• Nubine: On the field in spirit

  • The number was brand new, but the results were the same that Blue Springs High School football fans have come to expect the past three seasons.

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  • The number was brand new, but the results were the same that Blue Springs High School football fans have come to expect the past three seasons.
    Darrian Miller, the reigning Missouri Offensive Player of the Year, broke out a No. 15 jersey Friday night, to honor his best buddy and injured teammate, Jordan Nubine.
    Nubine, who like Miller is one of the most highly recruited players in the state, was blocking for his longtime friend last week at Raymore-Peculiar when he was hit on the turf field, forcing his knee to buckle.
    “I broke two bones in my knee and they’re going to have to wait a couple of weeks to do surgery,” said Nubine, who encouraged and congratulated his teammates on the sidelines Friday night as the Wildcats blanked the host Broncos 19-0.
    ‘It’s tough not playing, I’m not going to lie to you, but it’s nice to see my number out there and no one better than Darrian could be wearing it.”
    Miller turned in the most complete performance of his legendary career at Blue Springs, playing quarterback in the team’s wildcat formation, rushing for three touchdowns and 126 yards and starting his first game at a hybrid linebacker/defensive back position.
    “We’ve seen Darrian do some spectacular things on the field,” Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe said. “Tonight, he didn’t do anything really spectacular – he just proved what an amazing athlete he is.
    “When Deiondre Hall went down last week against Ray-Pec, we knew he needed to rest this week. We kept him on the sidelines and asked Darrian to go in and play defense and he was just outstanding.
    “He’s such a talent, you never want him to leave the field. And tonight, he didn’t miss many plays, on offense or defense.”
    Following the game, Miller dedicated his performance and the shutout win to his best friend since the fourth grade.
    “When Jordan got hurt, I felt so bad,” said Miller, who scored on runs of 1, 22 and 3 yards. “I think it hurt me more than it hurt him. He is a leader on this team, and he’s proved to everyone that he can be a leader from the sidelines.
    “He was great tonight, cheering us on, getting all excited when we did something good. When he got hurt, there was never any question as to who was going to be wearing No. 15. A lot of guys asked for it, but I knew I’d be wearing it the rest of the season.”
    When asked about his defensive performance, Miller simply said, “When I’m not doing anything at practice with the offense, I’ll go over to the defense. I know what they’re running and it was fun out there tonight.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Nubine said it lifted his spirits to see No. 15 playing both offense and defense.
    “I thought it was kind of funny early in the game when the PA guy announced, ‘Tackle by Jordan Nubine.’ Then Darrian would carry the ball and he’d announce, “That carry by Jordan Nubine.’ It kind of made me feel like I was out there playing.
    “The guys on this team know how special they are for me, and I’m going to be there for them – I’ll do anything I can for them. I’m not going to miss a practice or meeting or anything. It’s my senior year and I didn’t want it to end like this, but just because I can’t play doesn’t mean I’m going to walk away from the guys I love.”
    The players weren’t the only ones who noticed Nubine’s presence on the sidelines.
    “You want a definition of senior leadership?” Donohoe asked. “Jordan Nubine. He was a great leader tonight. He inspired a lot of players on this team. And he does the same thing in practice.
    “We’re going to miss him on the field, but we know he’s going to be there side by side his teammates for the rest of the season. And that’s just huge.”

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