|Blue Jays rally in BIG way to demolish Crimson Streaks|
|Monday, November 12, 2012 11:47 AM|
They built up a 21-7 lead behind the right arm of Zack Yeckley with just 13 minutes gone in the contest.
The Blue Jays then dominated the rest of the night, scoring 47 unanswered points to rout the Crimson Streaks 54-21 in a game delayed by lightning in the fourth period.
St. John’s (8-4) will now play McComb, who ousted Tiffin Calvert, Friday night in the regional finals.
The Blue Jays had got within 21-13 to start the second half and made their halftime adjustments on both sides of the ball.
Whatever head coach Todd Schulte and defensive coordinator Steve “Peanut” Recker did, they should bottle it.
“We just put our kids in better positions to do their jobs and make plays. That’s what adjustments are all about,” Schulte explained. “They were hurting us with their passing game early on and we started to get more pressure on their quarterback. Offensively, outside of a couple of our own mistakes, they really only stopped us once. We were very effective.”
The Jays received a 64-yard kickoff return by Tyler Jettinghoff to start the half at the Fremont (10-2) 31. Four plays later, including a pass interference on the Streaks and their own holding penalty, the Jays fumbled, with Mitchell Gonya recovering at the 6.
The Jays gave up a first down but forced a punt; the 21-yard shank gave them field position at the Fremont 41. Mark Boggs (5-of-9 passing, 72 yards) hit Andrew Metzger for 22 and then two running plays put the pigskin at the 6. Boggs (11 rushes, 56 yards) then took an option to the right, kept it and hit the defensive back head-on at the goal line for the six. The fake extra-point pass failed and the Jays trailed 21-19 with 5:58 left in the third.
The Jays forced a 3-and-out and the offense commenced at the 36. With a 9-play drive (all but one play — an incomplete pass — on the ground), the Jays took the lead for good. At the Streak 16, Luke MacLennan (14 totes, 146 yards, 3 scores) took a quick trap up the gut and was virtually untouched to the end zone. Jettinghoff swept left end for a 27-21 edge with 1:38 showing in the period.
St. Joe’s tried to retaliate, driving from the 29 to the Jays’ 27 in 11 plays. An apparent 27-yard touchdown connection from Zack Yeckley to Jordan Sessler (4 grabs, 92 yards) was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty and resulted in a loss of down as well, forcing a punt.
It took the Jays one play to go the 79 yards. Jettinghoff (21 rushes, 244 yards, 2 scores) took a toss off right tackle, found a nice hole, followed the blocking through the traffic and emerged toward the sideline. He broke a tackle at the Fremont 35 and headed toward the middle to finish off the scoring jaunt. The 2-point pass failed for a 33-21 edge with 9:26 left.
That is when lightning was spotted — a common occurrence during the regular season this fall — and it resulted in a 1-hour, 35-minute delay.
On the score, a personal foul was called on Fremont and the Jays kicked off — once play resumed — at the St. Joe 45, with Metzger putting the ball in the end zone.
On the very next play from scrimmage — at the Fremont 29 — Yeckley went deep but Ben Youngpeter leapt and got the pick at the Jays’ 36. Jettinghoff then busted loose once more. He took a toss off right tackle, got through the traffic downfield and then turned on the jets to the end zone. Metzger made it 47-21 with 8:27 left and another personal foul was called on the Streaks.
Once more starting at the 20, St. Joe’s reached the Jays’ 44 in three plays. However, Yeckley went over the middle and Troy Warnecke got the pick instead, setting up the Blue and Gold at their 47. The Jays finished off the scoring with an 8-play drive. At the Fremont 13, MacLennan took a trap inside right guard, bounced it outside and found paydirt with 1:56 remaining. Metzger added the final point.
“We’ve been waiting for this kind of execution on the option and we’re getting it. Tyler seems always a shoestring away from breaking a big play and that’s a big part of our offense,” Schulte added. “What makes us more effective is that Luke is running better and better and gives us that second option when teams tried to take Jett away. When they try to take those two away, Mark is doing a good job reading it and making plays. The offensive line is doing ag reat job in front of them; even though teams may stack the line, it’s hard to take everything away.”
The Crimson Streaks got off much quicker than they ended.
They took the opening kickoff, starting at the 26, and went up with an 8-play drive, where Yeckley (22-of-40 passing, 284 yards, 3 picks, 3 TDs) completed a torrid 4-of-6 (67 yards); that included a 53-yarder to Seesler on the very first play. On the eighth play at the Jays’ 6, a 4th-and-5, Yeckley threw to Sessler on a quick slant to the left side for the score. Corey Durbin’s extra point made it 7-0 with 8:52 showing in the opening period.
The Jays retaliated with a 4-play, 62 yarder, set up by a 15-yard kick return by Warnecke. Three running plays put them at the Fremont 36 and from there, MacLennan took an option handoff over the left side, broke through tacklers at the line of scrimmage and veered toward the left sideline for the six. Metzger tied it at 7 with 7:16 showing in the first.
Back came Fremont with an 8-play, 67-yarder. Yeckley was 3-of-5 (55 yards), including a 7-yard score on a toss to the right side of the end zone to Luke Stierwalt (8 catches, 61 yards). Durbin’s point-after-touchdown was wide to make it 13-7, Streaks, with 4:13 to go in the first.
The Blue and Gold tried to get it going and gained one first down but had to punt.
Yeckley was a perfect 4-of-4 (64 yards) on a 7-play, 74-yard sojourn, including a 28-yard scoring toss to Marcus Kerr (7 catches, 104 yards) on a perfect seam route on the right hash. Yeckley hit Stierwalt for the 2 and a 21-7 edge with 11:28 left in the half.
That would be the final points that Fremont St. Joseph would score in the game and the year.
The Jays tried to retaliate and did march from the 20 to the Fremont 28 but a holding call stymied the drive and it ended on an interception by Alex Valeba at the Streaks’ 14.
The Jays then went on an 11-play, 66-yard drive that chewed up 4:02. At the St. Joe 8, Boggs dropped and threw to Youngpeter in the right corner of the end zone for the tally with 23 ticks left. Metzger’s kick was wide left for a 21-13 halftime lead.
ST. JOHN’S 54, FREMONT ST. JOE 21
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