FOOTBALL: Indians upend Class 6 Blue Springs South


Image Courtesy Mr. Ra Del Hinckley

TOUCHDOWN. Celebrating the score, Junior Jayce Kern (70) lifts Senior Javen Hall (6) into the air. The Indians had five rushing TDs on the night in route to a 35-21 victory.

Story by Sarah Rellihan, Reporter

The varsity football team took on the Blue Springs South Jaguars on Oct. 8, 2021. They defeated the Jaguars 35-21. The last time that the Jaguars and Indians met was on Oct. 9,2020 and ended with an Indian loss 38-14. 

The Indians success focused on junior quarterback Greg Menne finding senior running back Javen Hall. Running Back Coach Craig Brown believes playing this Class 6 team helped the Indians grow.

Beating BSS was a big win for the program,” Coach Brown said in an email interview. “They were one of the best teams we’ve played this year.  They were a much better team than their record indicated. They have a tough schedule being on the KC side of Class 6.”

The offense piled up a total of 219 yards, 171 of those yards on the ground. The Indians used those rushing yards to get five total touchdowns using their key running back, Hall. Sophomore Landon Sullivan thinks that even though this was a big win for the team, they still have work to do.

Since we knew we had to win this game to stay at Seed 1 and also to show that a 5A football team can keep up with a 6A team,” Sullivan said in an email interview. “After we beat them the whole team felt like we had just accomplished a big thing, but we still work hard and know our big goal is winning State and proving Fort Osage is still in it till the end.”

The defense had a big game which resulted in an Indian interception. Cornerback Coach Phillip Maggio feels like the Indians are on the road to greatness.

“I think it is telling when we are on offense and our defensive guys are up on the sideline cheering on our offense, and vice versa,” Coach Maggio said in an email interview. “We had a great day on special teams, which is definitely a team effort. It shows the potential we have and where we can be if we all work together to do our job.”

The special teams had a successful game with kicker Xander Shepherd making three P.A.T.s for the team. The Indians now sit at 6-1 on the season.