OLATHE, Kan. – Quarterback Camden Sprouse found his way into the Blue Springs South High School football record book, and kicker Jake Roark nearly added to his own mark.
Roark just missed his own record by a yard and the Jaguars offense, defense and special teams put on a show across the state line as they manhandled Olathe North 34-7 at the Olathe District Activity Complex.
Sprouse threw the longest touchdown in South history, hitting D.J. Frost on a 95-yard bomb with just five seconds left in the first quarter to kick off a 17-for-27 night with 327 yards and two touchdowns. The big left-hander also ran for a 3-yard touchdown.
Roark connected on field goal tries of 26 and 45 yards, with the 45-yarder a yard short of the Jaguars school mark. He also booted four extra points, and all but two of his kickoffs soared out of the end zone, but one was muffed by an Eagles player and recovered by Tillman McClunie.
Four plays later, Austin Terry scored on a 9-yard run to give the Jaguars a 34-0 lead.
North managed to score its lone touchdown with the South starters on the sidelines as Mason Meyers found the end zone on a 54-yard run with 2:21 left.
While Sprouse, Frost (5 receptions for 125 yards) and Jerome Hawkins (seven receptions for 132 yards and a 57-yard TD) attracted much of the spotlight, the Jaguar defense stood center stage early.
The Eagles saw a 14-play drive to come an end when most of the members of the South defensive line crushed running back Jonya Bond on an unsuccessful fourth-and-goal attempt from the 1-yard line.
“That was big,” South coach Jon Oyler said. “That set the stage for the rest of the game.”
Defensive lineman Malik Cadenhead agreed said the goal-line stand provided a spark.
“That was huge, huge, huge,” Cadenhead said. “That gave us the momentum we needed, the momentum we used the rest of the game. Cam threw that touchdown right after we made that defensive stand and we played hard the rest of the game.
“I love my brothers and we came over to win, and we did.”
Frost said the record-setting touchdown was the byproduct of a perfect throw.
“Camden hit me in stride, all I had to do was catch it,” Frost said. “It was a perfect pass. I had God on my back and he helped carry us to this win.”
Sprouse said the Jaguars are a work in progress.
“We’ve played better each week and hope to play even better our next game,” Sprouse said. “Tonight just felt great because the offense, defense and special teams all contributed.”
Roark said he wished his 45-yard field goal would have been a yard or two longer, but added grinning, “When you win, you can’t complain. We all did our jobs tonight and got a big win.”