The lightning that crackled above Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium had to take a back seat to the electricity Quentin Fontenot provided on the field.
It took just one play to foreshadow that the annual Cat Clash game between visiting Blue Springs and the host Blue Springs South Jaguars was going to belong to the Wildcats’ senior running back.
He took the opening handoff from quarterback Dom Harkness and burst through the Blue Springs South defense to score a 65-yard touchdown on Blue Springs’ first offensive possession Friday night.
“When Q got back to the sidelines, I asked him, ‘You got another in you? And he said ‘I got a lot more in me.’ And he was right,” wide receiver Cooper Willich said, chuckling.
Fontenot finished the night with 16 carries for a career-high 315 yards – a 19.7-yard average – and all five Wildcat touchdowns as they stopped their crosstown rivals 35-17.
“I just took the night off,” joked Harkness, who completed 3 of 8 passes for 6 yards. “All I had to do tonight was hand the ball off to 30 (Fontenot). Tonight belonged to 30, from the opening handoff to the end of the game. He was fun to watch.”
Fontenot joined legendary Wildcat running backs like Ladell Betts, Jamar Mozee, Carlos Anderson, Andrew Tuggle, Darian Miller and two-time Simone Award winner Dalvin Warmack with his 300-yard, five-touchdown effort.
“You know, Q is a special kid who had a rough start to the season,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said after his team improved to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Suburban Big Six play. “He missed the first two games of the season for disciplinary reasons, but since he’s been back he’s been a great teammate, a leader on the team and someone everyone enjoys being around.
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