Last Friday, September 24th, the Jefferson R7 Varsity Football team took on the Bayless Broncos at home in a district game. The Blue Jays took it to the Broncos, defeating their foes 61-20, to get back on the winning track after a tough loss to St. Pius the previous week.
Head Coach Alex Rouggly was pleased with his team, and said, “Tonight was a fun game to be a part of. There was some offense from both sides that I believe made everyone better. Our kids had a lot of fun out there this evening. That is what it is all about.”
The first score of the game came from Sean Usery who punched in a one-yard touchdown run, getting the Blue Jays off to a 7-0 lead. That score would stand until the second quarter.
Twelve seconds into quarter two, Jefferson quarterback Drew Breeze hit Chase Politte for a 27-yard touchdown pass. The extra point missed, making the score 13-0.
Just one minute later, the Blue Jays got the ball back and gave it to Sam Stokes from five yards out to score the third Jefferson touchdown of the game. The extra point missed, making it a 19-0 game.
D. Breeze then connected with Politte for a huge 48-yard touchdown catch. This time, the extra point was good, spreading the lead to 26.
With 5:01 left in the second quarter, Bayless finally got on the board with a touchdown. The Broncos missed the extra point, but made the score 26-6.
With less than four minutes to go in the first half, Jefferson again gave the ball to Usery, who ran in another touchdown from three yards out to make it 33-6.
Bayless answered with a 27-yard touchdown pass, but missed the extra point, making it 33-12.
Jefferson wasn’t done. Usery got the ball again in a short-yardage situation, and smashed in another three-yard touchdown, to make the halftime score 40-12.
Starting the scoring off in the third quarter, Will Breeze got the handoff and powered it in from two yards out to add another seven points. That put Jefferson up 47-12.
The next Jefferson touchdown came on a fumble recovery. Usery scooped and scored from 25 yards out to make it a 54-12 game.
With only 33 seconds remaining in the quarter, Kole Williams got the handoff and ran it in from 11 yards out to add the final Jefferson points of the game. The Blue Jays took a 61-12 lead into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Bayless added another touchdown, and a two-point conversion, making the final score 61-20.
D. Breeze was a perfect 10 for 10 in passing, for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Politte had three catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. W. Breeze caught three passes for 50 yards, and Nate Breeze had two receptions for 21 yards.
On the ground, Jefferson ran the ball 25 times for 144 yards. Usery had six of the carries for 29 yards and three touchdowns. Stokes ran the ball four times for 72 yards and a touchdown. W. Breeze also had four carries for 19 yards and one touchdown.
Karson Haefner commented on his team’s rebound after last week’s loss, “I think the loss just pushed us to go harder in practice and I really think it was one of our best weeks of practices that we’ve had so far. It feels good to get a big win like that, and winning the game doesn’t mean we’re gonna go light next week because we’ve got a tough game coming up with Valle Catholic. We just need to have a better week of practice then we did last week. Like Coach Rouggly tells us, ‘Your never gonna stay the same. Your either gonna make progress or get worse, and we just need to keep pushing.'”
Defensively, the Blue Jays had five takeaways, including three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. N. Breeze had six tackles and one interception. Usery had five tackles and two fumble recoveries, while Stokes made four tackles, including a sack, and one interception. Colton Richardson also had five tackles. Lastly, Williams had two tackles and one interception.
Rouggly noted, “Defensively we had five takeaways bringing our season total to 19 overall. Our kids are taking a lot of pride on that side of the football. We still need to continue to work on tackling which we will. There are always things we feel we can improve on. Our kids understand that.”
Rouggly knows what needs to be done, and commented, “We have to have a great week of prep for a great Valle team next Friday. Our kids are excited about the opportunity to play a great opponent.”
The Blue Jays will look to keep on rolling as they now prepare to travel to Valle Catholic next Friday, October 1st, to take on the Warriors.