Blue Springs South quarterback Max Conard is known more for his arm than his rushing ability.
After five games, the senior had just 123 yards rushing on 37 carries (3.3 yards per carry) and 720 yards through the air.
But in Friday’s game at William Chrisman, he said he saw something in the Bears’ defense that had him using his legs more than usual. He actually used his right arm and his legs effectively as he rushed for 110 yards on six carries and a touchdown and completed 13 of 23 passes for 161 yards and five more scores, spoiling Chrisman’s homecoming in a 50-13 blowout win at Independence All-School Stadium.
Added South head coach Matt Klein: “That’s something we’ve been trying to get him to do more. When stuff breaks down, he’s a good athlete and he can take off running. He saw some things tonight and made some great plays.”
Conard’s big day helped the Jaguars (1-5) earn their first win of the season and it was the first for Klein as the Jaguars’ head coach.
“I am happy for the kids,” Klein said. “You go through the grind of the summer and everything else. We wanted to get a win for those kids. We just need to keep better and better down the final stretch of the season.”
South wide receiver Cortes Essex, who had three receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns, said this first win could be a springboard for his Jaguars.
“It was great to get over that losing streak – that hump – with my team,” Essex said. “Max balled out and there is more to come. He leveled up. He had a grown man game. We got something to prove. We aren’t the underdogs anymore.”
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