head coach Fred Bouchard advice on which plays to run.
And why wouldn’t they? The two-headed offensive monster did nearly everything else as Staley rolled past Blue Springs 47-25 at the North Kansas City District Activities Complex.
“(Trent and Morgan) said if we just do this one thing, I think it will go big,” Bouchard said. “Our situational awareness from our kids was really good. They would say what they thought we could do and sometimes you just have to say, ‘Ok.’ And they were right.”
The play Bouchard pointed to was a 52-yard touchdown run by Steward which blew back open a game that had closed to nine points early in the fourth quarter.
It was the finish to a great night for Steward. The Missouri commit scored on touchdown runs of 5, 86 and 52. On 16 carries, he finished with 200 yards. His most impressive though was the 52-yard dagger he delivered with 11:19 left in the game.
“It was kind of a cut back,” Steward said. “I saw an open lane and made a little stutter. I always watch film and it flashes in my mind when I do something that I’ve already seen someone else do. This time it was Adrian Peterson. He kind of slows up and then just keeps on going. “
For as impressive as Steward’s night was, he didn’t even lead his team in rushing. Hosik, a junior transfer from Ozark, scored three touchowns as well along with 212 yards on 20 carries.
Hosik opened the scoring for the game, breaking off a 78-yard run on the first possession of the game on an option keeper. He later scored on quarterback keepers from one and four yards.
The duo amassed 412 of the Falcons’ 453 yards on the ground.
“That (yardage amount) means that the guys up front are doing an awfully good job,” Bouchard said. “Our perimeter blocks were pretty good as well. But those five guys up front kept saying ‘We can do this, we can do that. They may get us slowed down but we can keep moving.’ I have to give them a boatload of credit.”
It was the second straight game Blue Springs has allowed over 440 yards of rushing.
“It’s not an effort problem,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said of his team’s defensive woes. “We’ve just been blessed to have those big physical kids the last few years. Right now we have some tough kids, but we don’t have those same kids right now (that we’ve had in the past).”
It marks the second straight season the Wildcats have started the season 0-2. Last season however, Blue Springs rolled up nine straight victories starting in the third week.
“Thank God we went through this last year so we can draw on that experience that we did start 0-2 and went on and won nine in a row,” Donohoe said. “You know some years you are blessed with a bunch of seniors and upperclassmen that kind of have a swagger and can get you to that point. We don’t have that yet.”
If the Wildcats are to do that again this season, it likely will come from the arm of senior quarterback Kyle Brown.
Brown, who battled a finger injury throughout the offseason, has 288 yards including three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions on 16-26 passing. Brown’s biggest pass came on the first play of the fourth quarter. He hit Darrius Shepherd on a 48-yard strike to bring the deficit to single digits, 34-25.
Overall, Donohoe knows this team is headed in the right direction, making it not a matter of if the Wildcats will come together, but when.
“We are going to get better, we just know it’s a matter of getting there a little quicker than we are right now,” he said.
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