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Examiner
  • 'PRETTY MUCH PERFECT'

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  • Kelly Donohoe was a bit concerned about his Blue Springs High School football team's practice schedule this past week.
    “We played at (Lee's Summit) North on Friday, got postponed until Saturday (because of lightning in a 28-3 victory) and you never know how that's going to affect your players,” Donohoe said after the Wildcats blanked crosstown rival Blue Springs South 35-0 Friday night at Peve Stadium.
    “We were walking off the practice field on Monday and I'm thinking, 'That's the best Monday practice we've had this season.' Then, we're walking off Tuesday and Wednesday and I'm thinking the same thing.
    “That's why I wanted to tell the guys after the game that they played like they practiced. And this was our most complete game of the season. Offensively, defensively and special teams – we really played at a high level.”
    A determined South defense, led by linebacker Josh Watson, held the Wildcats to just 14 first-half points as Kaleb Prewett took a reverse handoff from Dalvin Warmack and carried it for a 34-yard touchdown just one minute into the first period. Blane Howell kicked the first of five extra points and it was 7-0.
    On a fourth-and-7, Ian Brown connected with Darrius Shepherd for a 26-yard touchdown at the 4:08 mark, and that was all the scoring in the first 24 minutes.
    But the Wildcats marched 80 yards on the opening series of the third quarter with Shepherd catching a 20-yard touchdown pass from Brown.
    Warmack then opened the fourth quarter with an 80-yard touchdown run and Prewett scored his second touchdown of the game on a 46-yard pass from Brown.
    “Kaleb is a burner,” said Brown, who was 13 of 16 for 195 yards and three scores. “He has 4.3 speed and he makes my life easy out there. If you get him the ball, he's going to do something. Same thing with Shep and Dalvin.”
    Shepherd caught eight passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.
    “This was fun,” Shepherd said. “A lot of guys got to play when we got the running clock, and the line did a great job and the defense recorded a shutout. Those are the things you want to do when you play your big rival.”
    Warmack finished with 234 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries to push his season total to 1,237 yards.
    “This was pretty much a perfect night – great crowd, the offense and defense and special teams all played well and we won,” Warmack said. “You never know about games like this, especially when you're playing a good team like Blue Springs South.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Prewett, who is expected to play in the Kansas State secondary, grinned when asked about his newfound offensive prowess.
    “Whatever they need, whatever they ask me to do, I'll do it for this team,” Prewett said. “I like playing defense, but I like those touchdowns, too.”
    The win was a school-record 17th in a row for the 7-0 defending Class 6 state champions. It was the fifth-straight win over the Jaguars, and the Wildcats now lead the all-time series 11-9.
    “If we keep playing at this level, this could be a very special season,” Donohoe said.
    The Jaguars fell to 3-4 despite a solid effort by Watson, who had a sack and three tackles in the Blue Springs backfield.
    “Josh played well,” South coach Greg Oder said. “We just gave up too many big plays. You can't give up that many big plays to a team with the talent they have.”
    Added South defensive coordinator Jon Oyler: “Josh plays hard no matter what the score. He's a great kid on the field and in the classroom, and I feel honored to work with him.”
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC

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