Blue Springs goes Back-Back – Bob Ryan Blog for Class 6 FB Championship

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The Blue Springs Wildcats notched their 2nd consecutive Class 6 STATE football championship with a 35-14 victory over the Rock Bridge Bruins. The Wildcats used all phases of their game-offense, defense and special teams to open up an early 28-0 lead then, seemingly, coast to the 5th STATE title for the school. 

  After exchanging punts on their opening drives, the Bruins found themselves backed up to their own 4 yard line. After a first down, their punt on a 4th down from their own 17 yard line was caught by Darrius Shepherd. Shepherd took the punt on the RB 49 yard line, hit a quick seam, cut cross field as he picked up blocks and went the distance to open the scoring and with Blane Howell’s first of five conversions, it was 7-0 Wildcats.

   Late in the first Quarter, Blue Springs took possession on the 50 yard line. Feeding the Bruin defense a steady diet of Dalvin Warmack early in the drive, the 17 yard play-action pass from Ian Brown to Kaleb Prewett found him wide open in the end zone early in the 2nd quarter. Now 14-0, Wildcats.

   The next kickoff was fumbled by Rock Bridge and the Wildcats recovered on the 21 yard line. ON the 5th play of the drive, Prewett again hauled in the TD strike. Quickly it was 21-zip. At this point, the special teams had punted the ball to the 4 yard line, Punt return team had scored a TD, the KO team had recovered a fumble and 3-3 in the PAT category.

   After forcing a punt, the offense displayed their skills. They drove the ball down the field on a 10 play drive, that saw star running back, Dalvin Warmack, limp off the field with an ankle injury, culminated when Cobi Bissell (in for Warmack) dove into the end zone from 3 yards out. It was 28-0- at 4:52 of the 2nd quarter. Warmack had four carries in the drive but the key play was an Ian Brown pass to Darrius Shepherd for 25 yards.

    With 1:34 remaining in the first half, the Bruins came to life. Assembling an 8-play, passing oriented drive, Rock Bridge scored when JR QB Logan Twehous connected with Zach Reuter from 8 yards out to cut the score to 28-7 with just 5 seconds left before halftime. The two long plays that ignited the drive were a 40 yard pass to Elisha Peat and a 31 yarder to Zach Reuter as he wrestled it out of the hands of the d-back.   

    The 2nd half opened up with Blue Springs putting together a solid, long drive but missing a field goal. As Rock Bridge was driving in their first possession, QB Twehous injured his shoulder and left the game. So, each team was now without one of their offensive stars. The 3rd series of the half again saw the Wildcats drive into Bruin territory but ended suddenly on an interception that was taken all the way back to the Blue Springs 18 yard line by Xavier Hamilton. Using the “wildcat” offense, the Bruins punched it over on the 6th play as Hayden Johnson rumbled into the end zone. It was now 28-14…but not for long!

    From their own 20, Brown hits Prewett for a 46 yarder down the sideline. A short loss on the 2nd play then Cobi Bissell hit a gaping hole in the line and galloped 36 yards for the score – back to the 21 point lead of 35-14.

   As the 4th quarter opened up, Blue Springs turned over things to their defense. While Rock Bridge showed tons of heart, ultimately the Wildcats completed the quarter without any more scoring. The late interception by Antwon President sealed the deal. The 35-14 win on paper looks closer than the game actually felt throughout. The early, long strikes; the long ball-control drives, the continual harassment of the Bruin QB; and the outstanding coaching of Kelly Donohoe and his staff   demonstrated that the Wildcats WERE clearly the best team in Missouri Class 6 Football in 2013. Click here for the game




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