High School Sports

Blue Springs Wildcats cruise through first round of districts

After an up and down regular season, the two-time defending Missouri Class 6 champions are off to a solid start in district play.

Blue Springs cruised to a 48-23 victory against Lee’s Summit with four touchdowns from Terrance Sanders in the Missouri Class 6, District 4 tournament. The Wildcats have won three consecutive games to improve to 7-3 after back-to-back losses.

“We fought through a little adversity in the middle of the season, and they responded really well to the changes,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said. “They have a lot of confidence on both sides of the ball, and this is where we want to be.”

Blue Springs struggled early with a three-and-out on its first possession and allowed a 25-yard field goal to Jackson Lillard of Lee’s Summit.

However, it was all Wildcats from there as they scored on their next four drives to take a 27-3 lead into halftime.

Sanders started the scoring with a 31-yard touchdown catch from Ian Brown with a minute left in the first quarter. The two connected again in the second quarter for a 40-yard pass that was bobbled then caught by Sanders as he crossed the goal line.

Although he did not score on the next possession, it was his 75-yard run that helped set up a 1-yard touchdown for Cobi Bissell.

Sanders scored once more before the break on a 30-yard touchdown run.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats’ defense forced three punts and a turnover on downs to limit the Tigers’ attack. Blue Springs also was able to keep Missouri commit Drew Lock, who entered the game with 25 touchdown passes, from being much of a factor until late in the second half. A big part of that was the Wildcats’ twin linemen, Carlos and Khalil Davis, who are headed to Nebraska next year.

“Our four guys up front really help up front, because we can drop seven and still get to them with four guys,” Donohoe said. “That is a big plus for us.”

Bissell picked up where he left off in the second half for the Wildcats with a 58-yard touchdown run on the opening drive. The defense then forced a fumble on the kickoff and Tresten Spruell ran in a 7-yard touchdown.

Lee’s Summit put together a few late touchdown drives with passes from Lock to Trevor Fell and two to Hunter Allee.

Sanders added one more touchdown in the third quarter for the Wildcats, who will face Raymore-Peculiar in the second round on Oct. 31. It will be a rematch of Blue Springs’ 31-13 loss on Oct. 3.

“That left a bitter taste in our mouth, so we are excited to have a chance to go there and play,” Donohoe said.

To reach Kathleen Gier, call 816-234-4875 or send email to kgier@kcstar.com.

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