There's not many ways to beat a team as good as Blue Springs.
On Friday night Raymore-Peculiar showed one way not to beat them. The Panthers surrendered 21 points to the undefeated Wildcats in the first three minutes of the game.
Class 6 No. 1-ranked Blue Springs (8-0) then rolled to a 41-14 Suburban Big Seven win.
“That's a very rare occasion,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said of the start. “Ray-Pec has such a good football program, but we just knew that we were a better football team but we needed to come out early, especially in these conditions and make some plays and show some toughness. To be up 21-0 that early is a really unusual situation, but thankfully it was on our side.”
The fast start began innocently enough. On the first play from scrimmage, Dalvin Warmack found a gap on the right side and dashed 75 yards for a quick score.
It was on the ensuing kickoff that things went from bad to worse for the Panthers. The kickoff landed short on the Panthers 15. No Ray-Pec players fielded it in time and the Wildcat coverage team jumped on it to give them the ball deep in Panther territory.
Warmack again went to work, scoring on a 7-yard run. With 10:15 left in the first quarter the Wildcats led 14-0 and Ray-Pec had not touched the ball.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Panthers this time cleanly fielded the ball and went to work on their own 25. On their first offensive play from scrimmage things got even worse as they fumbled the ball back to the Wildcats on the Panther 29. A play later, Warmack would again score, this time from 30 yards.
In just 2 minutes, 51 seconds, Blue Springs had essentially wrapped up their eighth win of the year.
“Against good teams you can't give up 80 yards on the first play, followed by not fielding a kickoff that goes to the 15 and then we tried a little hitch and fumbled that,” Raymore-Peculiar coach Tom Kruse said. “We have to take some chances against this team. They are for real, but you can't give those opportunities to them.”
By halftime, Blue Springs led 41-0. They were led by Warmack, who finished the game with four touchdowns to go with 224 yards on 14 carries, all in the first half.
“Our defense has carried us through a lot of games this season,” Warmack said. “To have a night where we were able to switch the roles was nice.“
Even with the strong offensive show the defense got in on the action when Kaleb Prewett intercepted a Blake Skeed pass at midfield and returned it for a score late in the first half.
Raymore-Peculiar, which dropped to 3-5, got on the board late in the third quarter when Isiah Truss scored on a 26-yard run and Baylee Custer scored on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter.