Football falls to Blue Valley North

The Mustangs defeat the Jaguars 52-23 on Pink Out night

Deanna Newman, JAG reporter/photographer

 

In their seventh game this season, the Jaguars took on Blue Valley North on Friday, October 14. The game resulted in a 52-23 loss.

The Mustangs took a very early first quarter lead with two touchdowns and successful one point conversions within first 2 minutes, putting them up 14-0.

Sophomore kicker Jake Ashford then attempted a 37-yard field goal with 4:51 left in the first quarter but was unsuccessful.

Sophomore running back Cameron Young has grown as a player and as a person this season.

“I think I’ve matured a lot as a person from [the] coaches and experiences through games and battling adversity, it’s really made me more mature,” Young said.

After an 80-yard carry, Blue Valley North scored a touchdown and extra point towards the end of the first quarter.

To start off the second quarter, sophomore wide receiver Logan Talley scored the first touchdown for the Jaguars. A successful extra point by sophomore kicker Jack Matchette brought the score to 21-7.

With the state playoffs coming up, senior offensive lineman Keegan Zars trusts that the team can still make it to state.

“As seniors, we’ve got to work on getting our leadership back,” Zars said. “Not just vocally, but getting it installed in the underclassmen that we’ve still got a chance at state”.

The Mustangs scored another touchdown and extra point, bringing the score to 35-7 going into the half.

Blue Valley North kept their lead with a field goal late in the third quarter. The Mustangs then scored a touchdown after a 71-yard carry and completed a one point conversion.

With seconds left, the Mustangs scored another touchdown and extra point to end the third quarter 52-7.

Young commends the team for not giving up despite the Mustang’s lead.

“It felt satisfying just to know that we didn’t quit; we finished the game,” Young said.

Young then scored a touchdown for the Jaguars late in the fourth quarter. Matchette’s kick for an extra point was successful bringing the score to 52-14.

The Jaguars received a two-point safety from the Mustangs with a minute and a half left in the game.

After an 18-yard carry, Young scored a touchdown with 4.3 seconds left in the game. Matchette scored an extra point for the Jaguars resulting in an end score of 52-23.

The loss will give the team motivation to work hard, according to Zars.

“[The loss is] going to give us another edge,” Zars said. “It’s the fourth game in the losing streak. It’s going to give us a fight to keep going.”

The Jaguars will play Gardner Edgerton at home for senior night on Friday, Oct. 21.

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