Steven Sullivan paused for a moment, when Connor Harris entered the conversation.

Steven Sullivan paused for a moment, when Connor Harris entered the conversation.

The Blue Springs South running back, talking after the Jaguars’ 55-16 home rout of Suburban Big Six foe Raymore-Peculiar, tried to get a subtle dig into his friend, teammate and the Jags’ quarterback.

“Which one of us had more yards tonight?” Sullivan asked, making sure Harris heard the question.

When told that Harris topped him 133 to 105, Sullivan smiled and asked, “What about all-purpose yards?”

When a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown was added, bragging rights went to Sullivan.

The two seniors laughed, and joined their teammates in the locker room. They didn’t care who had the most yards.

“You know what we care about – winning,” Harris said. “This was a big game. Ray-Pec is a very good team, and we needed this win tonight because it was our first conference game.”

Sullivan returned his second punt of the season for a touchdown (he also has a kickoff return for a touchdown) and carried the ball nine times for 105 yards and three more scores while Harris rushed for 133 yards and two scores on just five carries and completed 5-of-8 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown Friday night at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.

“We really won’t know how well we did tonight until we see the film,” Sullivan said. “I do know this – we have new guys on the line and they just keep getting better and better every week. I don’t get anything without the guys blocking for me.”

The win gives the Jaguars a 4-1 overall record and 1-0 conference mark.

The previous two weeks, the Jaguars faced the defending Class 6 state champions in Rockhurst (a 16-3 loss that was much closer than the score would indicate) and Class 5 champion Lee’s Summit West (a 28-14 win at West).

“This would have been a week where the guys could have suffered a letdown, even though Ray-Pec is a very good team, but they are too focused to have that happen,” South coach Greg Oder said.

“We have to watch the film to see how well we played tonight, but it was important to get up on Ray-Pec early so they couldn’t get a lead and run the ball and eat up the clock.”

South jumped out to a 20-0 first-quarter lead on an 11-yard run by Sullivan and his 68-yard punt return, in which he took the ball from teammate Ben Harvel on a reverse and outran a host of Ray-Pec defenders.

Sullivan capped a big first-quarter with a 1-yard score.

Harris scored his first touchdown in the second quarter on a 3-yard run then had Jaguar fans on their feet cheering as he ripped off a 65-yard touchdown run in the third period.
“He’s so big and strong,” Oder said of Harris, “that you don’t think he’s as fast as he is. He showed everyone how fast he is on that run.”

Harris also hooked up with Leland Anderson on a 54-yard touchdown play, and Sullivan added a third touchdown carry with a 5-yard burst.

Trey Ervin scored South’s final touchdown on a 34-yard run.

“Our goal is to get better every week, and I think we’re doing that,” Harris said. “This was one of those wins where everyone contributed. You need something like to beat a team like Ray-Pec.”