This Friday, the Rockhurst Hawklets look to extend their 1-1 record against teams from Missouri with a victory over the Blue Springs South Jaguars. After knocking off the number one ranked team in Arkansas two weeks ago and blowing out another Arkansas team last week, the Hawklets are hopeful for a third straight victory.
Their opponent this week, Blue Springs South is a perennial powerhouse in the Kansas City area. However, they come into the matchup with just one victory. Still, any team that lost to Blue Springs by just 10 points (as Blue Springs South did earlier this year) should be taken seriously.
If Rockhurst can continue their offensive production from their last couple weeks, the Hawklets should have no problem coming out on top.
Location: Blue Springs South (Blue Springs, MO) High School
Records: Rockhurst (3-1) vs. Blue Springs South (1-3)
Last week: Rockhurst beat Har-Ber 46-22; Blue Springs South beat Raymore-Peculiar 25-17
State Ranking (according to maxpreps.com): Rockhurst- #7, Blue Springs South- #28
Theme: Western wear
Blue Springs South offensive skill positions vs. Rockhurst defense
There are many noticeable weaknesses in the Blue Springs South offense. Leading the offense is an inexperienced sophomore quarterback, Cale Connors, who has struggled to produce yards. Last week, in what was his best performance to date, Connors went 8 for 13 passing, totaling 138 yards and two touchdowns.
However, the Jaguars have other offensive tools. Junior running back Adam Cofield has been their go-to-guy on the ground this year; however, averaging 3.6 yards per carry, Cofield has had a less successful season.
If the past few weeks are any indicator of what Connors and Cofield will produce tonight, the strong Rockhurst defense shouldn’t have much of a problem stifling the Jaguar offense.
Blue Springs South time of possession vs. Rockhurst time of possession
Last week, in Blue Springs South’s only victory, the Jaguars held possession for only 11:57, meaning their opponent, Raymore-Peculiar, had possession of the ball for more than twice as long as Blue Springs South. Rockhurst, on the other hand, held the ball last week for an astounding 29:52 against Har-Ber.
Expectations for Blue Springs South vs. Expectations for Rockhurst
Starting off the season slowly, with three straight losses, Blue Springs South does not carry the burden of expectation. Conversely, Rockhurst has already won three games, two against elite teams in their respective states (Rock Bridge, Mo.; Bentonville, Ar.).
By their records alone, it is easy to assume a Rockhurst victory over Blue Springs South. It is important that this mentality does not cloud the Hawklets’ ambitions for victory tonight, especially since this is only their second district matchup.
Another factor that could have Rockhurst players’ heads in the clouds is next week’s hyped-up rivalry game against Blue Springs. It is important that the players take it one week at a time and focus on defeating Blue Springs South.
A young Jaguar quarterback that lacks production, paired with a running back who has had a subpar season, should be leveraged by the solid Rockhurst defense.
Furthermore, if the trends of each teams’ seasons continue, the Hawklets should be able to maintain possession throughout the majority of tonight’s game. As long as Rockhurst stays focused and takes no part of this game for granted, the outcome should be in their favor.