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By Stephen Bubalo PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 25, 2013 - 11:46 PM



Last year’s Blue Springs-Lee’s Summit football game was one for the history books, a track meet on a football field, as the Wildcats won a wild 84-62 game.
 
Not that the Blue Springs defense needed any extra incentive coming into the rematch this season, but just in case, Wildcats head coach Kelly Donohoe had “62” put on the teams lockers.
 
“A little motivation,” Donohoe said with a smile after his team romped past the Tigers Friday night in battle of unbeatens, 49-7.
 
The top-ranked Wildcats moved to 9-0 and won another conference championship in the process.
 
“Coach has said from game one to now that we still haven’t played the perfect game,” defensive lineman Carlos Davis said. “To play the perfect game and win a conference title was great.”
 
This one didn’t take long to get out of hand.
 
The Wildcats needed just five plays to go 52 yards on the games opening drive, capped by a Dalvin Warmack 8-yard touchdown run.
 
While the offense struck quickly, so did the defense, as they got pressure on Tiger quarterback Drew Lock, forcing a bad throw off his back foot that was intercepted by Kaleb Prewett. Four plays later Warmack was in the end zone again, this time from 1-yard away, set up by a 42-yard run from Darrius Shepherd.
 
After Lee’s Summit countered with a touchdown pass from Lock to Caymen Metcalf, the Wildcats’ ground game came right back. Shepherd had another long run, this one from 36 yards away to make it 21-7.
 
“Our offensive line, when they get their blocks, we have the talent to hit the seam and go,” Warmack said. “A lot of high schools teams have one or two good athletes on offense. That’s not the case here. We have tons of guys that are capable of big plays.”
 
After another defensive stop and big play, this one from the passing game when Ian Brown found Cobi Bissell for a 54-yard score, the defense hounded Lock again. Khalil Brown got a sack and forced a fumble, which Blue Springs recovered.
 
Three plays later Warmack scampered into the end zone from 30 yards out for a 35-7 lead.
 
“He’s a good quarterback,” Carlos Davis said of Lock. “He doesn’t like pressure and we knew if we could get that done he’d have trouble. And that’s what we did.”
 
The Tigers had trouble at times blocking against Raytown South last week, and that problem reared its ugly head again tonight.
 
“They dominated the point of attack,” Tigers head coach Eric Thomas said. “Drew was scrambling all over and he made a few poor throws and it just snowballed. … They schemed it up. They put the Davis twins inside and Elijah (Lee) came off the edge and they had a few linebackers on the line to add to the rush.
 
“It was a good scheme, a good plan and they have the athletes to execute it.”
 
Just for good measure, before halftime, the Wildcat defense recovered another fumble and the offense turned it into another score when Prewett ran in from 17 yards out to make it 42-7 at the half.
 
All of a sudden, a much-anticipated battle of unbeaten, top-five teams had turned into a very one-sided game.
 
“That was as good of a half as we’ve played in a long, long time,” Donohoe said. “The offense, defense and special teams were crisp. … I’m proud of my defensive staff. They deserve the MVP. We set the tone with our defense.”
 
Lee’s Summit, now 8-1, will look to regroup in the first round of the Class 6 playoffs when they host Ray-Pec next Friday night.
 
Blue Springs will host Lee’s Summit North as they look to continue a 19-game win streak with their eyes locked on back-to-back state championships.
 
“We’re playing good football but not the best that we’re capable of,” Warmack said. “It’s do or die from here on out. I expect the best from everyone.”