SHS Football: Bluejay football is back in business

 

The defending 3A state football champions – the Sabetha Bluejays – kicked off league play, their home opener, and the season all in one fell swoop on Friday, Aug. 31. The Jays welcomed the defending Big Seven champs – Nemaha Central Thunder – to town with the outcome of the contest holding league implications and bragging rights.

“Our team has taken a business-like approach getting prepared for game one and the season,” said Head Coach Garrett Michael, as the Jays took care of business with a 33-7 victory.

“We couldn’t have scripted any better start to a game, especially a rivalry game. Our offense scored on their first possession, our defense stopped Nemaha on three plays and then the special team scored on a punt return,” Coach Michael said.

The Bluejays racked up 241 yards of total offense in the first half to Nemaha Central’s 62, and was led by quarterback Gabe Garber’s 90 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Mason Engelken had 77 yards rushing and a score in the first half with Joseph Gruber tacking on 54 yards on the ground. Punt returner Ryan Stapleton had a 47-yard return for a touchdown in the first quarter and the Jays elevated their lead to 26-0 at the half.

The Thunder found some success through the air in the second half, but the Bluejay defense kept them out of the end zone until late in the contest. Sabetha’s offense sputtered a bit in the third quarter, going three and out on their first possession of the half. Running back Joel Hackney burst for 45 yards and nearly got into the end zone, but penalties pushed the Jays back and a missed field goal left the score at 26-0 at the end of the third frame.

Gruber extended his team’s lead to 33-0 on a three-yard scoring strike early in the fourth period. The Thunder would get on the board with just under four minutes to play in the game, with Gavin Duryea finding the end zone from 5 yards out.

Braeden Cox was three of four for point after attempts to help in his team’s effort and the Jays took the victory in dominating fashion by a score of 33-7.

“This was a dominating start to the season and should give a big boost moving forward,” Coach Michael said.

The Jays will travel to 0-1 Riverside this Friday, Sept. 7, as the Cyclones lost their opener to Hiawatha.

 

8.30.2018 Nemaha Central

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

TAC

SKS

INT

FUM RCY

#      REC

REC  YDS

#         RU

RU YDS

Colby Tinklin

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Braeden Cox

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tristan Edelman

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mason Spellmeier

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Joel Hackney

3

0

0

0

0

0

7

76

Joe Gruber

4

0

0

0

1

17

7

75

Ryan Stapleton

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mason Engelken

1

0

0

0

0

0

14

133

Andrew Frazee

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Michael Gugelman

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Drew Schmelzle

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kamden Brownlee

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gabe Garber

11

0

0

0

0

0

17

108

David Dyke

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cody Holthaus

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cauy Rokey

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Carson Ukele

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Walker Lowdermilk

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Payton Lippert

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colby Buser

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kyle Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Elliott Strahm

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TEAM TOTALS

SHS

NC

FIRST DOWNS

19

13

3RD DOWN CONV.

4

3

4TH DOWN CONV.

0

1

# OF RUSHES

46

35

RUSHING YARDS

392

115

AVG. RUSHING YDS

8.5

3.3

PASSING YARDS

17

95

# COMPLETIONS

1

10

# PASSES

4

23

# INTERCEPTIONS

1

0

PUNTING YARDS

35

35.4

FUMBLES/LOST

2/0

1/0

PENALTIES/LOST YARDS

8/80

2/10

TOTAL OFFENSE

409

210

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