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Mistakes costly as Cats fall to Rockhurst

By Bill Althaus

One by one, the members of the Blue Springs High School football team left the visiting locker room at Rockhurst High School, knowing that mistakes and blunders cost them the chance to go 5-1 on the season.

Instead, they had to comprehend a 14-13 loss in a game they dominated during a 13-0 first quarter.
Then, 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive tackle Khalil Davis left, sporting a smile – a sad smile – but a smile, nonetheless.
“We're going to be fine,” said Davis, who was in on three sacks, led the team with 10 tackles and harassed Rockhurst quarterback T.J. Green throughout the game.
“We're a strong team, and we have great coaches. This loss is tough, real tough, because we all feel like we should have won the game. But they found a way to win. Now, we can use that as motivation if we play them again, and we all hope we see them in the playoffs.”
For one quarter Friday night, the Wildcats looked unbeatable.
Ian Brown, who transferred to Blue Springs from Rockhurst after his sophomore year when his parents moved to Blue Springs, hit running back Cobi Bissell on a 39-yard touchdown play and speedy Terrance Sanders on a 49-yard strike that was highlighted by a spectacular over-the-shoulder grab.
The score should have read 14-0, but Benjamin Hellon's extra point was wide on the first score. Following the second score, Brown and Bissell hooked up on a 2-point conversion, but a penalty nullified it.
Hellon then kicked the extra point from 27 yards out and it was 13-0 – the Wildcats were on the prowl.
Then, their offense went south and Green and the Hawklets began to heat up.
Green, the son of former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, directed a 12-play, 67-yard march that culminated with a 3-yard touchdown run by A.J. Taylor. Jackson Terry's extra point made it 13-7 and that score stood at halftime.
The third period began with a botched pooch kick as Rockhurst recovered the ball on its own 49-yard line.
“We wanted to pooch the kick, but we hit it wrong and it looked like an onsides kick that didn't go far enough,” lamented Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe after his team fell to 4-2.
“Our special teams just didn't get it done tonight. And that's so disappointing. We had points taken off the board (on the 2-point pass play) and had punts blocked and missed field goals. It looked like we'd never worked on special teams, and they are a priority with this team.

“I know right now the kids are sick, and so am I. It's one thing to have a team just flat out beat you, but we were right there and had so many chances to win this game and we just kept making mistake after mistake.

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