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Jaguars take tough loss on senior night

The Jaguars record fell to 2-4 after a loss to Bishop Miege on Friday, Oct. 6

Katya Gillig, JagWire sports editor

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As senior Evan Rice pushes a defender out of the way, senior Clark Harris looks to advance the ball. The Jaguars lost to Bishop Miege on Friday, Oct. 6 with a score of 54-21.

The Jaguars lost in their final regular season home game to the Bishop Miege Stags 54-21 on Friday, Oct. 6. This loss drops their record to 2-4.

Eleven seniors and one senior manager were recognized before the game, as well as all other fall sports senior athletes during halftime.

Head coach Joel Applebee said he was “proud of his seniors and the legacy they will leave behind.”

The Stags started out strong with a 51-yard catch, which led to a passing touchdown. After a failed two-point conversion, Miege led 6-0. After an interception by senior quarterback Brody Flaming, the Stags ran it in for another touchdown.

Junior defensive back Steven Colling attributes Meige’s fast start to both their skill and mistakes by the Jaguars.

“Miege is just a great team, a lot of good athletes on there,” Colling said. “We just started slow and that cost us.”

Midway through the first quarter, a 60-yard catch set up a run by their quarterback for a touchdown. The Stags led 20-0.

Although the defense gave up early touchdowns, head coach Joel Applebee sees a lot of growth in the defense.

“[Miege is] a very good team, we’ve got to give them credit,” Applebee said. “At the same time, we’re getting better defensively. We’ve just got to eliminate a few mistakes here and there, but in the end I saw a ton of improvement from our defense.”

A fumble by Miege went into the endzone which resulted in a touchback, giving the Jaguars possession. However, the Jags failed to capitalize the opportunity with another interception by Flaming.

The Stags scored again midway through the second quarter, extending their lead to 27-0.

After the Jaguars failed to convert on fourth down, the Stags got the ball. They took advantage with a 64-yard rushing touchdown. With less than three minutes left in the half, the Stags scored again. At the half the Jaguars trailed 41-0.

The Stags came out of the half strong with a touchdown less than two minutes in.

A fumble recovered by junior linebacker Sage Sieperda set the Jaguars up with great field position. After a 23-yard catch by junior wide receiver Logan Talley, Flaming found junior running back Trevor Wieschhaus in the endzone for a touchdown. The Jags trailed 48-7.

Applebee believes that the second half offensive success was significant.

“It’s huge,” Applebee said. “We talk a lot about how we want to win the second half and [we] did a great job of doing that.”

Miege quickly responded with a 77-yard run that set them up at the Jags two yard line. A few plays later they ran it in for a touchdown.

With less than a minute left in the third quarter, junior running back Cameron Young ran it in 8 yards for a touchdown, bringing the score to 54-14.

Wieschhaus scored the lone touchdown of the fourth quarter with almost four minutes remaining. This put the final score at 54-21.

Colling hopes to carry the momentum of the second half into next week.

“We just got to get to work again,” Colling said. “We’ve got to prepare for next week, keep the good things in mind [and]forget the bad things.”

The Jaguars will face the Blue Valley North Mustangs on Thursday, Oct. 12.

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