Through the first half of the 2020 season, the Springfield Yellow Jackets have made their presence felt, outscoring their opponents by an average of over 28 points per game during a 5-0 start.
Springfield continued their dominance Friday night as they hosted Region 5-4A rival White House at home, jumping out to a 28-9 lead en route to a 48-24 victory over the Blue Devils.
“We’re 2-0 in the region, so all of our goals are still ahead of us,” Springfield head coach Dustin Wilson said. “We played a full game tonight. It was just a lot of kids running around and making plays, which is what you always like to see. It’s always great to see them getting up for a big rivalry game like this.”
Yellow Jacket quarterback Kevontez Hudson outdid his four-touchdown performance last week against Station Camp with six total touchdowns tonight.
Hudson’s first touchdown came on Springfield’s second play of the game as he hooked up with Gabe Kelly for a 53-yard pass to give the Yellow Jackets an early 7-0 lead.
White House came up with a big play on special teams later in the first quarter. Ranen Blackburn blocked a Springfield punt, which was recovered by Drew Ferrell and returned 10 yards for a touchdown. A blocked extra point kept the score at 7-6.
The Yellow Jackets wasted no time, quickly responding to the miscue. Five plays later, Hudson found a seam and broke free for a 34-yard touchdown run.
After a 32-yard field goal from Blue Devil kicker Trey Matthews, Hudson threw two more passing touchdowns to extend Springfield’s lead, first an 80-yard bomb to Kelly and later a 20-yard screen to Lamarion Turner.
“Kevontez is a leader and just a tough young man,” Wilson said. “Some have said that all he could do was run, and I think he really put those doubts to bed tonight. It was a little personal goal for him.”
White House scored its first offensive touchdown of the night late in the first half. Running back Montrel Black broke several tackles on a 32-yard run to cut into Springfield’s lead.
Despite the Blue Devils’ attempts to keep pace with the Yellow Jacket offense, Hudson answered again with his fifth touchdown, a 6-yard run just before the half, giving Springfield a 35-16 advantage.
The Yellow Jackets extended their lead in the third quarter with a one-yard run from Hudson, followed by a 13-yard end around run from Kelly, his third touchdown of the night.
“Our offense was all about big plays tonight,” Wilson said. “We’ve shown that we can run the ball when we need to but also throw it. We saw some things that we liked, and our coaches put a great game plan together, and our kids did a great job of executing it.”
Black scored his second rushing touchdown of the game late in the fourth with a 25-yard run.
Hudson finished the game going 10-for-14 passing with 258 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while adding 92 rushing yards on nine carries and three scores on the ground. Kelly had three catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns, as well as a 13-yard rushing touchdown.
Blackburn led White House with 152 rushing yards on 21 carries, while Black added 90 yards on 17 carries.
Springfield will now travel to face Marshall County on the road next week before ending the season with four consecutive games against region foes. White House now drops to 1-3 and will look to regroup next week as they host Watertown.