10-10-10; The Jr. Jeffs traveled to Utica to face the Broncos of Centennial. Looking to end a perfect regular season, the Jr. Jeffs approached the game with a focused attitude. There was no doubt that Fairbury did not look past the Broncos as they quickly shut down their opponents’ first drive by causing and recovering a fumble. The Jr. Jeff proceeded to place the ball in the end zone three times in the first quarter. Dalton Meyer ran around the right side for a 40 yard TD, Cayman DeBoer ran in for a 4 yard score and Antonio Kappelman caught a Blake Bauer pass for the final first quarter TD. Before the first half was over, Bauer found Tanner Novotny for another 25 yard touchdown pass. Adam Wasserman and Dawson DeBoer also added 2 point conversions. Thanks to a solid defensive effort the half ended 28-0.
The second half Jr. Jeffs defense was also solid only allowing 2 opponent scores while denying both extra points attempts. Late in the 4th quarter the Jr. Jeffs took the opportunity to run a couple of new plays, one of which resulted in a 41 yard TD pass from Kappelman to Jacob Johnson. With the final score 34- 12, the Jr. Jeffs can finally look toward Blue Valley Youth Football League Red Subdivision championship.
Statistically rushing for the Jr. Jeffs were Meyer, C. DeBoer, Wasserman, Anthony Moyer, D. DeBoer, Kaden Davis and Bauer. Bauer and Kappelman combined for 150 passing yards and 3 TD’s. Receiving passes for the Jr. Jeffs were Johnson, Novotny, C. DeBoer, Kappelman and Moyer. Novotny, Kappelman and Johnson pushed the ball forward on three kick returns. On the defensive side of the ball, Johnson, Wasserman, Zach Holes, and Meyer lead the tackling but C. DeBoer, Kappelman and Nate Smith all jumped on Bronco fumbles to give the Jr. Jeffs the advantage.
With the lopsided win, the Fairbury coaches were able to give many boys the opportunity to participate in the game and a fifth quarter was also played. This real game action is priceless to the players and to the program as they look the future. The future for this year’s team will end in the championship game next Sunday October 17 at 1:30 p.m. on Doane Colleges’ Simon Field. We hope any one who has any interest in Fairbury football will get the chance to travel to Crete and support this group from Fairbury Youth Tackle Football as they try for their first league championship.
Submitted article by Jeff Johnson, V.P. Fairbury Youth Tackle Football