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Examiner
  • Watkins, defense spark Cats past rival Jags

  • Blue Springs High School defensive coordinator Tim Dade spent more time watching film than a movie critic this past week, and it paid off with an impressive 35-14 victory over rival Blue Springs South Friday night at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.

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  • Blue Springs High School defensive coordinator Tim Dade spent more time watching film than a movie critic this past week, and it paid off with an impressive 35-14 victory over rival Blue Springs South Friday night at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.
    The super-charged Wildcats defense held Blue Springs South to just 113 yards of total offense, blocked a punt that led to a touchdown and even put six points on the scoreboard following a Donte Watkins 29-yard interception return for a touchdown.
    The win gives Class 6 No. 2 Blue Springs a 6-1 overall record, a 3-0 Suburban Big Six mark and was the fourth win in a row over the Jaguars. South, ranked No. 10 in the state, falls to 4-3 and 2-1 and now trails in the all-time series 10-9.
    “Coach Dade had a great defensive game plan tonight,” Wildcats head coach Kelly Donohoe said after a group of seniors – who have never lost to Blue Springs South – posed for a postgame photo at midfield. “They are such a good team, and they are so well coached, but we had our guys ready to play tonight, too.”
    Senior lineman Jason Young and Watkins backed that statement.
    “We were expecting a lot more off-tackle stuff up front and they tried to challenge us and it didn't work for them,” said Young, who dominated on the line and blocked a punt that led to a 1-yard Dalvin Warmack touchdown run.
    “They showed us some different looks, but nothing worked because our coaches had us so well prepared. We stopped everything. We knew what they were going to do before they did it. On the blocked put, I went in from the outside, just like we worked on it at practice, and got the block. This was a great day for our defense.
    “We tore 'em up. They kept digging a hole and we put 'em in it.”
    South's Dalton Brewer hooked up with Khorey Kilgore on an 81-yard touchdown play early in the third period to cut the Blue Springs lead to 21-7. But moments later, Watkins picked off the South quarterback and returned it for a 29-yard touchdown.
    “Credit Coach Dade,” Watkins said. “He saw some of their tendencies when he was watching film and I was prepared for that play. I knew when it was coming and it felt so good to get that touchdown, especially after they had just scored their first touchdown of the game on broken coverage on our part.
    “When I caught the ball and saw nothing but green field in front of me, I just wanted to run and run and run and keep on running. It's a great feeling, especially when it comes against a great team like South.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Watkins and Young were two seniors who served as inspirational leaders to the younger Wildcats all week.
    “This win was for our seniors,” said Warmack, a junior who finished the game with 18 carries for 163 yards and three scores. “To go four years and never lose to South is pretty special and we wanted to give our seniors the chance to be a part of something really special.
    “They're a great team with great coaches and players and to win like we did tonight shows how good our team is.”
    Warmack scored on runs of 1, 18 and 82 yards and quarterback Wylson Lamb and Darrius Shepherd teamed up on a 73-yard scoring play in the first period.
    “It was tough to get into an offensive rhythm because of all the penalties,” said Donohoe, as he team was penalized 12 times for 117 yards. “But you just kept waiting for Dalvin to break a run and the line did a great job blocking all night.”
    South coach Greg Oder was pleased with his team's work ethic, but that was about it.
    “We got down 21-0, but the kids kept working hard,” said Oder, whose team was penalized 15 times for 135 yards. “I was really unhappy with all the unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, and all the penalties in general.
    “It seemed like we had more penalties tonight than we had in our previous six games.”
    Ervin provided a second highlight for the Jaguars as he scored on breakaway 84-yard kickoff return with 5:59 left in the third.
     
     

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