Eight weeks ago Blue Springs South senior quarterback Chris Swingle was sidelined with a broken fibula and ligament damage. Thursday night, he led the Jaguars to victory.
In his second game back, Swingle threw for 323 yards and two touchdown passes as Blue Springs South spoiled Liberty’s senior night with a 35-23 victory at William Jewell College.
“He’s doing pretty well,” Blue Springs South head coach Greg Oder said of Swingle. “He had a good game tonight.”
With the victory, Blue Springs South improved to 5-4 on the season and 3-2 in Suburban Big 6 league play. Liberty dropped to 6-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
It was the second straight victory for the Jaguars, who had dropped their previous three games.
“We’re finally getting the pieces put back to where they belong,” Oder said.
The two teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter with Blue Springs South taking an early lead with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Swingle to senior wide receiver Brandin Dandridge. That was the first of two occasions the pair connected in the end zone.
The Jaguars lost the ball on a fumble on their next possession. That led to a 36-yard touchdown run by Liberty’s Devon Bryant.
At the beginning of the second quarter, the Jaguars handed it off to senior running back Emery Ester on back-to-back plays. The second of those was a 23-yard touchdown run. Ester then completed a two-point conversion that put the Jaguars back on top 14-7 and made up for an earlier missed extra point.
The Blue Jays responded with a 37-yard touchdown pass from AJ Cambric to Jackson Redmond.
That’s when Blue Springs South was able to gain some separation with a pair of interceptions off Cambric.
The first was picked off at the Liberty 14 and run back by Alex Franklin for a touchdown. On the next possession, Cameron Klim intercepted Cambric again. That set up a 65-yard touchdown pass from Swingle to Dandridge.
Liberty struck back a little just before the half with Blue Springs South starting at its own 2-yard line. Swingle was called for intentional grounding in the end zone which resulted in a safety by Liberty. The Blue Jays backed it up with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Cambric to Jacob Zimmerman, cutting Blue Springs South’s lead to 28-23 before the half.
After a combined 51 points in the first half, Emery provided the only points in the second with a 3-yard touchdown carry on the Jaguars’ final drive that sealed the victory.
“It is a big statement because we needed this win,” Dandridge said. “That is a lot of confidence.”