Jordan Chrisman didn’t know what to do or say. “I’m numb,” the Blue Springs senior defensive end said after the speedy Hazelwood Central Hawks downed his Wildcats 35-24 in the Class 6 Show-Me Bowl state championship game Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome.
Jordan Chrisman didn’t know what to do or say.
“I’m numb,” the Blue Springs senior defensive end said after the speedy Hazelwood Central Hawks downed his Wildcats 35-24 in the Class 6 Show-Me Bowl state championship game Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome.
“I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to say. I’m just numb – I don’t feel anything. Should I take off my pads or just leave them on? This isn’t the way we thought our senior year was going to come to an end.”
Chrisman and his defensive teammates could do little to stop a Hazelwood Central team that proved speed kills.
“They’re so fast and the turf here makes them even faster,” Blue Springs defensive coordinator Tim Dade said. “We knew they were fast, but we didn’t know they were as fast as what we saw tonight. And I’m talking about their offense and their defense. They made it tough for us to do a lot of the things we wanted to do.”
“We held them to one touchdown in the second half – then the punt return killed us.”
Cody Best kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:56 left in the third quarter to give the Wildcats their last lead of the game, 24-21.
On their next possession, the Hawks capped a 55-yard scoring drive with a 5-yard run by Alonzo Chappelle to take a 28-24 lead.
After an ineffective Wildcat offensive series, Jared Lanpher sent a high spiraling punt to Spencer Davis, who eluded one Wildcat defender, then sprinted down the left sideline for a 76-yard score.
“I met that young man at the media session,” Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe said, “and he can’t be 5-5 and weigh 140 pounds, but he can fly. Special teams really helped to decide this game. We muffed a punt and gave them a short field and they scored early and then we give up that punt for a score. You can’t make mistakes like that in a championship game.”
The Hawks got the ball on the 50-yard line in the second quarter following a muffed punt. Hazelwood Central quarterback Kerry Gibson capped the ensuing drive by scoring on a 3-yard run to tie the game at 14-all.
“We talked about big plays and mistakes all week,” Donohoe said. “They made the big plays and we made some costly mistakes.”
Darrian Miller, who carried the ball 36 times for 182 yards, scored the first touchdown of the game on a 3-yard run.
But the Hawks answered with a 55-yard scoring pass from Gibson to Jawayne Thomas.
The score was tied at 7-all going into the second quarter. Keeston Terry then scored on an 18-yard run out of the Wildcat formation to put Blue Springs back ahead.
Gibson tied the game on his 3-yard carry after the Blue Springs miscue on the punt, but Lanpher capped another long drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak to give the WIldcats a 21-14 lead.
With 2:57 left in the half, Tra Brown broke free on a 78-yard touchdown run and it was 21-21 at halftime.
“We didn’t do much in the second half, even though we dominated in the number of plays (88 to 41) and possession (34:32 to 13:28),” Donohoe said. “We just never got into any offensive rhythm, and their speed kept us from making the big plays.”
Terry backed his coach on that statement.
“I’ve never had guys with the speed they had guard me,” said Terry, who finished with six receptions for 38 yards. “I was surprised by their speed.”
So was Chrisman, who spent much of the evening trying to run down Gibson from his quarterback position.
“Their speed just killed us,” Chrisman said. “We’ve never seen speed like that. We didn’t see it on film, but we saw it tonight.”
CLASS 6 SHOW-ME BOWL
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BOX SCORE
HAZELWOOD CENTRAL 35, BLUE SPRINGS 24
At Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis
Blue Springs Hazelwood Central
23 First downs 12
41-218 Attempts-Yards Rushing 28-234
161 Yards Passing 87
46 Passes Attempted 13
22 Passes Completed 6
0 Passes Intercepted 0
4-36 Punts-Average 4-37
1-1 Fumbles-Lost 0-0
5-36 Penalties-Yards 3-41
BLUE SPRINGS 7 14 3 0 — 24
HAZELWOOD CENTRAL 7 14 0 14 — 35
BS — Darrian Miller 3 run (Cody Best kick), 4:00.
HC — Jawayne Thomas 55 pass from Kerry Gibson (Ryan Crandall kick), 3:43.
BS — Keeston terry 18 run (Best kick), 9:32
HC — Gibson 3 run (Crandall kick), 7:42.
BS — Lanpher 1 run (best kick), 3:17.
HC — Tra Brown 78 run (Crandall kick(, 2:57.
BS — Best 30 field goal, 1:56.
HC — Alonzo Chappelle 5 run (Crandall kick), 10:51
HC — Spencer Davis 76 punt return (Crandall kick), 7:47.