Jaguars beat league rivals 49-12

Alana Flinn, sports editor

The Jaguars beat the Bonner Springs High School Braves at Bonner 49-12 on Friday, Sept. 29.

Four minutes into the game, senior receiver Staton Rebeck completed a 4-yard touchdown pass. A successful extra point by junior kicker Connor Mills brought the score to 7-0, Jaguars.

Ten minutes into the first quarter, the Braves fumbled on first and 10 at the 22-yard line, giving the Jaguars possession. Senior quarterback Skyler Windmiller threw a touchdown pass to Rebeck on first down. The point after was good and the score became 14-0, Jaguars.

“Winning the turnover battle is one of the most important aspects of a football game,” Rebeck said. “Most times whoever wins this battle wins the game. Our defense did an awesome job making some hits and forcing turnovers.”

The Braves had a breakaway run early in their next possession, allowing for a quick touchdown. Junior defensive end Alex Rounds blocked the kick, bringing the score to 14-6, Jaguars.

After numerous small yard plays, Rebeck scored his third touchdown of the night. The extra point was good, bringing the score to 21-6, Jaguars, with four minutes left in the first quarter.

With 44 seconds left in the first quarter, senior receiver LJ Hatch completed a 33-yard touchdown reception. With the extra point, the first quarter ended with a score of 28-6, Jaguars.

“It’s a lot better to complete long-yardage touchdowns,” Hatch said. “It’s usually just you versus one or two people compared to a short [yard touchdown] where you have five or six guys in your area.”

After several exchanges of possession in the second quarter, the first to score was the Braves. With 3:32 left in the half, the Braves scored on first and seven at the 7-yard line. After a failed two-point conversion, the score became 28-12, Jaguars.

With one minute left in the half and the Jags at fourth and goal, the Jaguars faked a field goal and Rebeck threw a touchdown pass to sophomore linebacker Tyler Garrison. The extra point was good and the first half ended with a score of 35-12, Jaguars.

“We wanted to try a little trickery on a fake field goal because we wanted a touchdown to close out the half,” Rebeck said. “It was something we worked on in practice and it fit perfectly into the game situation.”

Early into the third quarter, Hatch made a 42-yard touchdown run. The point after brought the score to 42-12, Jaguars.

With seven minutes left in the third quarter, senior running back Kendall Short carried numerous times to bring the ball to the 23-yard line. Hatch completed the possession by scoring on a 23-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good and the score became 49-12, Jaguars, which would be the last scoring play of the game.

“The game went exactly how we thought it would,” Short said. “We viewed a lot of film over the course of the week and we had control of the game the entire 48 minutes.”

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