BLUE SPRINGS — In every phase, the Blue Springs South Jaguars dominated the Hickman Kewpies.
The Kewpies continue to struggle, losing their third straight, 24-0, to the Jaguars on Friday at Peve Memorial Stadium.
Hickman (2-3) misfired on offense all night, managing seven first downs and 177 yards.
“It has been the same thing the last few weeks,” said Luke Harper, a junior offensive lineman. “We’ve been beating ourselves with crucial mistakes all across the board. It’s not just one guy it’s the whole team.”
The Jaguars (4-1) picked apart the Kewpies defense in the first half. The Jaguars’ first drive lasted 5:15, with the Jaguars establishing the run and the pass.
Senior Kyle Rausch, a 6-foot-8 wide receiver, pulled down two passes for 46 yards on the drive and Caleb Ebel, a senior running back, scored on a 9-yard touchdown run.
“We didn’t get any pressure on the quarterback,” said Joe Schumacher, a junior defensive lineman. “We’ll get there. We just need to get the players that want to play, the players that want to go to war for this team.”
The lack of pressure allowed quarterback Nathaniel Ebel, who made his first start at quarterback replacing injured Nathan Thomas, to spread the ball around to his receivers.
Ebel completed 12-of-15 passes to four receivers for 154 yards. Ebel’s favorite target, Rausch, had eight receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown. Rausch’s 10-inch height advantage over cornerback Cedric Alvis enabled Rausch to make catches though Alvis closely defended him.
“He’s a good athlete, he’s got some long arms on Cedric,” Schumacher said. “But I’d take Cedric any day.”
Down 10-0 with 6:56 left in the second quarter, the Kewpies seemed to find a rhythm.
Quarterback Blake Tekotte ran 43 yards to the Jaguars’ 33 on the first play of the drive. Three plays later Tekotte found receiver Ryan Nesbitt open near the end zone. Nesbitt hauled in the 25-yard pass and was pushed out at the 4.
Before the Kewpies could score, though, an illegal procedure penalty backed them up five yards. On the next play, Tekotte forced a pass and Jaguars defensive back Alex Madewell intercepted it in the end zone.
“Tekotte gave us a breath with a great athletic running play to open the drive,” Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt said. “But if we don’t make an alignment error it’s probably 10-7 at halftime.”
Tekotte finished 8-of-17 for 90 yards passing and two interceptions. He ran for 52 yards on eight carries. Tekotte’s other interception also was in the end zone.
Blue Springs South added an insurance touchdown before the first half ended. After a Kewpies drive stalled with less than a minute left in the first half, Hickman lined up to punt. Jared Acree fielded Tekotte’s punt at his 23 near the sideline.
Acree eluded several defenders, then managed to tiptoe his way along the sideline for a 77-yard touchdown return.
Although the score made it 17-0 at halftime, the Kewpies defense responded in the second half. The Kewpies allowed a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Rausch scored on a 17-yard pass, but the Kewpies held the Jaguars to 99 yards in the second half, compared to 193 in the first.