More passion. More attitude. Better results.
Blue Springs kept its message simple heading into a showdown with its fiercest rival.
The Wildcats’ defense had no problem delivering it.
Blue Springs’ defense was downright nasty in a 35-14 victory at Blue Springs South on Friday night, holding the Jaguars to just 108 yards of total offense. Blue Springs recorded six sacks, including three by Jason Young and two more from Elijah Lee.
“It was unbelievable how we played them,” Young said. “Their offensive line gave us a lot of different looks, but we just kept going and kept blowing them up.”
The Wildcats, 6-1, effectively silenced South’s offense, which tallied 76 of its 108 yards on a touchdown pass from Dalton Brewer to an unguarded Khorey Kilgore. South earned its other score on an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Trey Ervin.
Blue Springs had long put the game out of reach by then.
Using a pair of Dalvin Warmack touchdown runs, it built a 21-0 lead after the opening play of the second quarter. Blue Springs held the same advantage heading into halftime and led by at least 14 points for the remainder of the night.
For good measure, Warmack iced the game with an 82-yard burst up the middle in the fourth quarter. A junior tailback, Warmack finished with 151 yards on 17 carries for an offense that otherwise sputtered for much of the night.
“I was proud of him for staying patient, because they loaded up in the box to try to stop him,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said. “We had a feeling he was going to break one. It was blocked really well, and he took off with it.”
Warmack turned around to look for a flag after the 82-yard score — not a bad idea considering the way the night had gone.
The two teams failed to gain any offensive rhythm in a game marred by yellow flags. In all, 28 penalties were called in the game — 15 against Blue Springs South, 4-3, including five personal fouls.
“We had 800 yards in penalties. You can’t do that,” South coach Greg Oder said. “Every time we got something going, it seemed like we had a penalty.”
Blue Springs used a series of big plays to overcome the stop-and-go nature of Friday’s game. Sandwiched between Warmack’s two first-half scores, quarterback Wylson Lamb found Darrius Shepherd for a 73-yard bomb in the first quarter.
Playing in his second game back since suffering an injury against Rockhurst, Shepherd proved his health was OK with seven catches for 139 yards and the touchdown.
Blue Springs won its fourth straight in the series with Blue Springs South and improved to 10-9 all-time. Barring a loss in the playoffs, the Blue Springs senior class will finish without a loss to its rival — making it the first class to accomplish the feat.
“And it may be the last,” Donhoe said. “They’re too good for that to be done. It’s a very fortunate run we’ve had.”