Sully Buttes ends Jaguars’ seasonCORSICA — The Sully Buttes Chargers jumped out to an early 12-0 lead and went on defeat an undermanned Corsica/Stickney squad 42-22 in Class 9A quarterfinal action on Monday.
By: Owen Reitzel, The Daily Republic
CORSICA — The Sully Buttes Chargers jumped out to an early 12-0 lead and went on defeat an undermanned Corsica/Stickney squad 42-22 in Class 9A quarterfinal action on Monday.
Sully Buttes takes on Harding County on Saturday in Buffalo in a semifinal matchup.
The Jaguars were without starting quarterback Adam Bormann, who hurt his hip in last Tuesday’s victory over Mount Vernon, while senior back Kiefer Johnson was out with a pulled hamstring.
The Chargers took the opening kickoff and marched 57 yards in just less than three minutes and took a 6-0 lead on a Conner Uhlir 2-yard run.
After forcing a Jaguar punt, Sully Buttes fumbled the ball to C/S at the Charger 25-yard line.
But the Sully Butte defense stiffened and got the ball back on downs at its own 34-yard line.
On the first play from scrimmage, Charger back Jordan Lamb broke up the middle and raced 61 yards to the C/S 5-yard line.
Uhlir scored from four yards out and Sully Buttes had a 12-0 lead.
Did losing the two starters have an effect on the opening of the game for the Jaguars?
“I think it did,” said C/S coach Jason Broughton. “How else can you explain how we fell asleep for the first quarter?”
The Jaguars did awaken in the second quarter.
With 10:22 left until intermission, C/S began a 12-play drive at its own 34-yard line that ended on an 8-yard scoring run by Lane Thomas, and the Jaguars pulled to within four at 12-8.
Sully Buttes answered back as quarterback Hayden Hancock hit Herman Kleinsasser on a 49-yard scoring pass, and the Chargers took a 20-8 lead into halftime.
The opening few minutes of the second half proved to be the downfall for the Jaguars.
The Chargers’ opening kickoff hit a C/S blocker, and Sully Buttes recovered at the 50-yard line.
Nine plays later, Uhlir scored on a 16-yard run and the Chargers led 27-8.
The ensuing kickoff saw Sully Buttes squib-kick the ball and after bouncing off a couple of Jaguars, the Chargers recovered at the C/S 17-yard line.
Sully Buttes took advantage of the turnover and scored on a 4-yard run by Uhlir and in a matter of minutes, the Chargers led 34-8.
The Jaguars tried to come back as Wylie DeLange had scoring runs of 26 and 28 yards to get C/S to within 34-22.
But Uhlir scored his fifth touchdown of the night on a 4-yard run to stifle the Jaguar comeback.
“That really took the win out of our sails,” said Broughton of the two turnovers to open the second half. “But I thought we played hard when we played. We needed to play four quarters of ball to give ourselves a chance to win and I didn’t think we did that tonight.”
DeLange led the Jaguars with 171 yards rushing on 19 carries
C/S ended the night with 325 total yards.
Myles Van Vuuren and DeLange led the Jaguar defense with 14 tackles each and Tyler Anthony followed with 10 tackles.
“I was happy for our kids because they’ve worked hard,” Sully Buttes coach Mark Senftner said. “They (C/S) are a good team. We knew that they wouldn’t give up. They had every reason to quit with the guys that they had out with injuries, but they didn’t.”
Handcock was 9 of 14 for 150 yards through the air.
Sully Buttes had 324 total yards.
The Chargers defense was led by Uhlir with 15 tackles followed by Nick Lentz with 13 tackles and Handcock with 12 tackles.
SB: Conner Uhlir 2 run (run failed)
SB: Uhlir 4 run (run fail)
C/S: Lane Thomas 8 run (Zach Conner pass from Ryan Hongslo)
SB: Herman Kleinsasser 49 pass from Hayden Handcock (Tate Senftner pass from Handcock)
SB: Uhlir 16 run (Matt Wright kick)
SB: Uhlir 4 run (Wright kick)
C/S: Wylie DeLange 26 run (Conner pass from Hongslo)
C/S DeLange 28 run (run fail)
SB: Uhlir 4 run (Senftner run)