Baan Hofman records 3 TDs in Jaguars' win over CougarsCORSICA — Corsica/ Stickney’s Gunner Baan Hofman scored three touchdowns, including an 83-yard kickoff return to open the game, to lead the Jaguars to a 56-0 win over South Central in a Class 9A contest Tuesday night.
By: Owen Reitzel, The Daily Republic
CORSICA — Corsica/ Stickney’s Gunner Baan Hofman scored three touchdowns, including an 83-yard kickoff return to open the game, to lead the Jaguars to a 56-0 win over South Central in a Class 9A contest Tuesday night.
The Region 3 matchup ended at halftime by the mercy rule.
Baan Hofman, who racked up 134 yards on eight carries, added scoring runs of 24 and 79 yards. It was his speed that made the difference, C/S head coach Jason Broughton said.
“When Baan Hofman gets loose, there’s nobody that’s going to catch him,” Broughton said. “(Quarterback Adam) Bormann runs the show out there and made all the right decisions. We looked good.”
The Jaguars, who scored on all seven possessions, forced a Cougar punt and needed only three plays and a touchdown from Bormann to take a 14-0 lead.
South Central’s next drive proved to be their best of the night as the Cougars drove to the C/S 35-yard line. But a fourth-and-10 a pass attempt by quarterback Zach Sebern fell incomplete to kill the drive.
C/S went on a nine-play drive that covered 65 yards, capped when Mason Van Vuuren scored from 21 yards out, giving the Jaguars a 24-0 advantage with just over two minutes left in the opening quarter.
A South Central fumble gave C/S the ball on the Cougar 38-yard line. On the next play, Bormann hit Brian Joachim on a 38-yard play-action scoring pass, and the Jaguars led 32-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Broughton was also happy with how his defense has improved during the year.
“Our defense has gotten better, along with our offense, all year long,” he said. “We improved leaps and bounds and we’ve had a lot of young kids step up and it’s fun to see.”
Bormann finished with 12 carries and 95 yards.
The Jaguars were led on the defense by Lane Thomas, who had 17 tackles and an interception, and Kade Rexwinkle’s 10 tackles.
The Jaguars’ speed was the main worry for South Central coach Mike Sebern.
“We knew that they had a lot of team speed and we needed to negate those big plays,” Sebern said. “But when they got the big plays that got them up by two scores, and even though our kids have comeback in those situations, we just never responded.”
Garrett Burns led the Cougars (4-5) on the ground with 52 yards on nine carries.
South Central was led defensively by Sam Hazen with eight tackles.
C/S advances to the second round Monday in a quarterfinal game.