BS South stays alive with win at Rock Bridge

By Matt Gerstner The Examiner
Posted: October 22, 2011 - 12:57 AM

The Blue Springs South football team came to Columbia with a mission: Bounce back with a big win and stay in the District 8 playoff race.

After last week’s tough 26-21 loss to crosstown rival Blue Springs, they would have to do that against an equally tough opponent.

Mission accomplished.

A 35-20 win against the No. 8 state-ranked Columbia Rock Bridge Bruins kept the Jaguars’ playoff hopes alive in a game that was a dog fight until the very end.

“It was do or die for us this week,” Jaguars quarterback Connor Harris said. “(Rock Bridge) was one of the best teams we’ve played all year, and we gave it our all against them.”

Which is all head coach Greg Oder could ask for, and he was as proud as anyone could be.

“These guys worked so hard all night against a good, physical team,” he said. “We made some big plays at the end, but it was just a hard-fought battle.”

Harris, the Jags’ jack-of-all-trades, had another huge game, going 11 of 16 for 262 yards and three touchdowns through the air and adding 97 yards on 17 carries and another score on the ground. And his backfield partner, running back Steven Sullivan, was equally, if not more impressive, rushing for 138 yards on 20 carries for a touchdown and catching four passes for 211 yards and another touchdown.