St. James rolls Schlagle
By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
St. James Academy jumped out to an early lead in their second round Kansas 5A match up with the Schlagle Stallions on Friday November 4. The final score was 53 - 17.
Schlagle fumbled the opening snap of the game and SJA recovered on the 22. Four plays later Jack Petz put the Thunder on the board with his first touchdown of the day. It wouldn’t be his last. St. James decided to go for two after a Schlagle penalty on the PAT. The conversion was good and the Thunder took a 8-0 lead.
After another Stallion fumble the SJA took over on Schlagle’s 9 yard line. The Stallion defense held strong and forced the Thunder to kick a field goal.
Later in the first quarter St. James would strike again. Petz busted loose for his second touchdown. This time the junior ran by everyone for a 42 yard score.
Schlagle’s first bright spot of the game came when they recovered a fumbled deep in SJA territory. They were held to a field goal.
On the Thunder’s first play after the field goal Petz scored again. His third touchdown of the day would be his longest, 86 yards straight up the middle.
Two minutes later Schlagle would answer. Brayden Soza hit Jaleen Jackson for a 30 yard touchdown. Soza lofted the ball to the goal line and Jackson out jumped the SJA cornerback to come down with the ball in the end zone. The touchdown cut the score to 25-9 and that would be as close as the Stallions would get.
Schlagle turnovers would lead to most of St. James’ points, including late in the first half. An interception return set up a short Petz touchdown to make the halftime score 32-9.
After the intermission is was more of the same with the Thunder adding three more touchdowns in the second half. The biggest news for the Stallions came when senior running back Comelius Ruff broke a 30 yard run in the fourth quarter. The long run put Ruff over 2,000 yards on the season.
St. James advances to play Mill Valley Friday Nov. 11 in the sectional round of the 5A playoffs against Mill Valley.
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