Blue Jay Football 2019: Strong start to tackling the competition this season

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Blue Jay Football 2019: Strong start to tackling the competition this season

Jackson-Milton Seniors

Jackson-Milton Seniors

Jackson-Milton Seniors

Jackson-Milton Seniors

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August 30th the Blue Jays hosted the Southington Chalker Wildcats. The Jays had a slow start to the first half trailing by 6 in the second quarter. A long offensive drive would be capped off by a 4-yard touchdown rush from Sean Lengyel, putting the Jays up 7-6 at halftime. Aaren Landis would connect with Frank Prozy on a 33-yard touchdown pass to start off the second half putting the Jays up 13-6. Later the Jays would put together another drive resulting in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Aaren Landis to Noah Kramer making the score 19-14. The Jays then would have another explosive 33 yard play, this time a 33-yard touchdown run by Sean Lengyel. Putting the Jays up 27-14. Late in the fourth quarter the Jays would put the game out of reach from an electric 71-yard touchdown run by Sean Lengyel. The Jays went on to be 1-0 after 33-14 route.

The Blue Jays then traveled to Newton Falls the following week. The Jays would face adversity from the start after an opening drive touchdown from the Tigers. The Jays would battle back scoring on a 49-yard Sean Lengyel rushing touchdown. Newton Falls would score again putting them up 14-6 at halftime.

The Blue Jays came out the second half and running back, Sean Lengyel, would cap off a long 15 play drive with a 13-yard rushing touchdown making the score 14-12 Newton Falls. The Jays would get the ball back in fourth quarter and Sean Lengyel would have a 7- yard touchdown making it his third touchdown of the game. The 2-point conversion was good putting Jackson-Milton up 20-14. The Tigers would keep fighting and score again giving them a one point 21-20 lead over JM.

However, the Jays would get the ball back with less then 4 minutes of play. The Jays drove down the field and with 48 seconds and running left on the clock Aaren Landis would find Frank Prozy in the back corner of the endzone on 10-yard touchdown pass on a spectacular catch, giving the jays a 26-21 lead. The Tigers got the ball back with just 25 ticks left on the clock. Falls drove 30 yards down field but on 1st down with less then 15 seconds left Ethan Evans sacked the quarterback. On second down Newton Falls would throw a deep pass towards the endzone as time expired, the ball fell incomplete and the Jackson-Milton Blue Jays would upset The Newton Falls Tigers 26-21.

Prozy was asked about his clutch catch, in which he responded, “Well I was put in a position to make a play to seal the game, so I went out and made that play to help us win.”

On Friday the 13th the Blue Jays hosted the Windham Bombers in which they soundly defeated them 35-14. The Blue Jays elected to receive and would have a long 15 play, 7 minute drive resulting in a Sean Lengyel  touchdown. Extra point was good by Mark Martin. The Jays then forced the bombers to punt and on the first play of the Jays drive, Sean Lengyel would have his second touchdown on a 53-yard rush down the sideline. On their next drive the Jays would get in excellent field position after Aarem Landis found Frankie Prozy for a big gain. Lengyel would feed the ball again in the red zone giving him his 3rd touchdown of the half. The bombers would get the ball back with 3 minutes left in the half and Wide Receiver Bert Jones made a big play resulting in a Bomber touchdown making the score 21-7 at half.

The Bombers got the ball back and scored another touchdown shorting the Blue Jays lead to just 7. However, the Blue Jays drove back down the field and Lengyel would find the endzone for a fourth time. The Jays put the game out of reach with a well blocked 63-yard touchdown rush by Sean Lengyel for his 5th touchdown of the game.

Lengyel would end up with 25 carries for 289 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns, Noah Kramer would have 10 carries for 60 yards, Arren Landis would have 7 carries for 56 yards and 25 yard pass completion to Frank Prozy. In total offense the Blue Jays would total 455 yards led behind the offensive line consisting of Logan Pugh, Joey Keller, Harrison Lay, John Landis and Shane Davis. The final score 35-14 Jays.

Senior Captain John Landis was asked how he felt about an explosive start to the season, in which he replied, “As a unit we’ve been able to cooperate which has led us to our success over the past three weeks and hopefully we can do the same going into week 4.”

The Jays hosted Western Reserve on Friday September 20th and battled Mineral Ridge on their home field the following week.  The team is going into Week 6 with a record of 3-2.

Coach Brode, Coach Chick, Coach French, Coach Zayas, and Coach Lib all play special roles on the team. They can help the team as a whole, but all specialize in something different. Coach Chick has been around football since he was playing in high school. Coach Brode is the offensive coach, Coach Chick is the defensive coach, Coach French and Coach Zayas are the Offensive Line and Defensive Line Coaches, and Coach Lib is the wide receiver and defensive back coach.

Coach Brode states, “The season has had its ups and downs with starting out 3-0 and now losing 2 straight to have our record at 3-2 on the season. We hope to get back on track this week as we travel to Springfield to play the Tigers in an MVAC matchup.”

Coach Brode also states what is incorporated in practices, “Practices consist of film study, weight training, stretching, individual- group – and team parts of practices. We also like to incorporate stations such as tackling or agility throughout the week of practice.”

“The team has had to handle both success and now failure, however we still remain positive in our outlook to get better each day and execute the game plan on Friday nights. We have 13 seniors on our roster for the 2019 team. Friday night we play Springfield and we are looking to play hard, play sound and be physical, while executing the game plan,” said Brode.

It sounds like a positive future for the Blue Jays.

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