It’s been a busy week for Blue Springs High School head football coach and activities director Kelly Donohoe.
First, it’s homecoming week, which always provides special challenges for a football coach who is attempting to keep his team focused on tonight’s key Suburban Big Six matchup against a much improved and state-ranked Lee’s Summit North team that is coached by former Wildcats star running back Jamar Mozee.
Second, Donohoe’s Wildcats are trying to rebound from a 17-0 loss at Rockhurst in which the Blue Springs offense never got on track and finished with just 103 total yards after rushing for more than 450 yards in a season-opening victory over William Chrisman.
And finally, for the first time in school history, the Wildcats soccer and football teams are playing a doubleheader with the soccer game against Oak Park beginning at 4 p.m. at Peve Stadium and the football game against the Broncos scheduled for 7 p.m.
Both will be televised by Spectrum Sports Kansas City (Comcast Cable channel 44, 913 HD).
Here are a few things fans need to know:
• “First and foremost, if someone comes out to the soccer game, that ticket will be good for the football game,” Donohoe said. “Even if they come to the soccer game and want to go get something to eat, they can get back into the football game with their ticket stub.”
• “If the soccer game finishes in regulation, it should end about 5:50 and we will be able to start the football game at 7. If it goes to overtime, or a shootout, we think the latest the football game would start would be 7:30, which isn’t a big deal because we want to get our soccer kids some attention as Spectrum Sports will be televising both games.”
• “We’re keeping a close eye on the weather and right now (Thursday afternoon) it looks like a 50 to 60 percent chance of rain, but the heavy storms are not in the forecast for the evening. So our fans might get wet, but hopefully we will get both games in on Friday and not have to move anything over to Saturday.”
Donohoe said the eighth-ranked football team has had a good week of practice and he is eagerly anticipating tonight’s clash with the fourth-ranked Broncos, who are 2-0 after convincing wins over Liberty North (40-13) and St. Joseph Central (41-7).
“I was talking to Tony (Severino, the Rockhurst head coach) and he said his team responded really well after they lost their opener, and they prepared to play us,” Donohoe said. “And I can say the same thing.
“We’re worked on a few things and the team has really worked hard. We’re all excited and we’ll be ready for Lee’s Summit North.”