On a picture perfect night for football, the Blue Springs defense got off to a perfect start.
Senior linebacker Drake Foreman’s interception on the second play set the Wildcats up for a quick touchdown in the first minute of Friday’s showdown at Lee’s Summit West.
Top-ranked Blue Springs never trailed in grinding out a 19-6 victory over the No. 7 Titans.
Foreman’s pick set the tone.
“It definitely boosted our confidence up,” Blue Springs senior defensive lineman Daniel Parker said. “We came to a great team’s home field, and we started off strong. It was really a good momentum shift.”
Parker’s coach readily agreed.
“What a way to start the game,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said. “That was big. And I thought the defense deserved that kind of love tonight. Against those kind of playmakers, holding them to six points was very special.”
Parker and Co. weren’t done shifting the momentum.
Lee’s Summit West (1-1) responded with a 16-play, 79-yard drive when it got the ball back after Foreman’s interception. Unfortunately for the Titans, they needed 1 more yard to try to tie the game.
Blue Springs (2-0) stymied the drive, keeping Lee’s Summit West out of the end zone with a goal-line stand that included two stops from the 1-yard line.
“We’re a close-knit team, we believe in one another, and everybody just tries to go out there and do (their job),” Parker said. “Once we line up on that goal line, we know for a fact no one’s going to get by us, because we trust in one another and we’re some dogs up front.”
Blue Springs’ 1-2 punch of Michael Warmack and Cade Musser powered the offense. Warmack ran for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Musser ran for 80 yards, but it was his 20-yard touchdown pass to Matt Marzolf on 4th-and-6 that proved to be the winning margin.
“We just knew as much as we run the ball, they were going to jump up on that,” Donohoe said. “That’s exactly what they did. I told Cade it was the ugliest pass I’ve ever seen, but it was productive.”
The Wildcats played to the final whistle, driving for a field goal in the last minute despite having the game won.
“District points are huge. You have to win by 13 (to get full points), so that was big,” Donohoe said. “Every year in every district, a team gets knocked down because of the 13 spread, so if you get to 13, you get it.”
Lee’s Summit West got 121 yards passing and a touchdown from junior quarterback Ben Kobel, but the Titans couldn’t overcome two turnovers and failing to score on that long first half drive.