After a rough first month of the season, Blue Springs South is starting to find its rhythm.
The Jaguars put together their most complete game of the season thus far, rolling past host Raymore-Peculiar 49-16 Friday.
“It feels great,” Blue Springs South running back Austin Terry said. “Right now we feel like we have a lot of confidence.”
Terry, who finished with three touchdowns and 140 yards rushing, played a key role in getting the Jaguars off to a quick start scoring a pair of first half touchdowns, including one from 56 yards.
“He’s a great player,” Jaguars head coach Jon Oyler said. “Coach (Ryan) Gettings has done a great job with the offense. They’ve been rolling for the last few weeks. All of our skill positions we think are capable of big things.”
As strong as the offense was, the defense was equally impressive.
The Jaguars held the Panthers without a first down on their first two drives, keeping a tired Ray-Pec defense on the field.
“The biggest thing is we weren’t able to run the football,” Ray-Pec head coach Tom Kruse said. “That’s the disheartening thing about it. We feel like with the guys up front, we can do that. I’ll give a lot of credit to South.”
With both Blue Springs South and Ray-Pec facing the trio of Park Hill, Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit, the Jaguars enter the difficult stretch with loads of confidence.
The biggest change from the 0-4 start to the two consecutive wins has began in practice according to Oyler.
“I think our intensity and our communication during practice (have been the biggest things.)” Oyler said. “I think it also helps having some confidence coming from the Olathe North game last week.”
Meanwhile, Kruse pointed toward the inability to make big plays as what was the biggest difference.
On the opening drive alone the Panthers missed an opportunity for a fumble recovery and then had a chance at an interception in the end zone bounce off the defender’s chest. On the flip side, South made the most of theirs, led by an interception by Trey Vaval that he returned to the Panther 1. It was an interception that ended any real hopes of a comeback for the Panthers.
“We just have to make those plays,” Kruse said. “In this conference with this schedule, it demands that you do because there are such good teams.”