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Examiner
  • Wildcats return to form in rout of Broncos

  • Following an embarrassing defensive performance against Lee's Summit in the final week of the regular season, a gritty and determined Blue Springs High School football team took care of business Friday night.

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  • Following an embarrassing defensive performance against Lee's Summit in the final week of the regular season, a gritty and determined Blue Springs High School football team took care of business Friday night.
    The Wildcats raced to a 41-0 halftime lead and hammered Lee's Summit North 61-13 in the opening round of Class 6 District 4 postseason play.
    “This is Wildcat football,” defensive lineman James Young said after the starting unit shut out the Broncos for one half before turning the game over to the understudies. “We were embarrassed last week.
    “We weren't prepared, and that won't happen again.”
    The Wildcats gave up 62 points in an 84-62 victory over the Tigers in Week 9, which led to a get-back-to-the-basics work week for coach Kelly Donohoe's 9-1 squad.
    “This feels good, real good,” Donohoe said in an enthusiastic locker room. “We had to clean some things up this week, and we did. Because we won last week, I won't say we lost our confidence – but it feels good to come back and win like we did tonight.”
    Although Dalvin Warmack – who rushed for 419 yards and scored seven touchdowns in the shootout against the Tigers – scored four more touchdowns, the offensive star Friday night was quarterback Wylson Lamb, who was an effective 12 of 16 passing for 226 yards and two scores.
    “We have a lot of confidence in Wylson,” said Darrius Shepherd, who caught six passes for 123 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown. “I'm happy for Wylson, we knew he could have a game like this. It's just that Dalvin is so good, you have to keep giving him the ball.”
    Donohoe wanted to keep Warmack's carries to a minimum, and the young man with 36 touchdowns on the season carried the ball 12 times for 79 yards and scores of 14, 4 and 8 yards. He also had a touchdown on a 10-yard shovel pass from Lamb.
    “I have so much faith in Dalvin,” Lamb said as he was congratulated by his teammates, “and I have a lot of confidence in my receivers. Darrius has a big night, and we played a lot better overall than we did last week.
    “We were pretty intense at practice this week. No one wanted another game like last week.”
    The Wildcats took a 7-0 lead at 9:59 of the first period on a 14-yard touchdown by Warmack. He also scored on a 4-yard run at 4:14 and, following a fumble recovery by Kaleb Prewett, the junior star scored again at 1:12.
    “We took control early, offensively and defensively,” Donohoe said. “It's like I said earlier, it just feels good to see the guys play up to their potential, especially in the postseason.”
    Warmack opened the second period with an 8-yard touchdown run and Lamb then hooked up with Dashaughn Terry on a 13-yard touchdown pass.
    Page 2 of 2 - The 10-yard shovel pass to Warmack closed out the Wildcats' huge first half as they took a 41-0 lead into the locker room.
    “It was very important to get refocused this week and play Blue Springs football,” said Terry, who also had an interception in the game. “This is the playoffs, and we're back on track, back where we want to be.”
    Shepherd thrilled the standing-room-only Wildcats crowd with a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown to open the third quarter and reserve back Cobi Bissell scored on runs of 4 and 60 yards to wrap up the big offensive night for Blue Springs.
    Josh Caldwell scored on a 1-yard run and Gray Kinloch scored on an 8-yard run for the 1-9 Broncos.
     
     

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