Blue Springs South senior quarterback Noah Nigro tossed two touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 38-6 victory over Liberty North Friday night at William Jewell, but his teammate Adam Cofield — a senior running back — threw the highlight reel touchdown.
“We have some respectable guys and they work real hard,” Nigro said of his teammates. “Everybody is playing for the team and not for themselves.”
And that teamwork really was on display in the second quarter. Already ahead 14-6 midway through the second quarter, Blue Springs South took over at its 47-yard line after an interception by junior Cale Connors.
The Jaguars decided to immediately hit Liberty North with a trick play. Nigro tossed the ball to Cofield, who ran a few feet to his right and then threw a perfect spiral to wide-open teammate Jake Lamb.
“We have been working that play all week,” Cofield said. “Once I saw it, I knew we could get some good yardage on it.”
Lamb caught the pass and easily ran into the end zone. The extra point by junior Jake Roark increased Blue Springs South’s lead to 21-7 with 5 minutes, 9 seconds left in the second quarter.
Liberty North never recovered.
Blue Springs South struck first in the game, giving a preview of their diverse offense in the game’s opening drive. Blue Springs South went 74 yards in 10 plays. Nigro completed a couple of passes and Cofield broke off a couple of nice runs. Teammate Jerome Hawkins had a 26-yard run. Those plays led to a 2-yard touchdown run by Myles Davis.
The extra point by Roark gave Blue Springs South a 7-0 lead with 6:57 left in the first quarter.
“Coach said march down the field, do your job and we will make it happen,” Cofield said.
Late in the first quarter, Liberty North got its offense on track, going 52 yards in three plays. Sophomore Chris Hampson capped the quick drive with a 12-yard run. Although the Eagles missed the extra point, they trailed by only one point with 1:36 left.
The second quarter was all Blue Springs South. The Jaguars increased their lead to 14-6 on a 25-yard pass play from Nigro to Hawkins, with 8:40 left in the second quarter.
“Their big skill guys did a good job blocking down field,” Liberty North coach Ken Clemens said. “They are awfully good football players.”
At halftime, Blue Springs South held a 24-6 lead. The Jaguars continued their domination in the second half. Late in the third quarter, Nigro threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Briley Moore-McKinney.
The Jaguars tacked on another touchdown midway through the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Davis.
The multiple options on offense by Blue Springs South gave Liberty North trouble throughout the game.
One of the bright spots for Liberty North was the play of senior wide receiver Jack Degarmo, who hauled in passes of 38 yards and 24 yards. On defense, Liberty North senior JD Braden picked off a pass during Blue Springs South’s first drive in the third quarter.
“There were a couple of drives we moved it well,” Clemens said. “I felt there was a point there where we were physically able to play with them. They got a couple of scores up on us and they started manhandling us.”