Football defeats Saint Thomas Aquinas 38-20

Jaguars win their first game of the regular season

Kat Anglemyer, JAG editor-in-chief

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  • Following the coin toss, senior Lucas Krull gets fans excited before the game begins. The Jaguars defeated the Saints, 38-20, on Friday, Sept. 4, starting off their season with a record of 1-0.

  • Leaping into the in-zone, senior quarterback Logan Koch scores a touchdown at the first football game of the season against St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday, Sept. 4.

  • Before the football game against St. Thomas Aquinas High School, senior Shane Calkins serves a hotdog to senior Sid Jambunathan.

  • In the St. Thomas Aquinas parking lot, senior Shane Calkins gives out the last hotdog of the night as students tailgate before attending the game.

  • The football team pays respect to the national flag during the national anthem during the football game Friday, Sept. 4.

  • Hand in hand, senior Cole Morris, junior Joel Donn and seniors Sebastian Peterson and Logan Koch walk down the 50-yard line to prepare for the coin toss.

  • Waiting for the coin toss, Jaguar football players hold hands and wait for the outcome of the toss.

  • Seniors Christian Jegen and Lucas Krull chest-bump after a touchdown at the football game vs. Aquinas on Friday, Sept. 4.

  • Juniors Dalton Bray and Jack Campbell cheer after a touchdown at the football game on Friday, Sept. 4.

  • The student section at the football game against St. Thomas Aquinas cheers after an interception.

  • Coach Andrew Hudgins instructs the players on their next play at the football game vs. St Thomas Aquinas on Friday, Sept. 4.

  • Senior Tyler Shurley receives instruction from one of his coaches.

  • Looking towards the sidelines, junior Ben Hartman jogs to the line.

  • Head coach Joel Applebee and senior Lucas Krull embrace after a play.

  • Head Coach Joel Applebee congratulates his players and gives them advice going into next weeks practices leading up to the first home game on the new turf on Friday, Sept. 10.

  • After receiving the ball, junior Joel Donn attempts to gain yards.

  • Senior Logan Koch looks for an open teammate to pass to.

  • Upon breaking through the defense, senior Lucas Krull runs through the gap made by the offensive line.

  • In midair, senior Christian Jegen catches senior Logan Koch’s pass.

  • Senior Brittany Ouellette helps a player stretch to avoid cramps.

  • Avoiding the defender, senior Christian Jegen runs the ball.

  • While leading the student section in a chant, senior Clayton Holmberg cheers on the Jaguars.

  • Directing the team, senior quarterback Logan Koch calls out the play.

  • After a pep talk from head coach Joel Applebee in the locker room at halftime, seniors Spencer Clayborn and Lucas Krull run out and get the crowd excited for the second half.

  • Senior Christian Jegen dodges the defense.

  • As he pushes away defenders, senior Lucas Krull runs the ball to gain yardage.

  • To protect senior kicker Andrew Hicks, senior Spencer Clayborn prepares to block the defense.

  • Wide receiver coach Zach McFall and sophomore receiver Evan Rice celebrate after an interception by the Jaguars.

  • During the postgame speech by head coach Joel Applebee, senior Lucas Krull smiles from excitement over the win against Aquinas. The Jaguars defeated the Saints in the first game of the season, 38-20, on Friday, Sept. 4.

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Jaguars captured a 38-20 win against last year’s 5A state runner-up Saint Thomas Aquinas Saints on Friday, Sept. 4, in their season opener, despite the Saints scoring within the first minutes of the game.

“When [the Saints] came out and scored in the first series, I kind of thought this could be a long game,” senior receiver Christian Jegen said. “Our defense and offense all stepped it up so it was all good.”

Jegan responded to the Saints touchdown with one of his own towards the end of the first quarter. The extra point was made by senior kicker Andrew Hicks to put the Jaguars in the lead 7-6.

During the second quarter, senior wide receiver Lucas Krull catches a pass made by senior quarterback Logan Koch to bring the score to 14-6 Jaguars. The Saints score a touchdown soon after and made the score 14-12 Jaguars.

Going into the game, the excitement outweighed any hesitations head coach Joel Applebee had.

“I knew [Aquinas] was going to be a very good team,” Applebee said. “They obviously returned a lot of kids from last year and they went to the state championship game. We knew we had to be well prepared and I thought our kids did just that. They were well prepared and they did a great job.”

Koch ran the ball in for a touchdown early in the third quarter and made the score 21-12 Jaguars.

Towards the end of the third quarter, the Jaguars intercepted the ball. With 1:10 left in the third quarter, Koch ran the ball in to bring the score to 28-12 Jaguars. The Jaguars intercepted the ball again with :22 left in the third quarter.

With close to three minutes left in the game, Hicks made a field goal to bring the score to 38-14 Jaguars. The Saints responded soon after with a touchdown of their own but the Jaguars prevailed and won the game 38-20.

According to Koch, winning his first game back after an injury last season was a great accomplishment.

“It felt great to win. Ever since I went down last year because of my knee, I’ve been working to get back at this game,” Koch said.

Practicing during the summer made the team feel ready to take on the competition, according to Jegen.

“I think the whole team felt good and prepared,” Jegen said. “We’ve been practicing since the beginning of summer. We went down to Tulsa and played seven on seven. We worked hard and we were ready to go get [the Saints].”

Next week, the Jaguars face the Blue Valley Northwest Huskies at home. The game will be the first regular season game played on the turf.
“It’s exciting,” Applebee said. “The turf is a new look for everybody and I think everyone is excited about it.”

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