Wildcats blow out Bosse, improve to 4-0September 11, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
JASPER — Jasper remains undefeated after running past Evansville Bosse Friday night on its home turf at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium.
The Wildcats (4-0, 4-0) were without senior back Lance Dawkins on Friday, but not without the potent rushing attack from their option game. They put the game to bed early by scoring 35 points in the first
quarter of play, replacing starters with reserves before it got to the second quarter.
Senior quarterback Blake Mann again took care of business this week both through the air on and on the ground. He got the Wildcats on the board by keeping the football to the right for a 29-yard score with 10:42 to go in the first quarter. Mann added one to the left for good measure, taking a 37-yard run to the house a minute letter with 9:08 to go on the first play from scrimmage.
He did it with his arm, too, after senior Ross Peter recovered for the Wildcats off a Bosse fumble with he connected with junior Isaac Day for 39 at the 7:57 point of the first quarter, giving Mann his third total touchdown of the evening with just more than four minutes elapsed in the ballgame.
“(Mann) did a good job of reading things,” Wildcats coach Tony Lewis said. “I thought up front that we controlled the line of scrimmage again, and that’s a big key. I think our offensive line is starting to gel even more, and Coach (Joe) Shelton, our offensive line coach, along with Coach (Gavin) Lichlyter do a great job of communicating with those offensive linemen, and our offensive linemen have a ton of different calls that they got to make based on what we see defensively, and they’re doing a great job of communicating.”
Mann was relieved by sophomore Grant Young after the Wildcats were on their goal line and already leading, 28-0. Jasper managed to get some mileage out of Young as well, as his 7-yard touchdown run with 4:41 to play in the first quarter set up a 35-0 Wildcats lead after junior Sam Leonard, subbing in for Alex Sermersheim, kicked the extra point.
Young, too, added a passing touchdown to the stat sheet in his own right when he found senior Caleb Burger for a 63-yard score 13 seconds into the second quarter. Then, a day after kicking a goal on the soccer field for Jasper, Leonard booted a 34-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 45-0 lead. That was the score they took into halftime, and the second half was played with a running clock.
Lewis asked his reserves to run the team’s base offense. He thought the players who came in played pretty hard overall, and Lewis gave a lot of credit to the defense for getting the shutout against the Bulldogs. Jasper will be back Sept. 18 at home against Evansville Mater Dei in an All-Wildcats showdown. Lewis knows how well-coached and disciplined Mater Dei is, and Jasper will get ready its fifth game, starting Saturday.
“We’re going to just watch a lot of films,” Lewis said. “Our kids have an assignment. They’ve got three hours of film work that we’re going to be checking to make sure they get done this weekend.”
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