Bluejays unable to get first win versus Toreadors
On a cold breezy night when both teams were searching for that elusive first win, it was the Toreadors that found itself in the win column. That it was a hard fought game would be putting things lightly. Through two and a half quarters the Bluejays held strong and kept the game within striking distance. In the end, Boone found its rhythm and scored 13 points as it defeated the Bluejays 27-10.
Bluejays’ head coach Jason Olejniczak, who was disappointed with the loss, more for his players than himself, concentrated on what his team did right rather than only focus on where his team could have performed better.
“I thought all around we were much better on both sides of the ball, we showed signs of life on offense at least,” he said. “We can’t afford to take one bad play and when we do it usually kills our drive so we just have to eliminate those. But yeah, there was certainly more spark on offense than there has been.”
On offense, senior Ryan Rathje had a solid performance. He only threw for 74 yards but he did complete 69 percent of his passes with no interception. One of those passes was to fellow senior Jacob Thompson. Thompson had a few steps on his defender and was able to haul in the 41-yard bomb by Rathje before getting tackled close to the Toreadors 10-yard line. The Bluejays were unable to score. Boone then marched down the field and scored to put the game at 27-3.
With nine seconds to go and the game out of reach, the Bluejays’ offense continued to grind. Junior quarterback Wyatt Halling was under center when he took a few steps back, set himself, and threw a pass which was tipped and nabbed by senior Tavior Lucas. Lucas then sprinted 50 yards and scored the Jays lone touchdown.
“I was just looking for a tip. I was just really excited when I saw it go up and then I snatched it and ran,” said Lucas.
Those who weren’t able to attend might not have noticed that the Jays’ defense had a good game. However, coach Olejniczak was proud of what he saw from his defense. He credited his coaching staff with the great plan they put together and believed his kids executed it well.
“I thought our defense played great. They put up 27 last week against a very good Humboldt team,” he said. “So we felt good about our defense, we had a real good plan.”
Junior Brandon Juarez had an interception, which he returned for 30 yards. Sophomore Mark Campos led the team with 9.5 tackles while senior Joe Olvera finished with five. Olvera’s mother Christine Moran, who along with his grandmother attends every game, believed the team has started to come together.
“I think Perry is doing a lot better this week than they did last week,” she said. “I think they just need to keep up. They are coming along.”
Perry will be on the road this Friday as they take on the 2-2 Carroll Tigers.