Here’s some bad news for Blue Springs High School football opponents – Terrance Sanders is not just a breakaway threat as a wide receiver.
The junior standout, who has become the favorite target of quarterback Ian Brown, was used for the first time this season as a halfback, and he carried the ball four times for 123 yards and a touchdown in a 48-23 district victory over visiting Lee’s Summit Friday night at Peve Stadium.
He also caught touchdown passes of 31 and 40 yards to cap his big night.
The Blue Springs win sets up a much-anticipated rematch between coach Kelly Donohoe’s Wildcats and Raymore-Peculiar. Coach Tom Kruse’s squad overcame a 17-0 halftime deficit Friday night against Lee’s Summit West and put 20 points on the scoreboard in the second half to claim a 20-17 victory. That means the Wildcats will travel to Raymore-Peculiar to continue their quest for their third consecutive Class 6 state championship next Friday.
“That game is not going to be about revenge,” Dohonoe said after his starters left Friday night’s win with a 41-3 lead. “It’s going to be playing a much better game than the first time we faced them (a 31-13 loss in which the Panthers dominated all phases of the game).
“I’m just so happy for our guys the way we played tonight. What about Terrance? We thought he’d have some success in the backfield and he is just the perfect complement to Cobi.”
Cobi Bissell, the bruising running back who had a typical Bissell night – 16 carries for 151 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown run and 1-yard plunge – praised his new backfield mate.
“Terrance and I really complement each other,” Bissell said. “He had a great night, the line did a great job and, like I’ve said all season, the best defense is a good offense. We had the great running game and we were able to keep the ball away from (quarterback Drew) Lock and their offense.”
While Lock, who is committed to the University of Missouri, was on the field, he had no success against the Wildcat starters.
When Blue Springs grabbed a 41-3 lead and the running clock, Donohoe put in his second team and Lock responded with three touchdown passes, including a 4-yard strike to Hunter Allee with no time left in the game.
“Drew does not like to be hit,” said defensive tackle Khalil Davis, who had three sacks and several tackles behind the line of scrimmage, “so the game plan was to rush him hard and put seven men back in the secondary.
“I’m proud of the D-line tonight – I think this might have been our best defensive game this season.”
Donohoe agreed with that.
“The best defensive game, along with our game against Lee’s Summit West, and everyone contributed tonight. Those big guys on the line really got after Lock, and we had the seven guys go back and play some great defense against the pass.”
Blue Springs took an early 6-3 lead on a 31-yard pass from Brown to Sanders. Sanders then made a highlight reel touchdown reception when he snagged the ball away from Tigers defender Zach Mitchell to make the score 13-3.
Sanders then broke free for a 66-yard run that set up a 1-yard TD effort by Bissell. Sanders capped his big night with a 30-yard run.
“All the credit goes to my line, Ian and our coaches,” Sanders said. “I could not have had this success without them.”
Brown finished the game completing 6 of 12 passes for 108 yards and the two TD strikes to Sanders.