Jaguars fall to St. Thomas Aquinas

On Friday Sept. 30, the Jaguars lost to St. Thomas Aquinas 40-33 to fall to 3-2

Katya Gillig, JagWire news editor

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In the fifth game of the season on Friday, Sept. 30 the Jaguars fell to the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints 40-33.

The Saints took a late first quarter lead, with a touchdown to put them up 6-0.

After a 32 yard run by junior quarterback Brody Flaming, sophomore wide receiver Logan Talley scored a 23 yard touchdown. After a failed two point conversion, the game was tied at 6-6.

Senior wide receiver Payton Marlow thought the team had a good mentality in the game after a loss last week.

“Our mentality was just get back to the basics and we all knew we needed to be more physical in this game,” Marlow said. “I don’t know if we quite brought it, but we definitely left everything out there on the field this game.”

The Saints quickly struck back with a 54 yard touchdown. After a missed extra point, the Saints lead 12-6.

St. Thomas scored a touchdown on a fumble by the Jaguars while receiving a punt, to put them up 18-6 halfway through the second quarter.

According to sophomore running back Cameron Young, there is still a lot for the team to work on.

“[We need to] be more physical and not beat ourselves up and [not] commit penalties and fumble the ball, [we] just need to take care of the ball,” Young said.

Marlow scored a touchdown on a 70 yard catch. A successful extra point by sophomore kicker Jack Matchette brought the score to 18-13 Saints heading into the half.

After a 19 yard catch by Talley, senior wide receiver Ben Hartman caught a 23 yard pass for a touchdown. A failed two point conversion put the score at 19-18 late in the third quarter.

A fumble by the Jaguars gave the Saints the ball early in the fourth quarter. They capitalized with a touchdown and a two point conversion to go up 26-19.

The Saints scored again to go up 33-19.

After a 20 yard run by Flaming, Young ran the ball 32 yards for a touchdown. This gave the Saints a 33-25 lead.

Head coach Joel Applebee took a lot of positives from the game.

“The effort they showed tonight, coming back the way they did [was positive]. There’s a lot of times we could have gotten down and they didn’t. They held their heads high, they continued working hard, and that’s exactly what I love to see out of them,” Applebee said.

Young later got a 50 yard run to set up the Jaguars. Young scored a touchdown with just two minutes left. A successful two point conversion tied the game at 33.

The Saints quickly answered with a touchdown to go up 40-33. This was the final score.

Regardless of the result, Applebee thought it was a well fought game.

“That was a lot of fun,” Applebee said. “That was a great high school football game.”

The Jaguars will play next at Bishop Miege on Friday, Oct. 7.

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