Freeman JH Football Wins Over JCC
The Freeman Falcon junior high football team improved to 2-0 on the season by defeating the Johnson County Central Thunderbirds 56-14 at home on Thursday, September 13, 2018. The Falcons scored early and often in the first quarter, led by excellent blocking on the offensive line. The offense started the scoring explosion with 3:58 left in the opening quarter with an 8 yard touchdown run by Taylan Vetrovsky and 2 point PAT run by Carter Ruse to open an 8-0 lead. After a second consecutive three and out by the defense, Ruse completed a 14 yard touchdown pass to Carter Niles with 2:01 left in the first. With a failed PAT pass, the Falcons kicked off again with a 14-0 advantage. The Falcons used a couple of timeouts during the next Thunderbird offensive series to get the ball back for a third, quick three and out. With a strong south wind to their backs the Falcon offense used a combination of pass and run to score for the third time in the quarter. Vetrovsky capped the drive with a 14 yard touchdown run, followed by another successful PAT rushing attempt by Ruse to open a 22-0 lead at the end of the quarter.
The aggressive Falcon squad extended their lead with a 52 yard rushing touchdown by Ruse, who followed with a rushing PAT attempt for a 30-0 advantage with 4:47 left in the 2nd quarter. The Falcons got on the board two more times in the opening half, with a 5 yard touchdown run by Ruse and a Gabe Goes 11 yard touchdown run. Both PAT attempts failed, yet the Falcons continued to build their lead to a 42-0 advantage. With 15 seconds left in the half, the Thunderbirds got on the board with a 30 yard touchdown pass and successful PAT run to make the halftime score 42-8.
The Thunderbirds brought the opening kickoff of the second half back for a touchdown to close the gap to 42-14. Freeman answered the two JCC scoring plays with a 38 yard touchdown run by Vetrovsky. After the failed PAT attempt, the score stood at 48-14. The Falcon defense dominated the game all afternoon and with 6 minutes to go in the 4th quarter, Nate Eisenbarth recorded a safety to extend the score to 50-14. As the Thunderbirds punted after the safety, Vetrovsky scored one final time for the Falcons, returning the punt 55 yards for a touchdown, closing the scoring at 56-14. The Falcons did a lot of great things in the ballgame, but will have to keep improving as they travel to Falls City to play Sacred Heart on Tuesday, September 25 at Jug Brown Stadium for a 4:00 p.m. kick.