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Examiner
  • Everyone joins in fun for Wildcats

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  • Before Friday night's highly anticipated Cat Clash between crosstown rivals Blue Springs and Blue Springs South, Wildcats defensive end Elijah Lee made a promise to the reserves. “I promised them they would get in the big game tonight, and I always keep my promise,” said Lee, who had two sacks to lead a solid Blue Springs defense in a 35-0 victory over the Jaguars. When Kaleb Prewett scored on a 46-yard pass from Ian Brown at the 10:14 mark of the fourth quarter, Wildcat reserves entered the game as the running clock started. “You like to see the guys who work so hard all week in practice get into a game, especially a game against your big rival,” said Lee, the reigning Buck Buchanan Award and Examiner co-Defensive Player of the Year. “I think we played our most complete game tonight. This is the way we have to keep playing the rest of the season.” The 7-0 Wildcats won a school-record 17th game in a row and topped the Jaguars for the fifth season in a row to take an 11-9 lead in the all-time series. “It always feels good to beat South, and all the guys on the team have never lost to them,” Wildcats linebacker Gunnar Strickland said. “The great thing about playing on this team is that we have all the superstars, but no egos. “No one cares about their personal stats; the only thing we care about is the score on the scoreboard at the end of the game. And 35-0 is sweet.” Strickland was a starter on last year's Class 6 state championship Wildcats team, and he believes this year's team is even better. “We have the Davis twins (defensive tackles Khalil and Carlos), who blow things up on the line to make it easy for us linebackers. We have a great secondary, great linebackers and our offense – what can you say about our offense with Shep (Darrius Shepherd) (Kaleb) Prewett, Dalvin (Warmack) and Ian (Brown)? “This team wants to leave a legacy. We've had four state champions at our school, but none of them was a two-time state champion. That's our goal this season. We want people to say, 'The 2013 team,' when they're asked who the greatest team in Blue Springs history is. “And I think they can say that about our team if we win back-to-back championships.” Khalil Davis, who joined his brother as a reserve on last year's team, says the sky's the limit for this year's Wildcats. “Tonight, I think we played like we practiced all week, and we had a great week of practice,” Davis said. “But we know we can play better. That's our goal, to play better each week all the way to state.”

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