JH Football Wins Over Palmyra
The Freeman Falcon junior high football season got off to a great start with a 36-22 victory over the Palmyra Panthers at home on Monday, September 10th. The Falcons got the scoring started on their first drive of the game with a 36 yard touchdown run by quarterback Carter Ruse. The PAT, (point after attempt), pass from Ruse to Carter Niles came up short, leaving the Falcons with a 6-0 lead at the 6:36 mark in the first quarter. After a great defensive stand, the offense got the ball back and scored their second touchdown of the game with an 11 yard touchdown run by Brandon Jurgens with :36 seconds left in the opening quarter. The PAT run by Ruse was good, extending the Falcon advantage to 14-0. The second quarter brought more stellar defensive play led by the run stopping efforts of Nate Eisenbarth and Trevor Parde. The Falcons turned the ball over on their next two drives of the game, but the defense continued to swarm to the football, with continued great efforts by Brandon Jurgens, Carter Ruse and Carter Niles. The offense put one last drive together to end the half. A couple of completions from Ruse to Niles moved the ball down to the 16 yard line, where Ruse then ran for a 16 yard touchdown with :48 seconds left in the half. Brandon Jurgens converted the PAT run with great lead blocking from Wyatt Buss and Camden Behrens to send the Falcons to a 22-0 halftime advantage.
The defense continued their excellent play in the third quarter. Taylan Vetrovsky, Wyatt Buss, Camden Behrens, Gabe Goes, Hayden Jennings, Connor Harms and Kellen Anderson got in on the tackling fun to keep the Panthers at bay. An 18 yard touchdown pass from Carter Ruse to Carter Niles, followed by a PAT pass with the same connection gave the home team a 30-0 lead with 2:38 to go in the 3rd quarter. Brandon Jurgens capped the scoring for the Falcons with a 39 yard touchdown run with 1:14 to go in the 3rd quarter. The PAT pass from Vetrovsky to Jennings came up short to end the Falcons scoring at 36-0. The Panthers got on the board 3 times in the 4th quarter against our youngest Falcons, who were getting their first taste of junior high football. Even though we gave up some points, it was a good learning experience and will be a great teaching opportunity for the coaches as we move forward in our season. Next up is another home game this week; a make-up game from last weeks rain out. The Falcons host the Johnson County Central Thunderbirds this Thursday, September 13 at 4:00. Hope to see you there!