Colton Pogue paced the sideline anxiously for more than a quarter.
Always near his Blue Springs South coaches, ready to grab his helmet and sprint back into the huddle.
Pogue, a senior quarterback and place-kicker, was hoping for another chance. First, he had to wait for the doctor on the sideline to clear him after taking a first-quarter hit to the head.
When the opportunity arrived after halftime Pogue made the most of it, guiding the Jaguars to a 23-20 comeback win over visiting Staley on Friday.
“I was itching to get back out there,” said Pogue, who was 13 of 22 passing for 128 yards and a touchdown, nearly all of it in the second half. “It was a precautionary thing, and they determined there was nothing wrong.”
It was Pogue’s 45-yard scramble for touchdown with 4:59 left in the game that put the Jaguars ahead 16-13 — giving them their first lead of the second half. It was one they didn’t relinquish, even in the frantic final minutes that included a last-minute Staley touchdown and onside kick attempt before Blue Springs South, 3-1, ran out the clock.
All that after a first half that made it seem unlikely anyone would reach the end zone.
The ugly first-half numbers for both team combined: 16 possessions, 12 punts, five first downs, 78 yards of offense.
Blue Springs South took a 3-0 lead into halftime while Pogue waited and watched Robert Jones, his backup at kicker, make the 33-yard field goal that was the only score of the first half.
But it didn’t take long for the game to change in the third.
Three plays in, Staley running back Faizol Bouchard backpedaled in the flat and caught Jordan Robben’s pass, then broke lose for a 77-yard touchdown that put the Falcons up 7-3 less than 1 minute in.
Robben scored on a 51-yard bootleg that ended the third as the Falcons, 2-2, went up by 10 heading into the fourth.
And that’s when Pogue and Blue Springs South running back Emery Ester, who had scoring runs of 4 and 52 yards, took over behind an offensive line that created holes that it wasn’t able to in the first half.
“We sure felt like we had an opportunity to win this one and in some ways let that slip away,” Staley coach Fred Bouchard said.