Blue Springs rolls past Shawnee Mission West

By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: September 15, 2017 - 11:23 PM

Sure, Blue Springs has some things to clean up before it hosts longtime rival Rockhurst next week.

But after two close losses to top-level opponents, the Wildcats simply had to enjoy Friday’s 42-0 runaway win at home against state-line crossover foe Shawnee Mission West.

Senior backs Michael Warmack and Jaylen Ivey each rushed for two touchdowns, and Chase Donohoe clicked on 14 of 17 passes for 199 yards and another score as the Wildcats improved to 3-2 overall.

On defense, Blue Springs recorded a pair of turnovers and limited West (0-3) – a traditionally solid program under longtime coach Tim Gallagher but going through a rough spell this season – to less than 20 net yards.

“It feels good to feel good again,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said. “It was a tough couple of weeks, but it felt good to bounce back.

“We got all the seniors on the field, which was good on homecoming.”

Blue Springs punted away its first possession but still scored soon after that, as a West punt snap sailed over Ray Chavez’s head into the end zone, leaving him little choice but to boot the ball through for a safety.

After the ensuing free kick, a pair of Tre’ Wheaton receptions set up Ivey’s 2-yard TD run. Ivey added the two-point conversion.

The Vikings made a bid to slice the lead, aided by pair of helmet-to-helmet penalties by the Wildcats, but Nick Hessefort intercepted a deep ball near the goal line.

“They always ran that wheel route, so I knew it could come my way,” the senior cornerback said. “I just went up and made a play. Turnovers are big part of the game, and we got two tonight.”

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