ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Austin Terry, Blue Springs South’s speedy junior running back, made an observation about the Jaguars’ 48-20 come-from-behind victory over host Francis Howell in the Class 6 District 3 first-round football game Friday.
"The defense outscored the offense," Terry said.
Specifically, senior strong safety Michael Muehlberger, who tallied four defensive touchdowns – three pick-six interceptions of 10, 38 and 37 yards and one fumble recovery for a touchdown of 43 yards.
Terry himself rushed for three touchdowns untouched on runs of 70, 65 and 33 yards. Blue Springs South used the big play to turn what appeared to be a one-sided loss into a lopsided victory.
"He scored more points than the offense," Terry said of Muehlberger. "I didn't expect that. We had a competition going. But after he got the third pick, I was OK with that. He was the man tonight."
Muehlberger only had one interception and one fumble recovery for a touchdown entering the game.
"It's definitely the game of my life," Muehlberger said. "I had to give a shout out to my linebackers. They didn't let their receivers to break on their routes.
“I'm just glad to get the victory. After the fumble, something special is happening. It's never happened to me before. I don't care about individual records. This is all amazing and shocking. It never happens to me. I'm very humbled and thankful God put me into this situation. It's definitely the game of my career."
Muehlberger got a chance to play quarterback one series against Francis Howell and he is also the holder on extra points and field goals.
"This couldn't happen to a better kid," Jaguars coach Jon Oyler said. "Those turnovers were huge. He's one of the most competitive players you'd ever want on your team. All year he's put himself into position to make great plays. He's one of those guys who would want to play all game."
Muehlberger also credits the running of Terry.
"He's always great," he said. "He's a stud. Next year he's going to really go off."
Added Oyler of Terry: "He's been phenomenal all year long. When he finds the open lane and gets into open field, he's tough to catch."
Francis Howell (6-4) led 20-7 midway through the first half before Blue Springs South scored 41 unanswered points to stage the comeback.
The Jaguars scored touchdowns on their first two offensive possessions of the second half to turn a 20-20 halftime deadlock into a rout.
"We just had to stay positive no matter what," Terry said. "We've been there before. We came into practice with determination. This win gets us motivated for next week. It was a team effort."
Said Oyler: "They have the determination to overcome some of these obstacles."
Blue Springs South (4-6) plays at top-seeded Columbia Rock Bridge at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27. Rock Bridge (9-1), ranked sixth in the Class 6 state poll, routed Francis Howell Central 61-6 on Friday.
"I'm just excited to play again," Muehlberger said.