Blue Springs South special teams shine in win

By Bill Althaus The Examiner
Posted: September 3, 2011 - 12:07 AM

There’s a reason they call them special teams – especially at Blue Springs South High School.

The Jaguars’ special teams turned in three spectacular touchdowns en route to a 37-14 victory over Park Hill South Friday night at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.

Steven Sullivan electrified the home crowd with a 41-yard punt return for a touchdown the first time he touched the ball.

Less than five minutes later, Ben Harvel outran a host of Panther defenders for an equally spectacular 92-yard kickoff return.

Sullivan then scored on a 69-yard punt return and capped off one of the best all-purpose nights in the history of the high school by scoring on runs of 53 and 75 yards.

He totaled 289 yards on 10 touches – as he finished the night rushing for 179 yards and two scores on just eight carries.

“Steven had a huge night and the special teams were outstanding,” Blue Springs South coach Greg Oder said, “and they needed to be. We gave up way too many yards tonight.

“We can’t give up that many yards the next two weeks or we’re in trouble.”

The Panthers had 64 total plays, compared to just 33 for the big-play Jaguars, and totaled 271 total yards of offense, but the special teams ruled the day for the home team.

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