The Jefferson R7 High School Varsity Football team probably feels like it’s been running uphill this entire season after a season opening loss at Fredericktown and a 1-3 start. But, the Blue Jays can get back to the .500 mark if they find a way to knock off Perryville at home this Friday night.
First-year Head Coach Matt Atley hopes last week’s 42-6 drubbing of Bayless will be the start of a much more productive second half of the regular season.
Sean Usery has been trying to hold up his end of the bargain. The Senior ran wild against the Bronchos with 291 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He’s averaging almost 111 yards on the ground per game and has scored eight of the Blue Jays’ 14 touchdowns on the season. The team averages 20 PPG.
As far as the seldom used passing attack, Nate Breeze has proven to be a big play receiver. He’s averaging more than 21 yards per catch and three of his five catches have resulted in touchdowns.
The Jefferson defense has been a consistent force all season allowing just 12.6 PPG, which is no surprise as it has been the centerpiece of their success the past few seasons. Sam Stokes leads the way with right at 11 tackles per game. Usery is second on the team in total tackles.
Perryville, on the other hand, started the season with three lopsided losses to Oakville, Windsor and St. Vincent, but the Pirates have bounced back with wins over Bayless and Grandview to get within a win over the Blue Jays of reaching .500 themselves.
Alex Sanders and Ben Hotop lead the Perryville ground game with seven of the team’s nine rushing touchdowns.
Ethan Blythe, Cameron Young and Tyler Rhyne are the top receivers with 24 of the team’s 35 receptions from a pair of quarterbacks in Aiden McGarvey and Rilaynd Graham.
Defensively, Kaden Morrison leads the team in tackles and tackles for loss. Chase Richardet has been a ball-hawk with three interceptions.
Jefferson hosts Perryville this Friday night at 7 p.m.
Good luck Blue Jays!