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  • Junior sparks Cats

  • For the first time in school history, Blue Springs football coach Kelly Donohoe invited every parent of every senior into the victorious locker room after his Wildcats dominated Raymore-Peculiar 42-14.

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  • For the first time in school history, Blue Springs football coach Kelly Donohoe invited every parent of every senior into the victorious locker room after his Wildcats dominated Raymore-Peculiar 42-14.
    As the parents entered the Peve Stadium locker room Friday night after a special Senior Night, they made various comments about the purple and gold decorations, the smell, the post-game treats and that pungent smell.
    “Smells like victory to me,” said one mom, and that comment elicited applause from her peers and their children.
    While it was Senior Night, a junior stole the show as junior running back Dalvin Warmack led the Wildcats with his first five-touchdown night of the season – carrying the ball 20 times for 153 yards and three scores and catching two passes for 80 yards and two more touchdowns.
    “This night belongs to the seniors,” the soft-spoken Warmack said after boosting his season touchdown total to 25. “There were a lot of distractions this week, but we didn't let them bother us. We worked hard watching film, we worked hard in practice and we worked hard tonight.
    “All the guys contributed to this win.”
    Senior Wylson Lamb enjoyed a career night, completing 8 of 11 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns and carrying the ball six times for 94 yards – including a 78-yard fourth-quarter sprint in which he outran the members of the Panthers secondary.
    When it was explained to Lamb that a visitor didn't know he was that fast, the lanky quarterback grinned and said, “You didn't? I have another gear when I get in the open.”
    The Wildcats dominated every phase of the game to improve to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Suburban Big Six.
    “I wasn't very happy with the way the defense played,” senior defensive lineman Jason Young said. “We missed some assignments – like when their quarterback ran for that touchdown.
    “There should have been someone there to stop him – but that's all right. It didn't hurt us tonight and we learned that we can't make a mistake like that down the road or it could cost us our season. But we'll take this win.”
    It didn't take long for the Wildcats to take command of the game as Warmack scored on a 4-yard run at 5:44 of the first quarter and followed with a 29-yard touchdown run minutes later.
    Ray-Pec cut the deficit to 14-7 by scoring in the opening minutes of the second quarter, but Blue Springs followed with a 52-yard flip pass from Lamb to Warmack and a 1-yard Warmack run with just 49 seconds left in the half.
    “It was big to get that fourth touchdown and take a 28-7 lead into the half,” Lamb said, “because we didn't want to let them get back into the game.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Ray-Pec scored on its opening drive of the third quarter, but the Wildcats countered with a 29-yard scoring strike from Lamb to Warmack and Lamb's 78-yard run in the fourth quarter.
    “I'm just so proud of these guys,” an emotional Donohoe said after seniors and their parents exchanged heartfelt comments. “This week, Dalvin was the Hy-Vee Player of the Week – a TV station came out to do a story – the Chiefs came out (to present Donohoe with a game ball as he was named the Chiefs Coach of the Week) and it was homecoming.
    “And the kids never let anything distract them. We had as good a practice as we've had all season on Wednesday and followed up with more good work on Thursday. I think the seniors – and really, everyone on this team – realize this can be a special year and they don't want to do anything to mess it up.”
     
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