• Jags realize need to improve despite win

  • Blue Springs South coach Greg Oder might not file his team’s 34-7 win Friday at Lee’s Summit North into the improving-each-week folder.

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  • Blue Springs South coach Greg Oder might not file his team’s 34-7 win Friday at Lee’s Summit North into the improving-each-week folder.
    The Class 6 No. 10 Jaguars lost three fumbles and got flagged for 11 penalties, but after notching the game’s first two scores just 16 seconds apart in the second quarter, they weren’t in danger against the struggling host Broncos and improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Suburban Big Six.
    “We won’t run out of things to work on, that’s for sure,” South coach Greg Oder said.
    Oder might find plenty of bright spots in his team’s defensive performance, though, as the Jaguars sacked North quarterback Matt Brumfield six times and limited the Broncos (1-6, 0-4) to just 153 yards.
    “We needed to wake up, and in the second quarter we came out and did what we needed to do,” said South linebacker Cameron Klim, who had four of the team’s 12 tackles for loss.
    After surviving a pair of turnovers near midfield, the Jaguars drove 80 yards in seven plays for the game’s first touchdown.
    Brandin Dandridge made a twisting first-down catch on fourth-and-9, setting up his 22-yard score off a receiver screen on the next play. Colton Pogue booted the first of his four PATs at the 8:50 mark.
    Donny Monroe then recovered a North fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and the next snap saw Dalton Brewer go untouched on an option keeper for a 23-yard TD.
    “Anytime somebody makes a big play, it puts more energy in everyone, even on both sides of the ball,” Oder said.
    “First quarter, we seemed a little slow. I don’t know exactly why – I’ll have to watch the tape – but they were definitely playing faster than us.”
    Late in the second quarter, linebacker Daniel Lohman intercepted Brumfield to give South possession at the Bronco 45. A holding penalty negated Trey Ervin’s touchdown on a second-down option pitch, but the Jaguars went back to Ervin.
    From the North 40, Brewer fired a backwards lateral left to Jordan Conaty, who lofted a pass to a lonely Ervin down the right side and produced a three-touchdown halftime lead.
    After South’s third lost fumble set up Lee’s Summit North just 34 yards away, the Broncos got on the board with 5:52 left in the third, as Brumfield connected with Brett Conrow on a fourth-down pass from 18 yards out to cap a 34-yard drive.
    South responded on its next possession as Dylan Hernandez turned a routine catch into a 24-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Tyler Layton’s 57-yard punt return and Sandridge’s sideline toe-touch for a 28-yard catch set up Khorey Kilgore’s 1-yard TD plunge.
    Kilgore finished with 78 yards on just 11 carries while Brewer added 56 yards on six totes and completed 15 of 22 passes for 167 yards. Sandridge caught seven balls for 99 yards. The Jaguars limited Bronco running back Josh Caldwell to 55 yards on 19 carries, including no yardage on seven second-half tries. Brumfield and Kinloch Gray were a combined 10 of 24 for 147 yards.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We made some big plays (on defense),” Oder said. “They helped us some with mistakes, but we had some major tackles for loss, and we made some stops when we needed them.”

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