The Blue Springs High School football team discovered that a lot of little things can lead to a huge loss.
The Wildcats – who entered their game Friday night at Rockhurst coming off a 39-0 win over William Chrisman, in which they ran for 459 yards – could never get on track offensively against the Hawklets, who claimed a 17-0 victory.
“I saw a lot of little things this week that really bothered me,” Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe said after his team fell to 1-1 on the young season, “little things like being late to class, and being late to practice. We had some equipment issues, things that shouldn’t happen when you’re playing a team like Rockhurst.
“After we won our first game 39-0, maybe some guys on the team – and we have a lot of first-year starters – thought all you had to do was show up to win a game if you play for Blue Springs High School.
“Well, they found out tonight that’s not going to happen. But you know what? We’ve been in this position before and we’ve been fine.
“We need a good week of practice, we need to clean some things up – and by we, I mean me, our coaches and our players – and we can get it going again next week.”
The Wildcats will be facing their first conference opponent in an undefeated Lee’s Summit North team that is coached by former Wildcat Simone Award winner Jamar Mozee. The Broncos bring a 2-0 record to Peve Stadium next Friday.
After Aveion Bailey (197 yards) and Quentin Fontenot (140 yards) ran all over the Chrisman defense last week, the Hawklets shut them down using 10- and sometimes 11-man fronts. The Wildcats finished with just 103 total yards of offense while the Hawklets totaled 232.
Coach Tony Severino was daring the Wildcats to throw the ball, and first-year starter Koby Mansfield struggled, completing just 5 of 13 passes for 25 yards. He carried the ball five times for 12 yards with one fumble.
“We have some things to work on with our passing game,” Donohoe admitted. “We get Nick Marzolf (tweaked hamstring) back next week and that will really help Koby get back on track.”
While Mansfield struggled, the running game was non existent. Nick Wood came off the bench to lead the Wildcats with 39 yards on seven carries.
“We’re going to be fine,” Wood said. “We may look defeated if you look at the score, but we’re not defeated, we’re not down. We’re excited about next week. Our coaches are going to have us ready and we’re all excited to get back on the field.”
Bailey finished with 17 yards on 16 carries and Fontenot 7 yards on five carries.
The Hawklets scored their first touchdown at 10:58 of the second period on a 32-yard pass from Luke Boehm to R.J. Pascuzzi.
The Hawklets made it 10-0 on a 27-yard field goal by Owen Larson at 6:08 of the third quarter and padded the lead to 17-0 on A 15-yard touchdown run by Michael Johnson at 2:02 of the third quarter.
“You find out a lot about yourself and your teammates after a game like this,” said defensive lineman Nikko Manning, one of the bright spots on a dark night of Wildcats football. “We have to remember that it’s just one game and that we can fix all our mistakes.
“Coach Donohoe gave a great talk after the game – we’re going to be fine.”
Senior defensive back Matt Van Hoecke agreed.
“We can play better – we showed that last week – and we will play better next Friday against Lee’s Summit North,” Van Hoecke said.