The Bluejays lose the home opener, but win many praises

: Cesar J ToledoSports
The Bluejays lose the home opener, but win many praises

In their home opener where one more play could’ve determined the difference between winning and losing, the Perry Bluejays football team tried their best but couldn’t come up with the one play they desperately needed.

The rain had subsided the mud had settled and the crowds had gathered to watch their Bluejays take on the Adel Desoto Minburn Tigers. The Perry fans may not have liked the final outcome, but they probably fell in love with what they saw out on that field.

On Friday August 28, the Bluejays lost a nail biter to the Tigers in a close 13 to 14 match-up. Those fans that walked through muddy trails and soaked bleachers were treated to all the excitement and drama that comes with any great football game.

The game was back and forth with neither team taking the reins until the Tigers scored a touchdown on a pass play but missed the extra point, which only put them up by six before the half.

In the second half the Jays seemed to put aside their jitters as they were able to cut ADM’s lead to seven when senior quarterback Ryan Rathje led a nine play 67 yard drive that resulted in a touchdown to fellow senior wide receiver Tavier Lucas.

A couple of plays later the Bluejays’ defense scored on a huge fumble recovery that saw junior Adan Medina rumble toward the Tiger’s end zone.

In the end time just ran out on the Jays, which even in defeat conducted themselves with class. They may not have liked the end result but many people were proud of what they saw above all head coach Jason Olejniczak who saw a ton of positive things.

“We fought back, we played tough and we outplayed them the second half so we just came up short,” he said. “I was very proud of them. They turned the game around and they competed for all four quarters. We build from here. “

The Bluejays will look to bounce back this Friday as they travel to take on North Polk High School.