This Friday, September 17th, the Jefferson R-7 Varsity Football team travels to St. Pius for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. The Blue Jays are coming in hot, fresh off a big 48-14 victory over the Herculaneum Black Cats to extend their winning streak, and undefeated record, to 3-0. On the other side, the St. Pius Lancers are sporting a 2-1 record, winning their last two games, most recently defeating Grandview 22-12.
So far this season, the high-powered Jefferson offense has racked up 139 points, while the rock-solid defense has only given up 14. On the other side, St. Pius has scored 58 points, while giving up 54. This will be the second conference game this season for the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays have a large offensive arsenal from which to choose. Jefferson quarterback Drew Breeze has been lighting up the skies with his passing performances. Last week, D. Breeze threw for 231 yards, completing 14 of 20 attempts, including two touchdowns. Colton Richardson also had one completion for four yards and a touchdown, and caught four passes for 75 yards and a touchdown to boot. Chase Politte had one catch for 39 yards.
Jefferson can also do damage on the ground. Last week, the team ran the ball 24 times for 98 yards. Will Breeze did the majority of the leg work, with 11 carries for 54 yards. Having the ability to set up the passing game with their rushing game has been paying dividends for the squad.
Last season when these two teams faced-off, Jefferson dominated, defeating St. Pius 33-0. The Blue Jays will look to have a repeat performance of the 2020 season, as the team is currently firing on all cylinders. Head Coach Alex Rouggly noted after the most recent victory, “We will continue to work hard at what we do. Our kids should be commended on their 3-0 start, but also realize we have work to do. A very good St. Pius Football team is waiting for us next Friday.”
These two teams are raring to go, in this high-stakes match-up. Will Jefferson continue their dominating winning streak, or will the Lancers surprise the Blue Jays? Only time will tell.
Good luck Blue Jays!