After a rough first four games, Blue Springs South has turned things around the last few weeks.
With Friday’s 49-21 drubbing of visiting Lee’s Summit at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium, the Jaguars improved to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the Suburban Big Seven heading into next week’s crosstown battle with Blue Springs.
The Jaguars had won in previous weeks by scores of 50-7 and 49-16.
“We got a couple linebackers back; they’ve added a lot to our defense,” South coach Jon Oyler said, “and offensively we’ve been clicking.’’
The offensive totals weren’t astounding, as Brody Parker completed 9 of 13 passes for 155 yards, Dakoda Kenig rushed for 78 yards on 13 carries and Austin Terry rushed for 45 yards and three touchdowns on 14 tries.
But the Jaguars didn’t have to put together many long drives, thanks to some stiff defense and Lee’s Summit’s struggles on offense and in the punting game. The Tigers (2-5, 0-4) were missing one of their two quarterbacks, Darrias Pearsall, due to injury and were guilty of eight penalties.
South’s first drive went to the Lee’s Summit 13 before Parker was intercepted in the end zone by Evan Sanders. But the Jaguars still struck first when Michael Muehlberger scooped up a fumble on the Tigers’ third snap and went 45 yards for a touchdown.
A punt snap that sailed over Sanders’ head then gave South possession at Lee’s Summit’s 20, and Terry scored five plays later from the 2.
Trey Vaval had a punt return touchdown nullified by a penalty, but Terry’s 12-yard TD to start the second quarter capped a short 35-yard possession.
Parker then hooked up for touchdown passes with Ethan Swanegan (58 yards) and D.J. Frost (21 yards), the latter coming on fourth down, to make it 35-7 at halftime.
“Always nice to get a defensive touchdown,” Oyler said. “We’re pretty confident in our offense. We got the ball to Ethan a couple times, and run-wise we did some nice things.”
Kenig’s 1-yard plunge capped a 53-yard drive in the third to put South up by 35 for the first time and start the running clock.
“We’ve started playing really well as a team,” said the junior running back, who also caught three passes for 48 yards. “It finally came together everywhere. The offensive line’s been awesome.”
The Jaguars might have hit the mark earlier, but negative plays and penalties turned first-and-goal from the 8 into second-and-goal from the 40, and Landen Willis intercepted Parker in the end zone on the third down.
Terry’s third score, this one from 11 yards out, followed another bad punt snap by Lee’s Summit in the fourth.
Preston Whitworth’s 40-yard touchdown pass to Somaj Brewer put Lee’s
Summit on the board in the second quarter.
Whitworth added an 8-yard keeper for a TD to start the fourth, and freshman Edgar Hunley rumbled 51 yards for a touchdown in the final minute. Those three plays accounted for nearly half of Lee’s Summit’s 222 yards.