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Examiner
  • Cats send longtime assistant out a winner

  • Marc Hines went out in style Saturday night as the longtime Blue Springs High School assistant coach/offensive coordinator was part of his fourth state championship football team.

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  • Marc Hines went out in style Saturday night as the longtime Blue Springs High School assistant coach/offensive coordinator was part of his fourth state championship football team.
    Hines, who is retiring at the end of the school year, was also part of two state baseball championships.
    In case you’re counting, he now has one for the thumb, plus one – a total of six championship rings.
    “We’re going to miss Ol’ Bud,” Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe said, referring to his longtime assistant. “It’s great that we won his last game. That’s pretty special.”
    So was the Wildcats’ performance, as Blue Springs ran roughshod over a Francis Howell defense that had allowed just more than seven points a game until the 42-3 rout Saturday evening at the Edward Jones Dome.
    “They’ve all been special,” Hines said when asked about his four state football titles. “The first one, back in 1992, was really special because we didn’t know if we’d ever get past the Rockhursts and the Jefferson Citys to win one.
    “Then we won in 2001 and 2003, and you began to think, we’re going to be going to state and winning every couple of years. Well, that was nine years ago – so this one couldn’t be much more special.”
    • Blue Springs senior defensive back/wide receiver DaShaughn Terry is never at a loss for words.
    But he had a hard time describing what it was like to be a state champion.
    “Honestly, I don’t know what to say,” Terry said Saturday night. “It hasn’t hit me yet. I can’t find the words to describe how I feel. To win a state championship in my last high school football game is something I will remember the rest of my life.”
    • Wylson Lamb’s name can now be mentioned in the same sentence as the legendary state champion quarterbacks who preceded him at Blue Springs High School.
    He joins Nate Minnis, Jordan Whitworth and Stinson Dean, who all led their teams to state titles.
    Star running back Dalvin Warmack, a Simone Award semifinalist, said Lamb is a winner. When opponents would put eight defenders in the box to stop Warmack, Lamb would slice apart secondaries with the precision of a surgeon.
    “I don’t think Wylson ever got the recognition he deserved,” Warmack said. “He’s a great quarterback and a great teammate. I never felt like all the pressure was on me, because Wylson could do so many things at quarterback.”
    • Joey Butler, the pastor at Gateway Church in Blue Springs, and the Wildcats’ spiritual leader for more than a decade, was on the sideline Saturday despite his yearlong battle with cancer.
    Page 2 of 2 - As the Wildcats came off the field late in the blowout victory, they made a point of giving Butler a heartfelt hug.
    In the closing minutes of the game, the Blue Springs student section began to chant, “Joey Butler! Joey Butler!”
    There wasn’t a dry eye on the sidelines during that poignant moment.
     
     
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