Friday, September 04, 2015

Friday Night Lights II: an ugly loss

The Jaguars played an ugly first half of football with countless mistakes, and at halftime they are losing 24-0 at Browerville. Final: Browerville/Eagle Valley 38, B-B-E Jaguars 8. The state-ranked Tigers out gained the Jaguars in total yards by a 354 to 189 margin; of B-B-E's 189 total yards, 182 came on the ground. Both teams had three turnovers: two lost fumbles each, and one interception apiece.

This was a tough game to cover. The Jaguars beat themselves throughout the entire first half and repeated some of that in the second half. They punched through a touchdown on their first possession of the third quarter after the defense rose up and stopped Browerville on the first drive after halftime. When the Jaguars got into the red zone on offense, time after time they choked (see video below).

Other updates:
At halftime Pierz is ahead of Melrose 14-0. Their game was put on hold at halftime due to multiple lightning strikes. They resumed after 10 p.m., and last I heard it was 21-0 Pierz. Final: Pioneers won 34-0!! Holy smokes!!

I see that sixth-ranked Upsala/Swanville Area lit up Parkers Prairie earlier today to hand the Panthers their first loss of the season. USA is 3-0, while Parkers Prairie is 2-1. Next for the Jaguars is a home game against Parkers Prairie for Week Four on Friday, September 11.

Here's video from a drive that covered the end of the third quarter and then stalled out in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter:

Scores in games with Midstate District, Sub-District 3 teams:
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 18, Kimball Area 13 (the Fighting Saints, with their entire lineup intact for the first time of the season, pulls together a win in Murdock to keep the Cubs winless...K-M-S had at least seven regular starters missing in Weeks One and Two due to academic infractions and one MSHSL alcohol violation)

Week Three area football scores on Sept. 4:
Montevideo 34, Sauk Centre 14 (Mainstreeters fall to 0-3 on the season after trailing 34-0 through three quarters in Montevideo)
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 21, Yellow Medicine East 6
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 47, Benson 39 (OT!!! at Big Cat Stadium)
Maple Lake 46, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 14
Holdingford 34, Paynesville Area 22 (Bulldogs! Welcome to the Central Minnesota Conference schedule that the Jaguars endured from 1999 to 2014)
Albany 34, New London-Spicer 6
Brandon/Evansville 34, MACCRAY 14
Staples-Motley 30, Osakis 19
Brainerd 27, Willmar 13
Renville County West 41, Park Christian 0
Minnewaska Area 33, BOLD 12
Alexandria 70, St. Cloud Apollo 33
Eden Valley-Watkins 42, Rockford Area 7
Pierz 34, Melrose Area 0 !!
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 30, LeSueur-Henderson 23