Aveion Bailey is all the way back.
Caleb Marquez never went anywhere.
And the Blue Springs Wildcats steamrolled to a 42-6 victory at Lee’s Summit North Saturday afternoon.
The Suburban Big Seven game was played Saturday after the game was postponed Friday after a student at North committed suicide at the school early Friday morning.
Bailey, the junior running back who suffered a broken ankle last season, has been brought back slowly by the Wildcats, but he exploded for 109 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns in the running-clock victory that saw Blue Springs improve to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in conference.
He burst through the Broncos line on a 38-yard touchdown in the second period and scored on a 6-yard run to begin the third period.
Marquez starred on both sides of the ball with two forced fumbles that led to touchdowns and two short touchdown runs.
The Broncos (4-3, 3-3), using a short field, moved the ball 32 yards in the first quarter and had a first-and-goal from the 1 when Marquez stripped the ball from the North running back.
Marquez then capped a 96-yard scoring drive with a 2-yard dive into the end zone.
“That was the biggest play of the game, and you might not think there were many big plays in a 42-6 game, but if they go on and score, who knows what happens,” Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe said. “Caleb has been playing like a man among the boys – offensively and defensively.
“And I think we all saw that Aveion is back. He looked great defensively from his linebacker position and he’s running the ball like the Aveion we saw last year.”
The Wildcats led 7-0 after one period, 14-6 at the half and blew the game open with a 21-point third period in which Michael Warmack scored from the 1, quarterback Chase Donohoe scored from the 13 and Bailey scored from the 6.
“I’m back – I’m definitely back,” Bailey said as he walked off the field with his teammates. “It was a long offseason and I’ve waited for the game where I really felt like I could run like I did last year. The coaches called great plays and my line did a great job blocking.”
When asked about having Marquez, Bailey, Warmack and Jaylen Ivey – who is coming back off ACL surgery – in the backfield, Chase Donohoe just grinned.
“They make my job easy,” Dohonoe said, “I just give them the ball and watch them score. Our line is great. We’re playing high caliber football right now.”
Marquez’s second 2-yard TD run gave the Wildcats a running clock with 7:48 left in the fourth quarter.
“We’re playing our best football when the games mean the most,” Marquez said. “I’ve been used quite a bit on defense and I really like it. It was fun stripping the ball away – especially that first one when they were on the 1-yard line.
“Azaiah (Bello) picked it up and we went down to score. It changed the beginning of the game.”
Chase Donohoe finished the game hitting 12 of 18 passes for 114 yards. Ivey finished with 14 carries for 52 yards and Warmack had seven carries for 40 yards.
• Many Wildcat fans were surprised to see students on the Lee’s Summit North home side of the field donning purple, and carrying purple balloons, as purple and gold are the school colors for Blue Springs High School.
Purple is also the color that symbolizes suicide prevention.
Because of the Friday morning suicide of Lee’s Summit North student, the students donned purple and released the balloons at the start of the game.