BLUJAYS SHUT OUT LINN IN A 47-0 VICTORY
BELOIT – What a difference a week makes. Last week the only way to stay cool was to sit on a block of ice during the game. This week by the end of the game, it was drizzly and cold enough that you needed a jacket. Last week, the first game of the season St. John’s/Tipton entered the game with a full roster against the state-ranked team. This week that roster was missing two key components because of injuries to Anthony Henke and Blake Perez. The difference this week was the Jays were not playing a state-ranked opponent. Despite their shortcomings the Blujays used their bench to fill the voids and played extremely well on both sides of the ball on their way to a 47-0 victory over the Linn Bulldogs.
The game started with the Bulldogs receiving the opening kickoff. After making one first down and moving the ball on the ground, a holding penalty and then a sack by Ben Towner stalled their drive and they were forced to punt.
The Blujays first possession of the evening started at the 35 yard line of the Bulldogs with 8:09 left in the first quarter. Their first play was a 17 yard run by Brayden Perez. Then Kail Dubbert carried twice, the second time for a 5 yard touchdown. His run for the extra point made the score 8 - 0, Blujays with 7:29 left in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs second possession was three downs and punt. With 6:13 left in the first quarter, the Jays got the ball back at their 28 yard line. Alex Ketter ran off his left side for 7 yards, putting the ball on the 35 yard line. Kail Dubbert’s third run of the night off the right side was good 45 yard touchdown his second of the night. The extra point attempt failed, but the Jays lead was now 14-0 with 5:57 left in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs next possession started from their 6 yard line. After three plays, they failed to advance the ball and were forced to punt. Their kicker standing in the end zone had his punt blocked by Ben Towner, who recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Dubbert’s run for the extra point made the score 22 -0, Blujays with 4:02 left in the first quarter.
Linn started their next possession at the 15 yard line following Dubbert’s kick into the end zone. Once again, their offense only generated 4 yards on three downs and there were forced to punt. Dubbert returned the punt to the 31 yard line. Runs by Dubbert, Timmy Greenwood, and Brayden Perez advanced the ball to the Bulldogs 29 yard line. Perez then ran off his right side, for a 29 yard touchdown.In a rarity in eight-man football, the Blujays chose to kick the extra point, which was good by Ben Towner, making the score 29-0 in favor of the Jays 48 seconds left in the quarter.
The Bulldogs next drive was again stopped on downs and they were forced to punt. Perez returned the punt the Bulldogs 35 yard line. Running behind the blocking of center Dalton Schmitt, guards Ben Towner and Eric Keoningsman, and ends Brady Palen and Timmy Greenwood the Jays again used their ground game to move down the field. On first down at the 6 yard line, freshman quarterback Jaret Eitzmann threw the first touchdown pass of his career to Brady Palen. This time the kick for the extra point is no good and the score stood 35-0 with 8:49 left in the half.
The balance of the first half saw the teams traded possessions with neither team scoring. Coach Keith Kresin gave all of his bench substantial playing time to close out the half.
The second half started with St. John’s/Tipton receiving the kickoff. Timmy Greenwood returned the kick to the 33 yard line. From there the Jays moved down the field with the big play being an 18 yard run by Alex Ketter, putting the ball that the 9 yard line. After two incomplete passes, Brayden Perez ran off his right side or 9 yard touchdown. Extra point attempt was no good and the score stood 41-0 Jays with 11:16 left in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs next possession ended when after getting one first down they fumbled the ball was recovered by Kail Dubbert on the Bulldogs 34 yard line. Runs by Dubbert and Perez advanced the ball to the 21 yard line. Perez then ended the game when he ran around his left side a 21 yard touchdown. That made the score 47-0 with 7:32 left in the third quarter.
“We came out and played pretty good with some of the adjustments we made the first game, especially with the injuries we had,” said Coach Kresin. “The offensive line did a better job of getting off the ball and maintaining their blocks. We saw some good things out of all the backs that ran the ball. We got everyone involved in the game early and saw good things out of the two freshman we have on the roster. Defensively we did a better job of reading and playing our positions and running to the ball and then finishing our tackles.”
St. John’s/Tipton had 281 yards rushing on 30 carries, led by Brayden Perez with 130 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns. Kail Dubbert had 105 yards rushing on 12 carries with two touchdowns. Alex Ketter had 29 yards on two carries, Timmy Greenwood at 12 yards on four carries, and Jaret Eitzmann had 5 yards on 1 carry. Eitzmann was 2 for 5 passing for 10 yards and 1 TD. Brady Palen had both receptions, 1 for a touchdown.
Kail Dubbert led the defense team stats with 7 solo 8 assisted tackles, Brady Palen had 3 solo 4 assists, Eric Keoningsman also had 3 solo 4 assists, Alex Ketter 2 solo 1 assist, Brayden Perez 2 solo 1 assist, Jaret Eitzmann 1 solo 2 assists, Timmy Greenwood 1 solo 7 assists, Ben Towner 1 solo 3 assists, and Hayden Griffin had 1 solo tackle.
Friday’s game was the Blujays first district game of the season and with the victory they evened their record at 1-1. Their next game is Friday night at Tipton when they host Tescott.