Lee’s Summit quarterback Drew Lock scrambled to his left, turned downfield and heaved an off-balance throw toward his top receiver. Eighty yards later, Hunter Allee sprinted into the end zone, giving the Tigers a seven-point lead on their first play from scrimmage at Blue Springs.
It took Blue Springs only two plays to answer on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Ian Brown to Tamarick Quinney.
In 37 seconds, the shootout was on.
Blue Springs had more bullets in its arsenal.
The Wildcats pulled away in the second half for a 47-28 victory in a Suburban Gold Conference matchup. Blue Springs, 4-1, held Lee’s Summit to seven points in the second half after the two offenses dominated the opening two quarters.
“It took us a little bit of time to get going — we had kind of a rough start — but that’s how we play defense right there,” senior defensive tackle Carlos Davis said. “We were really executing everything really well in the second half.”
Lock threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns in the first half — despite being sacked six times — but he managed only 60 after halftime.
Davis and his fellow linemen played their part in that. Lock was forced to scramble most of the night against a Blue Springs defensive line that overmatched Lee’s Summit up front.
The Wildcats finished with eight sacks. Davis had 4 1/2, including 3 1/2 before halftime.
“They definitely made it tough,” said Lock, a Missouri commit who is ranked as the top quarterback in the state.
“We knew they were going to bring some pressure. We prepped for that. It was tough. But we made plays. Wide receivers got open. I just wish we could’ve done that the whole game.”
As assertive as the Wildcats’ defensive line was after halftime, its offensive line was equally dominant for the entire four quarters.
It paved the way for 213 yards and three touchdowns from tailback Cobi Bissell, who has admirably replaced two-time Simone Award winner Dalvin Warmack in the opening five weeks.
Terrance Sanders turned only 4 carries into 80 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Quarterback Ian Brown scored on a 1-yard run, giving Blue Springs a 33-21 lead at halftime.
But Bissell was the key cog in the rushing attack for most of the night. He had 169 yards in the first two quarters, with 68 of them coming on one touchdown run.
“We always knew he was a good back,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said. “He’s that tough, old-school guy. We knew he would have a really good year, but I’m really excited about what those guys are doing up front. I think their confidence is growing, and that’s important for us.”
Blue Springs has scored 127 points in three weeks since its loss at Fort Osage — the team’s first defeat in nearly two seasons.
“We needed that loss,” Davis said. “We were very complacent. That just got us out of our complacency. We changed everything around after that.”