Jays fall to Holton Wildcats

The undefeated Holton Wildcats came to Sabetha on Friday, Sept. 24, to take on the Bluejays. It was a close battle through the first two quarters with the Jays trailing by three points at the intermission, but a huge third period for the Wildcats stretched their advantage. Their first touchdown in the second half went 80 yards on four plays. The Jays would take the loss at home, 41-17.

“This game, we played a very good first half and did not play great in the second half,” said Head Coach Garrett Michael.

The Bluejays received the opening kick, but they went three and out and punted the ball back to their opponent. The Wildcats marched 65 yards on four plays to the end zone and led 7-0 around the nine minute mark of the first quarter.

Sabetha answered on their next possession, marching 50 yards and chewing up some clock, when Pepign Dengemasine’s 30-yard field goal made the score, 7-3.

Holton added another score on a 53-yard run by Jace Boswell late in the first frame and extended their lead to 14-3.

Quarterback Matthew Garber would connect with his receiver, Tristan Wittwer, on a nine-yard pitch and catch in the second quarter to close the deficit to 14-9, after a failed two-point conversion attempt. The rest of the period was scoreless and Sabetha trailed by three points at the break.

The third quarter was marked by big plays for Holton’s running game and a struggling Bluejay offense. The Wildcats put up 27 points in the third quarter and stretched a comfortable lead as they had the advantage of 41-9 at the end of the third.

The Jays defense held their guests scoreless in the fourth quarter and got a huge stop on fourth down and two midway through the fourth quarter.

Sabetha would march down the field on a possession early in the fourth, chewed up some clock and was punctuated by a two-yard touchdown punch by Jonathan Renyer with about five minutes to play in the game. Garber connected with Christian McAfee for the two-point conversion and the gap was shortened to 41-17.

An onside kick from Sabetha was unsuccessful, but a Holton fumble and Bluejay recovery on the drive gave the Jays some time to punch in another score. The drive would stall and Sabetha turned the ball over on downs. Holton ran a couple of plays and took a knee to kill the clock and seal the win, 41-17.

“Again, our kids played hard and we saw us get tougher in some positions,” Coach Michael said. “Our special teams are really playing well and have played well all season. We have to start putting all aspects together and play an entire game.”

The Jays will travel to Rock Creek on Friday, Oct. 1, in a non-league contest.

 

9.24.2021 Holton

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

TAC

SKS

INT

FUM RCY

#      REC

REC  YDS

#         RU

RU YDS

Tristan Wittwer

2

0

0

0

1

9

0

0

Preston Michael

3

0

0

0

1

19

0

0

Nohl Niehues

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Matthew Garber

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

Marcus Bauman

4

0

0

0

3

22

0

0

Jake Beyer

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

22

Chase Frey

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Abe Wehner

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jonathan Renyer

5

0

0

0

0

0

4

22

Josh Herrmann

7

0

0

0

0

0

17

106

Christian McAfee

3

0

0

0

1

7

0

0

Tyler Menold

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Aidan Wittwer

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Thadd Menold

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kaden Edelman

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Drew Bestwick

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Brenden Severin

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Easton Bradbury

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Matthew Whittaker

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jacob Grimm

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

TEAM TOTALS

SHS

HOL

FIRST DOWNS

16

16

THIRD DOWN CONV.

6/17

0/3

FOURTH DOWN CONV.

2/4

1/2

# RUSHES

47

38

RUSHING YARDS

175

487

RUSHING AVG. YARDS

3.7

12.8

PASSING YARDS

105

0

# COMPLETIONS

10

0

# PASSES

19

1

# INTERCEPTIONS

1

0

PUNTING YARDS

39.8

42

FUMBLES/LOST

0

1

PENALTIES/LOST YARDS

5/25

3/15

TOTAL OFFENSE

280

487

 

PASSING STATS

Name

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

PASSING YARDS

PASS FOR TD

INTER. THROWN

Matthew Garber

10-17

105

1

1

Christian McAfee

0-2

0

0

0

 

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