Elijah Lee can’t believe his good fortune.
“At this time last year, I was up in St. Joseph and our season had been over for a couple of weeks,” said Lee, who transferred to Blue Springs from St. Joseph Central High School to anchor a Wildcat defensive line that coach Kelly Donohoe ranks among the best in school history.
By Bill Althaus, Examiner.net
“It’s all still unbelievable to me that this Saturday I’m going to play in a state championship game. You never even thought about something like that at my old school, and now, we’re a win away from being state champs.”
Lee brought a physical presence to the line as he has 64 tackles, 32 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and a team-high 17 sacks.
While Donohoe’s high octane offense gets most of the attention, thanks to 2,000-yard running back Dalvin Warmack, it’s the defense that could dominate play at 5:30 p.m. Saturday when the 12-1 Wildcats meet 12-1 Francis Howell at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
“Francis Howell has a great defense,” Donohoe said before an early-morning Wednesday practice session, “so points could be at a premium in the game Saturday.
“We’re not going to make any drastic changes offensively, but we’ll change some things up because you know they’ve seen film of all of our games and we don’t want them to lock and load on any one area.”
Warmack, a junior who has rushed for 2,098 yards and 38 touchdowns (he has 43 overall touchdowns), knows what it’s going to take to win a championship.
“We have to take care of all the details, the little things,” Warmack said. “Rockhurst thought they could beat us by stopping me, and they found out that wasn’t the case. We have so many offensive weapons and a great defense. If we take care of the little things, it could be a fun bus ride back to Blue Springs on Saturday.”
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