Jaguars fall to Blue Valley North at home

The Jaguars were defeated 41-16 on Friday, Sept. 28

Taylir Charest, JAG people editor

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The Jaguars fell to the Blue Valley North Mustangs on Friday, Sept. 28. Shortly after kicking off to the Mustangs, the Jaguars recovered a fumble in the end zone resulting in a safety. This put them ahead 2-0, only 44 seconds into the game.

With 7:55 left in the first quarter, junior linebacker Carson Caldwell recovered a fumble by the Mustangs and ran it back for a touchdown.

Caldwell was surprised to score a touchdown after recovering the fumble from the Mustangs.

“I just picked up the ball and I started running,” Caldwell said. “I didn’t expect the end result to happen, but it did, so I’m really excited for that.”

The Mustangs answered, scoring a touchdown on the following drive. The Jags led 8-7.

Blue Valley North scored another touchdown, but the extra point attempt was blocked. This put the Mustangs on top 13-8. Later, the Mustangs were able to capitalize on a Jaguar fumble and score a touchdown. They led 20-8 with 7:08 left in the first half.

The Mustangs intercepted the ball on their own 8-yard line and were able to march down the field to score another touchdown before the half ended. They went into halftime leading 34-8.

Caldwell prepared for this game both mentally and physically in a variety of ways.

“I watched a lot of film and really made sure I was going over the reps at practice perfectly,” Caldwell said. “I kept my mind on the goal.”

Senior running back Cameron Young was able to break through the Mustangs’ defensive line and score a touchdown for the Jaguars in the third quarter. The Jaguars completed a two-point conversion. The Mustangs led 34-16.

After not knowing if he was able to play again this year, Young was excited to score.

“I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to play again this season, so scoring a touchdown my first game back felt great,” Young said.

With 9:42 left in the game, senior defensive back Eli Midyett recovered a fumble by the Mustangs, but the Jaguars failed to score.

Although Young believes there are things the team can improve on, he also sees positives to their performance.

“I think there are things we could’ve done better, but I thought my O-line blocked well and I thought we did pretty good running the ball,” Young said.

Blue Valley North scored the last touchdown of the game and won 41-16.

Next week the Jaguars will travel to Pittsburg to face the Pittsburg Dragons on Friday, Oct. 5.

To prepare for the upcoming game, the team is going to work hard and as a unit, according to Caldwell.

“We’re definitely going to make sure that we all have conformity and we’re going to keep working harder each week,” Caldwell said.

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