PECULIAR, Mo. — Blue Springs South knew a three-point lead wouldn’t be enough to hold off Raymore-Peculiar Friday night.

PECULIAR, Mo. — Blue Springs South knew a three-point lead wouldn’t be enough to hold off Raymore-Peculiar Friday night.

The Jaguars led 24-21 when they got their first possession of the fourth quarter. Having seen their seen their 17-point halftime lead shrink to three in 12 minutes, 6 seconds, they knew they needed to keep scoring.

South responded by scoring 14 points on back-to-back possessions and went on to win the Suburban Big Six football matchup 38-28 at Raymore-Peculiar High School’s Panther Stadium.  

“At halftime, (South) Coach (Greg Oder) let us know that Ray-Pec has come back against teams in the past,” said South running back Chris Gilyard, who finished with 12 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns, including one fourth-quarter score. “We were trying to make sure we didn’t let that happen to us.”

South made sure of that by first launching an eight-play, 63-yard drive, capped by Donnell Alexander’s 31-yard TD run and Connor Harris’ extra-point kick with 8:00 remaining.  After forcing Ray-Pec to punt away its next possession, South launched an 11-play, 77-yard drive, capped by Gilyard’s 11-yard TD run with 2:31 remaining.

 Alexander sparked the second drive with a 17-yard run on the first play. To give the Jaguars extra yardage, he hurdled a Ray-Pec defensive back – while the opposing player was on his feet.

“I seen it on (ESPN’s) ‘SportsCenter,’ maybe like a couple weeks ago,” said Alexander, who paced South with 19 carries and 221 yards and two touchdowns, including his fourth-quarter score. “I decided I’d try it. It was the only way I could go.”

After South launched its back-to-back drives, Ray-Pec quarterback Cameron Coffman fought to keep it close by tossing a 39-yard TD pass to Walker Evans with 1:20 left. The 6-foot-3 senior passed for 322 total yards and threw two touchdowns and an interception.

“Coffman’s a great quarterback,” Oder said. “If he doesn’t beat you throwing it, he can beat you running it.”

 Early on, it appeared South (4-1, 1-0 Big Six) would cruise past Ray-Pec (3-2, 2-1) by throwing and running the football. Quarterback Calvin Jacobson connected with Blake Horne for a 45-yard TD pass on South’s third play from scrimmage to help the Jaguars take a 7-0 lead with 6:07 in the first quarter. Gilyard’s 6-yard TD run made it 14-0 South with 9:05 left in the second quarter.

Deron Washington’s 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown cut South’s lead to 14-7 with 8:51 left in the second quarter. Alexander’s 74-yard TD run with 4:44 left made it a two-possession game again. Harris’ 35-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in the half gave the Jaguars a 24-7 advantage at the intermission.

Coffman started Ray-Pec’s second-half comeback attempt by leading a 12-play, 89-yard scoring drive, capped by his 20-yard TD toss to Trevor Vogelsmeier with 3:48 left in the third quarter. On the Panthers’ next possession, he engineered a seven-play, 51-yard drive, capped by his 1-yard TD run with 11:54 left in the fourth quarter, to make it a three-point ballgame and force South’s final scoring tear.

“To stay with a team like South, we knew we had to score,” Ray-Pec coach Tom Kruse said. “I was really pleased with the way our kids responded after the half.”