• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Jayhawks to face tougher challenge at Central Heights

Above, Jayhawk running back Trevor Brownback takes a handoff from quarterback Dylan Nickelson as lineman Josh Doan hold off a Northern Heights defender. Below, Jayhawk Austin Nation puts pressure on Wildcat quarterback Clayton Collier. (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

After rolling over Northern Heights last week, the Jayhawk-Linn football team travels to Central Heights (2-2) for a non-league game this Friday. The Jayhawks will put their perfect 4-0 record on the line against a team that last week beat Uniontown, 21-6.

It's expected to be a tougher match-up for the Jayhawks after last week's lopsided win against Northern Heights. While the Jayhawks had some miscues against the Wildcats (0-4), they continued to look impressive, scoring early and often in the game.

Only 34 seconds had run off the clock in the first quarter before Jayhawk Garrett Seely scampered 58 yards into the end zone to score. The point after conversion was good and the Jayhawks were up 8-0.

On their first possession, the Wildcats punted away after the ‘Hawks’ defense stopped them cold. A pass from quarterback Dylan Nickelson to Gus Grote moved the Jayhawks to the Wildcat 33 yard line, and a 20-yard run by Trevor Brownback had the team on the Wildcat 13.

Braeden Nation carried the ball into the end zone from there. And with a charge by Nation on the conversion attempt, the Jayhawks were ahead 16-0 with about seven minutes left in the first quarter.

Less than a minute later, the ‘Hawks recovered a Wildcat fumble on the Northern Heights 25. On the first play of the possession, Nickelson kept the ball on a broken pass play and scrambled into the end zone. Brownback punched into the end zone again on the extra point attempt and the Jayhawks were up 24-0.

After showing some spark on offense with a 32-yard pass play to the Jayhawk 38, the Wildcats fumbled away the ball and the Jayhawks quickly turned that into another touchdown on a pass to Austin Nation followed by a successful conversion attempt by Braeden Nation. Jayhawks 32-0.

The Jayhawks would score again before the end of the first quarter on a 15-yard run by Brownback, and a conversion attempt by Tucker Hall.

Jayhawk Gus Grote outflanks the Wildcat defense to add another touchdown to the home team's score.

The ‘Hawks put another eight points on the scoreboard early in the second quarter. But the Wildcats punted away on the fourth down on their next possession, setting up another Jayhawk touchdown. Grote made his way into the end zone followed by two points by Brownback on the conversion, making the score 56-0 at halftime.

Northern Heights showed more poise in the second half, with their defense forcing a Jayhawk punt on fourth down. The Wildcats took advantage of the three-and-out by scoring on an 83-yard drive on nine plays.

Wildcat quarterback Colton Collier connected with Leo DeDendor on some crucial pass plays in the drive. The Wildcats reached the end zone on a pass and added two points on the conversion attempt in the fourth quarter.

The Jayhawks would make the final score of the game on a 34-yard pass to Grote. A two-point conversion by Braeden Nation gave the ‘Hawks a 64-8 win.

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