Jags pass the test

PrepsKC staff

By Bill Althaus The Examiner
Posted: October 3, 2015 - 1:58 AM

When the chips were down and Blue Springs South needed a play, quarterback Noah Nigro delivered. The Jaguars made all the right plays at the right times to hold off Lee’s Summit West, 27-21, at Blue Springs South on Friday night.

The biggest play came on a fourth and 10 from the Titan’s 25-yard line late in the fourth quarter. After Lee’s Summit West called a timeout to set up its defense, Nigro found a way to burn them — connecting with receiver Briley Moore-McKinney on a vertical route up the left hashmark for a touchdown pass to make it 27-14 after a missed extra point.

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“We were in four-down territory, and at that point we were thinking we could capitalize on the coverage,” Nig

ro said. “It ended up working out for us.”

The touchdown looked like it would seal the victory for South, but the Titans did not go quietly. Quarterback Cole Taylor hooked up with receiver Jacob Katzfey to put West just outside the Jaguars red zone. Four plays later, Taylor scored from three yards out to make it 27-21. That set up an onside kick situation, but Jaguars running back Adam Cofield recovered the kick.

Not only was the victory a nice feather in the cap for the Jaguars’ resume, it also gave them a big leg up in the race for the Suburban Conference Big 6 Championship.

“Every game from here on out is for the conference championship,” Nigro said. “Every team in this conference is tough. Lee’s Summit West is a good team. We were glad to have the game come out the way it did.”

At times, the Jaguars were their own worst enemy, offensively. They had a fumble, an interception and a missed field goal in the first half to go with another interception in the second half. That also doesn’t count the numerous false starts and holding penalties as well.

“We were just killing ourselves,” Jaguars coach Greg Oder said. “We would get a drive going and get a holding call in the red zone or jump offside. We didn’t help ourselves out at all. They have a good defense. They haven’t given up very many points this year. It wasn’t easy.”

In fact, through the first half both defenses looked up to the task. The Titans had held South in check minus a 73-yard touchdown scamper from Jerome Hawkins. However, West answered right back. On the ensuing kickoff, Mario Goodrich juked and weaved his way 89 yards to paydirt to tie the score 7-7.

Both offenses came alive in the second half, though. The Jaguars marched right down the field on the opening kickoff of the third quarter, needing 12 plays to cover 80 yards in 5 minutes, 59 seconds. Nigro hooked up with receiver Jake Lamb on a 3rd and 12 from the 25-yard line for the score. Lamb leaped in the air and twisted his body to haul in Nigro’s pass.

“I have to do my job, but it helps a lot when you have the athletes like I have out there,” Nigro said. “They work their butts off.”

It looked like South was going to increase their lead after forcing a three-and-out following the touchdown, but Nigro was intercepted for the second time of the night and Titan’s defensive back Bennett Frederickson returned it 45 yards to the South 30.

On the next play Taylor found Katzfey on a long pass down the Jaguars sideline to set them up at the 3-yard line. Katzfey scored from a yard out two plays later to knot it at 14-14.

But, it seemed like South always had an answer for the Titans. On the very next possession, they wasted little time punching it in the end zone once more. Cofield darted in from four yards out to make it 21-14. The Jaguars covered 75 yards in just 2:40.

Cofield finished the night with 113 yards on 20 carries and a score. Lamb finished with three catches for 52 yards and a score, and Moore-McKinney also hauled in three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. West was led by Katzfey. He finished with four catches for 151 yards and also rushed for a touchdown.