Bluejays take first loss of season to Thunder

Junior Joe Gruber runs the ball during the Sabetha-Nemaha Central gridiron contest on Friday, October 13.

It was rivalry week last week for the undefeated Sabetha Bluejays as they traveled to Seneca Friday, Oct. 13, to take on the 6-0 Nemaha Central Thunder. Sabetha’s defense averaged only 8 points allowed in the first six contests while the Thunder’s offense averaged 40 points per their six previous outings. It was a tough game, with Nemaha Central taking the victory, 21-7.

Senior quarterback Brandon Brownlee pitches the ball to junior running back Joe Gruber during the Sabetha-Nemaha Central gridiron contest on Friday, October 13.

Although the Bluejays had the opening possession to begin the contest, three plays and a punt gave the ball back to their hosts. The Thunder went 51 yards on 12 plays to post the first points of the night with a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Mitchell Henry midway through the first frame.

Gabe Garber punctuated a 10-play, 74-yard drive with a 17-yard tote to the end zone with a little more than in a minute to play in the first period. Braeden Cox knotted the game a 7-7 with the point after kick.

Nemaha Central’s Henry would give his team the lead once again at 9:25 of the second quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run. The extra point missed its mark, but the Thunder led 13-7 at the intermission.

The Jays had 109 yards of total offense in the first half, led by Garber with 50 rushing yards and Joe Gruber with 37. The Thunder was seven of nine passing in the first half but had only 36 total yards.

“Our kids played extremely hard,” Head Coach Garrett Michael said. “Our defense stopped the run and took away the deep passing game.”

Junior Cauy Rokey goes in for the tackle in the red zone during the Sabetha-Nemaha Central gridiron contest on Friday, October 13.

N.C.’s Henry extended the Thunder’s lead to 19-7 with an 8-yard carry to the end zone late in the third quarter. A two-point conversion pass was successful, and the Thunder led 21-7.

Sabetha had a drive early the fourth quarter with the biggest play coming on a 26-yard pitch and catch from quarterback Brandon Brownlee to Blake Frey. But an interception killed the drive and the Thunder drained the clock.

“Offensively, we came up a yard or two short on a couple of big drives,” Coach Michael said.

Senior Wyatt Beyer carries the ball during the Sabetha-Nemaha Central gridiron contest on Friday, October 13.

The Thunder took the 21-7 victory in this one to remain undefeated, as the Jays drop to 6-1.

Sabetha looks ahead and will host the 2-5 Hiawatha Red Hawks this week.

“We expect Hiawatha to have a ‘nothing to lose’ mentality, so we need to be ready for anything,” Coach Michael said. “We are in the playoffs now and we must win to move on.”

Cheerleaders and fans cheer for the Bluejays during the Sabetha-Nemaha Central gridiron contest on Friday, October 13.

 

10.13.2017 vs. Nemaha Central

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

TAC

SKS

INT

FUM RCY

#      REC

REC  YDS

#         RU

RU YDS

Cole Oehn

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Blake Frey

0

0

0

0

1

26

0

0

Joe Gruber

9

0

0

0

0

0

8

40

Ryan Stapleton

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Brandon Brownlee

3

0

0

0

0

0

4

10

Mason Engelken

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

Wyatt Beyer

5

0

0

0

0

0

13

35

Gabe Garber

11

0

0

0

0

0

9

54

Riley Herrmann

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Isaac Sunderland

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cory Geist

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cauy Rokey

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Trevor Kramer

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tanner Ukele

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Elliot Strahm

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

TEAM TOTALS

SHS

NC

FIRST DOWNS

9

18

THIRD DOWN CONV.

3/9

10/14

FOURTH DOWN CONV.

2/3

0/1

# RUSHES

36

41

RUSHING YARDS

141

104

RUSHING AVG. YARDS

3.9

2.5

PASSING YARDS

26

70

# COMPLETIONS

1

12

# PASSES

4

17

# INTERCEPTIONS

2

0

PUNTING YARDS

19.7

45

FUMBLES/LOST

0

0

PENALTIES/LOST YARDS

5/35

6/65

TOTAL OFFENSE

167

174

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