Thursday, July 17, 2008

PrepNation 101 Preseason FB Countdown: No. 92 Blue Springs South

92. South (Blue Springs, Mo.)

Last season’s record: 9-1, did not qualify for playoffs

Coach: Greg Oder

Key players: QB Blaine Dalton (6-1, 192, Sr.), WR Nathan Ingram (6-3, 185, Sr.), OL Randy Haller (6-2, 235, Sr.), K Brian Geraghty (6-0, 190, Sr.)

Biggest strength: Large senior class

Question mark: Zero returning defensive starters

Outlook: How does a team crack the preseason PrepNation 101 rankings without even one returning starter on defense? It helps when said team returns at least one exceptional player on the other side of the ball. With Dalton, the Jaguars do precisely that. The Missouri recruit has a 22-1 record as a starter and led South to the Class 6 state title as a sophomore. He had more than 2,000 combined passing and rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in only 10 games as a junior. The athletic Ingram is a reliable target. Geraghty converted 50 of 52 PATs and made four field goals in ’07.

Toughest games: Aug. 31 vs. Rockhurst (ESPN), Sept. 5 at Park Hill, Sept. 12 at Raymore-Peculiar, Oct. 17 vs. Blue Springs

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