Bluejays open season with win over Nemaha Central

Few instances conjure more passion from fans than the season opener and a rivalry match-up, and Bluejay fans were treated to both with a road game in Seneca last Friday, Sept. 6, to take on the Thunder.

“Playing Nemaha Central the first game of the year really puts us to the test, and with new faces we handled a ton of adversity,” said Head Coach Garrett Michael.

Sabetha would weather the storm and edge out N.C. on the road, 13-6.

The Thunder made a bold statement to start the contest when Tyler Garety returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Sabetha would block the point after attempt but N.C. would lead 6-0.

The Bluejays would answer on their opening possession, marching 64 yards in eight plays which was capped off with a senior quarterback Gabe Garber 3-yard touchdown run. New to the Bluejay squad this year, kicker Linus Krauss nailed the extra point to give his team the 7-6 lead with 8:38 to play in the first quarter.

“The offense had a great answer to Nemaha’s opening kickoff return,” Coach Michael said. “I was pleased with our first drive of the night.”

The score remained 7-6 at the half and was stagnate through a scoreless third quarter. A 45-yard pass reception from Garber to Braden Argabright set up a 25-yard field goal by Krauss, and Sabetha would lead 10-6 with a little more than eight minutes to play in the game.

Krauss extended the lead to 13-6 with a 33-yard field goal with a little under four minutes left in the contest. Sabetha’s defense would have to stave off a last ditch effort by the Thunder if they wanted to bring home the win.

N.C. drove down inside Sabetha’s 5-yard line, but a Noah Nonnast interception on third and goal ended the drive, and the Jays would take the road win, 13-6.

“Our defense was on their heels all night long, and they pitched a shutout,” Coach Michael said. “Anytime we don’t play very well and can still win the game, that is a good thing.”

Garber led the team in rushing with 83 yards and a touchdown, Argabright logged 65 yards receiving, and Krauss led his team in scoring with seven points on two field goals and an extra point.

“The difference in the game was that they committed four turnovers and we had zero,” Coach Michael. “Right now, we know where we stand, we have a lot to work on, and our team will respond and continue working to get better.”

With the win, the Jays mark their 21st consecutive victory and they will be looking to extend the streak this week when they host the Riverside Cyclones on Friday, Sept. 13. Riverside won their season opener over Hiawatha, 14-13.

9.6.20219 @ Nemaha Central

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

TAC

SKS

INT

FUM RCY

#      REC

REC  YDS

#         RU

RU YDS

Thadd Menold

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Andrew Frazee

3

0

0

0

0

0

12

67

Braden Argabright

4

0

0

0

3

65

0

0

Noah Nonnast

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Kaden Dillon

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Michael Gugelman

3

0

0

0

0

0

9

30

Drew Schmelzle

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gabe Garber

9

0

0

0

0

0

22

83

Cody Holthaus

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colby Tinklin

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Carson Ukele

4

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

Walker Lowdermilk

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

TEAM TOTALS

PASSING STATS

SHS

NC

Name

PASS COMP-ATT. (EX. 7-12)

PASSING YARDS

PASS FOR TD

INTER. THROWN

FIRST DOWNS

10

9

Gabe Garber

4-8

65

0

0

3RD DOWN CONV.

5/16

3/15

2

0

0

0

0

4TH DOWN CONV.

0/0

1/4

3

0

0

0

0

# OF RUSHES

46

29

4

0

0

0

0

RUSHING YARDS

181

73

5

0

0

0

0

AVG. RUSHING YDS

3.9

2.5

PASSING YARDS

65

111

# COMPLETIONS

4

9

# PASSES

8

24

# INTERCEPTIONS

0

2

PUNTING YARDS

24.7

42.5

FUMBLES/LOST

1/0

2/2

PENALTIES/LOST YARDS

10/80

7/45

TOTAL OFFENSE

246

184

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