Blue Springs South’s football team is a win away from one of the most remarkable seasons in the history of Eastern Jackson County.

The 11-2 Jaguars lost two of their first three games, and are now a win away from the second state championship in school history.

“It’s all pretty amazing,” said linebacker Armahn King, who moved to South last year from the Lee’s Summit School District.

Blue Springs South’s football team is a win away from one of the most remarkable seasons in the history of Eastern Jackson County.
The 11-2 Jaguars lost two of their first three games, and are now a win away from the second state championship in school history.
“It’s all pretty amazing,” said linebacker Armahn King, who moved to South last year from the Lee’s Summit School District.
“When I got here, I played cornerback. I didn’t play that much last year, but this year, I really feel honored to be a part of a team that’s going for a state championship.
King has become another in the line of standout linebackers at South, joining the likes of Jon Oyler, Tony Matzke, Steven Brooks and Willie Horn.
“He ranks with the best,” South coach Greg Oder said. “What makes it so special for Armahn is that he played corner last year. We asked him to move to a new position, which he did. He looks like he’s played there all his life.”
King has eight sacks on the season and came away with a huge fumble recovery in last week’s 16-10 semifinal win over Jefferson City.
The Jaguars will meet 11-2 Hazelwood Central at 6:20 p.m. Saturday in the Dome in St. Louis (the game will not be televised but will be broadcast on KCWJ, 1030 AM with the pregame show starting at 5:30 p.m.).
South linebacker coach Ryan Gettings knew this was going to be a special season for King after spending some time with the newcomer early in the season.
“Armahn is the type of kid who watches a football game on the weekend, then comes into school and talks all about it,” Gettings said. “He has a football intelligence and intellect that makes him special.
“And he has a nose for the ball. If there’s a big defensive play, you’ll usually find Armahn in the middle of it.”
One of the first things King did when he enrolled at South was ask about the great teams of the past.
“You have guys like Randy (Haller, middle linebacker) who grew up in Blue Springs and who talk about all the great teams and players they watched when they were growing up.
“I love to listen to them talk about the great players. It’s just such a blessing to be a part of something special like this team. We’re more than teammates, we’re a family.”
While King picked up a Jefferson City fumble on the Jaguars’ 5-yard line, he also picked off a pass to end another Jays threat.
“He makes the big plays, when a big play needs to be made,” Oder said. “He has a great football sense. That’s not something you can coach, that just comes naturally.”
When this season began, and the Jaguars lost 42-14 to Rockhurst on ESPN and followed with a heartbreaking loss at Raymore-Peculiar, King didn’t get down.
“We knew we were going to get better, game after game, practice after practice,” King said. “Some teams might have quit after that loss on ESPN, but there’s no quit in the players on this team.
“I think that loss just made us go out and work harder. And now, we’re seeing that hard work really does pay off.”