Darrian Miller’s 171-yard, four-touchdown performance – which enabled the junior back to surpass the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the Blue Springs High School football team – was little more than an afterthought Friday.

Darrian Miller’s 171-yard, four-touchdown performance – which enabled the junior back to surpass the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the Blue Springs High School football team – was little more than an afterthought Friday.
That’s because the Wildcats crushed Columbia Rock Bridge 49-14 Friday night at Peve Stadium to win the 16th district title in school history.
The win gives the 9-1 Wildcats a 3-0 record in Class 6 District 8 action and sets the stage for a home Class 6 sectional playoff next Friday against Lee’s Summit, which beat Lee’s Summit North to 24-21 Friday to earn the runner-up spot in District 7.
“I’ll be honest with you,” said Miller, who carried the ball 17 times for an average of just more than 10 yards per carry, “the win is the most important thing. I rushed for 2,000 yards because of my offensive line, our great offense and our coaching staff.
“I don’t see it as anything special, really. It’s probably more special for the guys who were blocking for me – they’re the reason you’re talking to me right now.”
Miller finished the regular season with 2,031 yards and 32 touchdowns.
While Miller was the man of the hour, senior quarterback Jared Lanpher went out with a regular-season bang, completing 13 of 19 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
Yet all he wanted to talk about was Miller.
“He makes runs I don’t believe,” Lanpher said. “He looked like he was stopped a couple of times tonight and he makes touchdowns. And he got 2,000 yards basically playing half a season.”
That’s because the Wildcats scored 42 or more points in nine of their 10 regular-season games and the starters were usually out of the game by the start of the third quarter.
“That’s what makes Darrian’s accomplishments so special,” said coach Kelly Donohoe, who likes to sit his starters early in blowout victories. “We thought this was going to be a special season, but what these guys have done is pretty remarkable. I’ve never been a part of a team that has scored 42 or more points in all but one game.”
Miller scored the first touchdown of the game with a jaw-dropping 12-yard run in which he collided with two Rock Bridge defenders, bouncing over each of them, en route to the end zone. The extra-point kick was wide, making the score 6-0.
He then scored on a 1-yard run, and a two-point attempt failed, allowing Rock Bridge to take a short 14-12 lead on touchdown runs of 21 and 74 yards by University of Oklahoma-bound tailback Trey Millard.
With 1:53 left in the half, Lanpher and Jordan Nubine hooked up on a 17-yard pass play and Keeston Terry ran in the two-point conversion to allow the Wildcats to take a 20-14 lead into halftime.
“The score before the half was huge,” Donohoe said. “That gave us a lot of confidence going into the half.”
On the first play of the third quarter, Lanpher hit Terry with a 54-yard touchdown pass down the near sidelines and the rout was on.
“There was never any panic, and we wanted to come out and hit them quick in the third quarter,” Terry said. “This was just a great way to end the regular season and get ready for the playoffs.”
While the offense was in high gear, Jordan Chrisman and the Wildcats defense kept Rock Bridge (5-5) out of the end zone in the second half, although the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Millard finished the game with 170 rushing yards.
“We wanted to keep them from making the big plays, and we did that pretty well except for the 74-yard run,” said Chrisman, who had several dramatic tackles of Millard at the line of scrimmage. “When we trailed 14-12 we knew the offense was going to take care of us. I’ve never seen anything like our offense this season.”
The Wildcats scored on 5 and 14 yard runs by Miller and a 19-yard pass from Lanpher to Jake Middleton before Donohoe cleared the bench – for the ninth time this season – to bring in the reserves.