SHS Football: Jays are Sectional champs following Caney Valley win

Junior Nate Menold attempts a field goal out of the hold of senior Matthew Garber during the Sectional Football game against Caney Valley on Friday, November 11, in Sabetha.
Junior Marcus Bauman catches this pass in the end zone during the Sectional Football game against Caney Valley on Friday, November 11, in Sabetha.
Senior Jonathan Renyer makes his way down the field toward the end zone during the Sectional Football game against Caney Valley on Friday, November 11, in Sabetha.

The Bluejays advanced to the Sectional round of the playoffs and faced off against the 8-2 Caney Valley Bullpups Friday, Nov. 11, in Sabetha. The winner of the game would advance to Sub-State and the loser would hang up their pads for the season. Sabetha dominated the game in all aspects, forcing four turnovers, holding the Bullpups to a little more than 130 total yards, and scoring on the ground and through the air. The Jays blanked Caney Valley, 47-0.

“When we can win a sectional playoff game, it’s special and it means we are one of the top four teams in the entire state,” said Head Coach Garrett Michael. “The team has gained an extreme amount of confidence during the playoffs and is playing their best football of the year.”

The Bullpups received the opening kickoff, ate up most the first quarter clock and pushed into the red zone at Sabetha’s 15-yard line. An offensive penalty and a sack by junior defensive lineman Joshua Grimm pushed Caney Valley back to the 26 yard line. Facing a fourth down and long, the Bullpups went to the air and it was picked off by senior Jonathan Renyer.

It took the Bluejays six plays, and after facing a fourth and short near midfield, Renyer erupted for a 48-yard rushing touchdown to give Sabetha the early lead. The Jays held a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Bullpups went three and out on their second possession and punted the ball back to Sabetha. The Jays started their drive on their own 38-yard line, but Renyer would run 24 yards on the first play of the series. Renyer eventually powered into the end zone from six yards out early in the second period. A two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, but the Bluejays led, 12-0.

Caney Valley turned the ball over for the second time when they fumbled on their next possession with junior Tyler Menold coming up with the loose ball. Senior quarterback Matthew Garber connected with junior receiver Marcus Bauman for a 20-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. Then, Garber rushed for a touchdown from two yards out to elevate Sabetha’s lead. At the intermission, the Bluejays led, 26-0.

Caney Valley was forced to punt twice, lost a fumble on another possession, which was recovered by senior Nathan Voos, and turned the ball over on downs in the second half.

“The defense played lights out, and getting a shutout in any playoff game gives them a great deal of confidence,” Coach Michael said.

Sabetha scored twice in the third quarter with a 34-yard reception from Garber to junior Christian McAfee, and with senior running back Abe Wehner’s electrifying 96-yard ramble to the end zone.

Junior Colin Menold rushed for nearly 200 yards for the night and scored early in the fourth quarter on a 90-yard burst to the end zone, to put the Jays even further out front.

“Our offensive line were dominant, leading the way to back-to-back 400-yard rushing games,” Coach Michael said. “It was nice to see the passing game executed really well. That will be big going down the stretch.”

Junior placekicker Nate Menold was five for six for point after attempts and narrowly missed a 34-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half. The Bluejays took the victory over the Bullpups, 47-0, and improved to 9-2 on the season while grabbing the Sectional title in the win.

Now, the Jays advance to the Sub-State round of the playoffs, where they will travel to Nemaha Central High School to take on the undefeated Thunder at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in a game to earn a berth into the championship game. Nemaha Central advanced to this game after a 44-20 win over Humboldt in their Sectional contest.

“This sub-state game is the very reason why we have the saying, ‘It’s a big game because it’s the next game.’ It’s important that we practice what we preach all year because blocking all the ‘outside noise’ out will be crucial,” Coach Michael said.

Sabetha vs Caney Valley 11.11.222

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

TAC

SKS

INT

FUM RCY

#      REC

REC  YDS

#         RU

RU YDS

Davis Rokey

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Aiden Lang

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mitchel Kramer

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Nathan Voos

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Nohl Niehues

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

-7

Matthew Garber

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

-1

Nate Menold

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Marcus Bauman

6

0

0

0

1

20

0

0

Chase Frey

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colin Menold

3

0

0

0

0

0

13

194

Noah Kroll

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Abe Wehner

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

96

Jonathan Renyer

4

0

1

0

0

0

18

156

Christian McAfee

10

0

0

0

1

26

0

0

Kellen Wenger

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tyler Menold

6

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Harper Schmelzle

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dalton Rokey

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Trevin LaVoie

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kean Haverkamp

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Brendan Severin

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Joshua Grimm

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kodi Miller

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jacob Grimm

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TEAM TOTALS

PASSING STATS

SHS

CV

Name

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

PASSING YARDS

PASS FOR TD

INTER. THROWN

FIRST DOWNS

16

8

M. Garber

2-4

46

2

0

THIRD DOWN CONV.

5

4

2

0

0

0

0

FOURTH DOWN CONV.

2

2

3

0

0

0

0

# RUSHES

37

50

4

0

0

0

0

RUSHING YARDS

439

137

5

0

0

0

0

RUSHING AVG. YARDS

11.9

2.7

PASSING YARDS

46

0

# COMPLETIONS

2

0

# PASSES

4

4

# INTERCEPTIONS

0

1

PUNTING YARDS 

39

37.8

FUMBLES/LOST

0

3

PENALTIES/LOST YARDS

35

20

TOTAL OFFENSE

485

137

Pete Schuetz146 Posts

Pete Schuetz is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where he has been on staff since 2022. Pete is a retired teacher from the USD 113 Prairie Hills School district. He lives in Sabetha with his wife and one of his two sons.

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