Week one is in the books, and the Jefferson R7 Blue Jays are now officially 1-0. Jefferson dominated their non-conference foes in the home opener, putting up 50 unanswered points against Fredericktown last week, and will now turn their attention to the Wildcats from Cuba.
Cuba was not quite as successful in their first outing, losing their home opener to Sullivan, a non-district team, by the score of 54-6. The team managed only one touchdown in their first game, and will be looking to send a message to Jefferson. The Wildcats defeated the Blue Jays in week two last season by the score of 37-21, so they know a win is possible. Cuba went 6-5 last season.
Last week, the Blue Jays offense was firing on all cylinders as they were dominant on the ground and in the air. The team ran the ball 38 times for a total of 329 yards. Sean Usery did the brunt of the work with nine carries for 62 yards.
Quarterback Drew Breeze only threw the ball seven times, but completed five passes for 89 yards, spreading the attempts out between Will Breeze, Colton Richardson and Chase Politte.
If the offense can follow up their first impressive performance with anything similar, then there’s no stopping the Blue Jays.
The defense also dominated, allowing Fredericktown only 74 total yards. Richardson seemed to be everywhere, leading his team with six tackles. Right behind him was Usery with five.
However, the key Wildcat for the Blue Jays to track is number eight, Conner Gipson, who plays running back and middle line backer. Last week, Gipson carried the ball for 66 yards, scoring the only Wildcat touchdown. He also made 15 tackles.
Another player of note is receiver Evan Highly, who had 46 yards out of the air, and rushed for another 47.
Both teams have had a week to recover and prepare for their opposition and will square off this Friday, Sept 3rd. Week two will see the 1-0 Jefferson R7 Blue Jays traveling to Cuba, MO to challenge the 0-1 Cuba Wildcats. The game begins at 7:00 p.m.