Blue Springs South boys soccer coach Jon Grice was hoping for a lights out performance by his Jaguars in Class 3 District 9 soccer action Monday night at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.

Blue Springs South boys soccer coach Jon Grice was hoping for a lights out performance by his Jaguars in Class 3 District 9 soccer action Monday night at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.

And he got it – literally.

With 14:28 left in the opening-round game, a short circuit in a fuse box led to an 11-minute blackout at the stadium, leaving the Jaguars and 7-13-2 Columbia Hickman in the dark.

The Jags led 2-1 at the time of the blackout and managed to score one more goal to claim a 3-1 victory. They now play Columbia Rock Bridge at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the district title game.

“When the lights went out, we had no idea how long of a delay there would be, so we just kept loose, talked about the importance of the game, and went out and finished it when they came back on,” said senior Josh Tate, whose goal in the 31st minute of the first period proved to be the game-winner.

“This game, this district, means everything to the eight seniors on this team. None of us want this season to come to an end.”

And that’s how they played, despite trailing 1-0 at the 13-minute mark following a goal by Hickman’s Peter Plakorus.

“When Hickman led 1-0, I wasn’t that concerned,” said South senior goalkeeper Jake Skinner, who didn't allow a goal over the remaining 67 minutes. “I knew we’d come back and find a way to score – and we did.”

Seven minutes after Hickman took the 1-0 lead, Bryce Childers knotted the score at 1-all as he collected a rebound and fired it into the back of the net.

Minutes after the blackout ended, freshman Sam Derksen fired a rebound into the back of the net to give the 10-12 Jaguars some insurance.

“When Sam hit that shot, all the pressure in the world was off my shoulders,” Skinner said.

Added Grice: “We had a meeting today and the seniors addressed the team, letting them know how much this game means to them. The seniors played well, and the freshman took care of business with his goal.”

FORT OSAGE 1, NORTH KANSAS CITY 0: The Fort Osage boys soccer team had its hands full with upset-minded North Kansas City in Monday night’s Class 3 District 15 match at William Chrisman High School, but the Indians held on thanks to Richmond Forbis’ penalty-kick goal in the 65th minute.

Forbis was awarded the PK after a North KC handball. Fort held on and downed the Hornets for the second time in four days.

The Indians (13-9-1) will meet Liberty in the championship at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Blue Jays downed Fort 9-0 in the teams’ regular-season meeting.

LIBERTY 3, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 0: The Bears fell behind 2-0 in the first half and never caught up in the Class 3 District 15 match at William Chrisman High School.

“I thought the boys put themselves in position to compete with Liberty,” Chrisman coach John Straub said. “It just didn’t come together.”

The Bears (6-14-1) opened district play with a 1-0 win over Winnetonka on Saturday as Jerry Snow scored the only goal.

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 2, VAN HORN 1: The Falcons played great for 77 minutes, but they needed three more as host Excelsior Springs scored a tying goal in the 77th minute to force overtime and tallied the game-winner of OT No. 2 in the Class 2 District 15 match.

Gilderto Perez scored in the 63rd minute on an assist from Luis Rodriguez to give Van Horn (5-16-4) the initial lead.

“Everybody stepped up and played a phenomenal game,” Falcons coach Greg McGhee said. “We were just three minutes short. We left it all on the field tonight and it was a great effort to end the season.”