Steven Sullivan was sporting a new Blue Springs South Class 6 State Championship hoodie – a gift from his mom and dad.

Steven Sullivan was sporting a new Blue Springs South Class 6 State Championship hoodie – a gift from his mom and dad.

Connor Harris was wearing a walking boot, the result of an ankle/heel injury he has quietly battled throughout the playoffs.

As the two longtime friends entered the South activities office, they were drawn to the state championship football trophy that sat near secretary Pam Hahn’s desk.

“I need a picture of that,” Harris said, as he took his cell phone out of his pocket.
“Me too,” nodded Sullivan.

While Harris and Sullivan were two huge reasons the Jaguars were able to top Christian Brothers College High School 40-37 Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, they will be the first to tell you they didn’t do it alone.

“That was a family win, a complete team victory,” said Sullivan, who rushed for 130 yards and scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter.

Harris agreed, adding, “The line was great, the defense was big when we it needed to be and our fans were awesome. We couldn’t believe how many students and fans made the trip to St. Louis.”

But in the final analysis, it would be hard to argue that any player in the history of any class championship game did more for his team than Harris.

With 2:23 left in the game and the Jaguars clinging to a 3-point lead against the explosive Cadets, Harris picked off his second pass of the game.

Moments later, he churned his way for a title-sealing first down.

“To me, that was the play of the game,” Sullivan said, “when Connor got that last first down we knew we were state champions.”

Harris quietly nodded in agreement.

Harris is a finalist for the Simone Award, which is given to the top big-class football player in the metro area.

A week after clinching South’s state championship berth with an interception against Francis Howell, Harris picked up 106 rushing yards on 12 carries and threw for 106 yards.

He ran for a 58-yard touchdown, and returned his first interception for a 40-yard score.

He booted 33- and 21-yard field goals and boomed a 58-yard punt inside the Cadets 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter.

But he admits, “I didn’t do the team laundry after the game.”
But he probably would have, had he been asked.

“We’re living a dream right now,” Sullivan said. “We’ve been dreaming about this since we were little kids.”

Harris and Sullivan were on the South freshman team that was invited to stand on the sidelines of South’s 2006 loss to CBC in the championship game.

“From that day, all we’ve thought about is getting back to the Dome and winning state,” said Harris, who admitted that the win hasn’t really hit him."

“It hasn’t really hit me yet, either,” Sullivan said. “I think it will when we get our rings. All our coaches were wearing their state championship rings this week and that really served as motivation for all of us.

“When we put those rings on for the first time, that’s when it’s going to hit all of us.”