The Hawklets will play their most highly-anticipated game of the season tonight against rival school Blue Springs. The Hawklets and the Blue Springs Wildcats both enter the game with 4-1 records.
Both teams are coming off impressive wins, Blue Springs beating Lee’s Summit 41-28, and Rockhurst shutting out Blue Springs South 42-0.This will easily be Rockhurst’s most challenging competition of the year, testing their recent improvements on both sides of the ball.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Rockhurst High School
State Ranking: Rockhurst: #7, Blue Springs: #3
Theme: Sea of Blue
Blue Springs’ balanced attack vs. Rockhurst’s improving defense
Blue Spring’s offense is one of the most balanced units Rockhurst will face this season. Senior quarterback and transfer from Rockhurst Ian Brown is a threat, both to run and to throw. Last week he threw for 200 yards and a touchdown as well as running for a score. Although Blue Springs no longer has star running back Dalvin Warmack, they have another solid back in Cobi Bissell, who ran for 219 yards and four touchdowns last week.
The Hawklets’ defense has been steadily improving throughout the year, culminating with their shutout of Blue Springs South last week. Both their linebacking core and their secondary will have their work cut out for them tonight.
Blue Spring’s secondary vs. Rockhurst’s passing
Rockhurst starting quarterback TJ Green has been having an incredible year thus far, and he completed four touchdown passes last week alone. Green has 1073 passing yards on the season, more than other top KC area quarterbacks Drew Lock and Skylar Thompson. He’s up for 810 Sports’ player of the year and big class quarterback of the year.
A lot of pressure will be on Green to expose one of the only weaknesses for the Wildcat’s defense: their tendency to give up huge plays. Last week, the Wildcats gave up passing touchdowns of 80 and 70 yards. Play-action passes for the Hawklets could be huge in this game to keep the defense guessing run and allowing Rockhurst’s talented wide receiving core to go deep.
Rockhurt’s composure vs Blue Spring’s expectations
Blue Springs is the highest state ranked opponent Rockhurst will face this year. However, Blue Springs already played the second ranked school in Missouri, Fort Osage, and lost 35-21. Therefore, Rockhurst will have to keep the mentality that they are not underdogs for this game. It will be imperative for the Hawklets to make Blue Springs underestimate them.
All in all, this game is completely wide open. As long as Rockhurst plays at the same level as they did against Blue Springs South, it should be an exciting game to experience at the Dasta Stadium.