It didn’t matter that, technically, this was foreign turf. It didn’t make a difference that they were 230 miles from the confines of Peve Stadium.
By Shawn Garrison, Examiner.net
On Friday night, the Blue Springs faithful loaded up five buses full of students and parents to watch second-ranked Blue Springs dominate DeSmet 42-7 in the Class 6 state semifinals in St. Louis.
The Wildcat fans packed the stands, nearly outnumbering the DeSmet side. And they stayed late, interrupting Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe with chants of “Wildcat nation!” as he tried to address his team.
Might as well call St. Louis Blue Springs West, because in another week the Wildcats get to try to do this all over again.
“Unbelievable,” Donohoe said. “This is my 13th year as a head coach here and I have not had a road trip where we’ve had this kind of (support). … That’s a really special moment that will never go away.”
Blue Springs (12-1) turned in one of its most complete efforts to date. In the regular season, the Cats zipped past teams with an offense that averaged 45.3 points per game. In last week’s district championship against Rockhurst, the defense stepped up its game in a 14-11 victory.
Friday, both units pounded the Spartans (9-4) into submission.
The Cats received a big play early as quarterback Wylson Lamb tossed a 47-yard bomb to junior Darrius Shepherd to put Blue Springs up 7-0 six minutes in.
Shepherd ended with four receptions for 105 yards, all of which were snared in the first two periods.
Junior running back Dalvin Warmack, after a modest 66-yard outing against the Hawklets, broke loose for scoring runs of 5 and 55 in the second quarter and added a 10-yard score in the second half in a 16-carry, 174-yard performance.
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