With half the team leading the way, Noah Makings takes his fumble recovery to the house.
Rock Port opened the football season with a 62 – 0 win over the Dekalb Tigers, in a stormy night. After an hour rain and lighting delay Rock Port received the opening kick-off where #24 Quentin Carder took it back for the first touchdown on the night, taking 8 seconds off the clock.
This was a good home opener for the Jays to work on their offensive and defensive sets. Offensively the Jay were able to score almost at will. Tyler Jones took the first pass from quarterback Jase Hughes for a touchdown, giving the Jays a 16-0 lead. Tyler had two receptions for two touchdowns. This was followed by Caden Linthicum taking the handoff 72 yards for a touchdown. Dalton Brake scooped up a fumble and took it to the house. Ryan Dewhirst caught a pass over the middle to score six. Noah Makings picked up another fumble and rumbled to the endzone for six. The final touchdown came from freshman Alex Burke in the second quarter, punching the ball in from the five yard line making the final score 62-0 all touchdowns were followed up with two point conversions.
Defensively the Jays only gave up two first downs caused 5 fumbles, three of which were recovered by the Jays and two were returned for touchdowns. The Jays held the Tigers to only 54 total offensive yards. Leading tacklers were: Ryan Dewhirst 7, Tyler Jones 6, Trenton Oswald 5, Quentin Carder 5, Gavin Abbott 5, Carter Ottmann 4, Noah Makings 4, and Daniel Hart 4.
Looking ahead to Friday night the Jays travel to Barnard to take on Platte Valley, which is Jefferson and South Nodaway coop. Platte Valley suited out 10 for their first game against Mound City.
Coach Ross Hastert said: “As we begin preparations for our week two opponent, South Nodaway, two things jump out at me on film. They are very scrappy and are always around the ball defensively, and secondly they will challenge our discipline on defense. They may not have the numbers this year, however, with former Stanberry coach Dan Collins coaching them, he will have them ready to play. It will be important that on our first road trip of the season that we are ready to play from the opening kickoff. See everyone in Barnard on Friday for step two in our journey this season.”