The Blue Springs football team quickly eased coach Kelly Donohoe’s mind Friday night.

The Blue Springs football team quickly eased coach Kelly Donohoe’s mind Friday night.

Donohoe wondered what the Wildcats’ intensity level would be against Lee’s Summit.  Although Blue Springs had “practiced pretty well” leading up to Lee’s Summit’s homecoming game, it “just didn’t seem like we had that heightened focus that we were hoping to have,” he said. He also was concerned because the Wildcats were without some key personnel, including wide receiver Deiondre Hall, who sat out with a groin pull.

But when Blue Springs raced to a 21-0 lead in the first 6:07, Donohoe knew his team would be fine.

“You can’t fall in a hole like that and bounce back against a pretty good team, like we are,” Donohoe said.

Indeed, sparked by their quick start, the Wildcats (3-2, 1-0 Suburban Big Six) built a 35-0 halftime lead, scoring on their first five possessions. They went on to win 42-7, giving them their 16th straight victory over Lee’s Summit.

“Our kids really played well,” Donohoe said.

Specifically, Donohoe was pleased with Blue Springs’ running game. The Wildcats amassed 316 yards rushing, including 124 yards on 11 carries during the first quarter.
Dalvin Warmack and Marcus Brown paced the ground game with 113 and 90, yards, respectively, and a touchdown apiece.

“After the first series, holes started to opening up,” Brown said. “We’ve been practicing it (running game) all week. (For our) first conference game, we just wanted to come out and show people what we’ve got.”

The Wildcats also “made enough plays in the passing game to create a little balance” offensively, Donohoe said. Although quarterbacks Wylson Lamb and Kyle Brown threw for a combined 58 yards, they completed six of nine passes and each tossed a TD pass.

 In addition, Donohoe was impressed with Blue Springs’ defense, which held Lee’s Summit to (-)10 yards rushing and 133 yards passing. The Wildcats also intercepted a pass.

“Our defense continues to improve every week – and that’s really, really big for our program,” he said.  

Brown praised Blue Springs’ ability to unite and get the victory with Hall out of the lineup.

“He’s a huge part of our offense and defense,” said Brown, who will help lead the Wildcats next week as they host Raymore-Peculiar (1-4, 0-3). “With him out, (it) makes a huge difference.”

For the Tigers (3-2, 2-1), Friday is a night they hope to forget, according to coach Eric Thomas.

“We’re going to bury this one somewhere in the realms of trash and try to get ready for Liberty (next week),” Thomas said. “That’s the next step. We can’t relive this game or do anything about it. All we can do is try to go forward and get better from here.”