The Hickman football team, ranked No. 3 in Missouri 6A, defeated top-ranked Blue Springs 34-16 Friday at Peve Stadium to move to 3-1 on the season.
With Blue Springs leading 16-13 with just less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe opted not to punt in a fourth and three situation from the Wildcat's 31 yard line. After a Hickman stop, the Kewpies took the ball and marched all the way to the one-yard line, before quarterback Andrew Perkins dove into the endzone to make the score 20-16. It would be all Hickman would need.
Following a sloppy first half, in which he threw for two interceptions in the team's first three posessions, Perkins settled down to finish with 115 yards passing and a touchdown to go along with two rushing touchdowns.
With the Kewpies clinging to a four point lead late in the third quarter, Perkins found wide receiver Cedric Alvis for a 33-yard touchdown reception that seemed to deflate a Blue Springs team that ranked 13th in USA Today's Top 25 prep poll going into the game. Three posessions later, running back Brandon Kendrick broke free for a 66 yard touchdown run to increase the Hickman lead to 34-16.
The Wildcats ended the first half with a two-minute, 86-yard touchdown drive that put them up 16-13. But a stingy Hickman defense held Blue Springs and 6'5 quarterback Luke Whitworth scoreless in the second half.
Kendrick, a senior, finished with 184 yards rushing and two touchdowns.