Good times were back in the Blue Springs South locker room after a resounding 49-7 win Friday over Raytown South at Ted Chittwood Stadium in Raytown.

Oh my, what a feeling for a program used to winning.

Good times were back in the Blue Springs South locker room after a resounding 49-7 win Friday over Raytown South at Ted Chittwood Stadium in Raytown.

The Jaguars, 4-6 a season ago after a Class 6 state runner-up finish in 2008, were riding high again after riding the shifty feet and strong legs of running back Chris Gilyard to victory.

“We’ve been waiting on this game for so long,” Gilyard said outside a loud and jubilant Jaguar locker room. “We haven’t won since the Lee’s Summit game last year. It’s been a long time since we could have a good time after a game like this.”

Gilyard zig-zagged his way to 86 yards rushing and two touchdowns and added another touchdown on a 40-yard punt return against Raytown South, last year’s Class 5 state semifinalist that was ranked fifth in Class 5 in this year’s preseason poll.

On a night that saw the Jaguars lose starting quarterback Calvin Jacobson with a knee injury in the first quarter, Gilyard, two-way lineman Logan Adkison and sophomore back-up quarterback Dalton Brewer showed grit and moxie to lead the charge.  

“That was tough seeing (Jacobson) go down,” Gilyard said. “He’s really the leader of our team. Hopefully he’ll be back next week – we don’t know the extent of the injury.”

Jacobson was sharp early on. The second-year starter looked poised in the pocket and showed quick feet on a couple of scrambles. Before being injured, Jacobson lead the Jaguars to a 27-point first-quarter blitz by completing 3 of 5 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.

He completed a 43-yard screen pass to senior wide receiver Christian Roustic for a touchdown that gave the Jags an early lead and later followed that with a 30-yard pass completion to senior wide out Blake Horn.

Jacobson was hurt on a 1-yard quarterback keeper.

“I don’t know, we’ll find out tomorrow – just a little tweak hopefully,” Jacobson said of the extent of his knee injury. “It’s was a roll-out (pass) and I just got high-lowed. It could be anything – it could be a bruise, it could be (more serious).”

The Jaguars scored early and scored often against the Cardinals. After Roustic’s touchdown, Adkison recovered a Raytown South fumble in the end zone and Connor Harris’ extra point made it 14-0. Three plays later, Gilyard worked his magic on the punt return and scored again on a 1-yard run to close out the first-quarter scoring barrage.

“Words can’t even express it,” Adkison said of the joy of winning. “It’s been a long time – we’re back to the old Blue Springs South, no doubt.”

Adkison was zoned in against the Cardinals. In addition to his defensive touchdown, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end/guard had two tackles for loss, a sack, a crushing block on Gilyard’s 35-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and one embarrassing moment for the ages.

Early in the first quarter Adkison lost his pregame meal all over the turf at Ted Chittwood Stadium. Not once, not twice, not three times, but four times before he could make it to the sideline and once more as he reached the Jaguars bench on the far side.

“That’s what happens when you eat (Italian food) before a football game,” Adkison quipped.

Led by Gilyard, the Jaguars raked up a total of 201 yards on the ground. Senior running back Donnell Alexander ran for 15 yards on four carries, junior Steven Sullivan rushed for 34 yards on seven carries, sophomore Stephan Mathis had 49 yards and a touchdown on three carries and junior Ben Harvel added nine yards on three carries.

Blue Springs South head coach Greg Oder said the credit for the Jaguars’ rushing success against Raytown South (0-1) goes to the heavies up front.

 “When the running backs are running like ours did tonight, that means something is going on up front,” Oder said, “so those guys up front must have done a good job, too.”

Raytown South head coach David Allie said his young team took one on the chin against the Jaguars (1-0), but will watch film Saturday and make the necessary adjustments.

“We have five guys who played varsity ball last year,” Allie said. “We got 65 guys sitting there and only five played (last year). Well, we just got our first varsity game – you’re no longer pups, you’ve been in the fire – so now we keep getting better.”