Jaguars defeat Topeka-Seaman 31-7 in first playoff game

Jags advance to second round of playoffs after win over the Vikings on Friday, Oct. 27

Katya Gillig, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

The Jaguars defeated the Topeka-Seaman Vikings 31-7 in the first round of the playoffs on Friday, Oct. 27.

In the first quarter, the Vikings scored a touchdown with a one-yard run, after an interception thrown by senior quarterback Brody Flaming.

According to junior defensive back Ryan Bauer, the defense made small changes to lock down for the rest of the game.

“Just coming out making the little adjustments, fixing the small things that allowed them to get more yards [prevented further scoring],” Bauer said.

After Flaming round senior wide receiver Evan Rice, the Jags scored with a 24-yard field goal by junior kicker Jack Matchette. After this field goal, the Jags trailed 7-3, with 11:30 remaining in the second quarter.

A punt return by junior wide receiver Logan Talley gave the Jags the ball on the Seaman 39 yard line. They capitalized with a touchdown run by junior running back Cameron Young. After a successful extra point by Matchette, the Jags led 10-7 midway through the second quarter.

Junior offensive lineman Alex Kramer believes that the offensive line has come together, which has allowed the run game to open up.

“We really started to mesh together as a unit and work together hard through practices and everything,” Kramer said. “We’re just getting confidence with each other and knowing that we’re going to do our jobs and trust in each other up front.”

Midway through the third quarter, a long run by Flaming set up the Jaguars with good field position. Flaming’s pass to Talley was good for a touchdown and Matchette’s extra point gave the Jags a 17-7 lead.

In the Jags’ next drive, Flaming found Rice for a touchdown. The Jags lead 24-7.

Flaming found Talley again for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. After Matchette’s extra point, the Jags were ahead 31-7. This would be the final score.

The Jags advance in the playoffs and will face the Schlagle Stallions on Friday, Nov. 3.

According to Bauer, the Jags will stick to their normal routine for next week’s game.

“[We have to] just keep working hard every day and watch film, scout them out well [and] just come out, know what we got to do and do our jobs 100 percent,” Bauer said.

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