The Blue Springs High School football team was looking for the knockout blow against longtime rival Rockhurst Friday when quarterback Chase Donohoe performed surgery on the Hawklets secondary.
His pinpoint 22-yard touchdown pass to Tyree King in the near corner of the end zone capped off a dominating 24-7 victory over the previously unbeaten Hawklets and helped the Wildcats improve to 5-1 Friday night at Rockhurst High School’s Dasta Stadium.
Rockhurst (5-1) was doing all it could to stop running back Jaylen Ivey, who finished the game with 153 yards and two touchdowns – including a spectacular 25-yard run – on 32 carries, so coach Kelly Donohoe called for the corner rout to Ivey.
And his son delivered.
“Chase threw that ball about the only place it was going to be caught and not be intercepted,” Kelly Donohoe said. “He played a great game tonight. As he continues to grow, we’re going to feel more and more confident with our passing game.
“Teams aren’t going to be able to put all their defenders on the line in an attempt to stop Jaylen. That pass was so big, it was just about perfect.”
Rockhurst defensive back Josh Moore was all over King in the near corner of the end zone, but the deft pass found its way into the hands of the Wildcats senior receiver.
“Tyree made a great catch,” said Chase, who was 8 of 13 for 119 yards and the score. “I’ve been thinking all week about those three interceptions I threw last week (in a come-from-behind 35-21 victory over Shawnee Mission West) and I wanted to come out and do all I could to help my team win tonight.
“I was really happy with that pass, because it gave us the big lead late in the game.”
After last week’s victory at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium, in which his team trailed 21-14 at the half, Kelly Donohoe challenged his team.
“I told the guys I wanted four good quarters of football against Rockhurst,” the veteran coach said, “and we got three great quarters – a great first half and a solid fourth quarter. Now, we can keep working on getting four quarters.
“I’m just so proud of our guys. We made a few mistakes tonight, but were able to overcome them. You know, we’re 5-1 and tonight, and our win over Lee’s Summit West, were the only games we didn’t go into the locker room behind. So we’re improving every week.”
Ivey gave Blue Springs a 10-0 lead at 9:46 of the second period on a 4-yard run and a 17-0 halftime lead when he rolled over a Rockhurst defender, managed to regain an upright position and score on a 25-yard run.
“The guy tackled me, but I knew my body never touched the ground,” Ivey said, “so I just kept running.”
An appreciative Chase Donohoe said, “He’s such a stud. He makes my job easy.”
Tristin Williams got the Wildcats on the scoreboard early in the game when he kicked a 29-yard field goal at 5:23 of the first quarter.