Footballers Pound Hornets 41-7


Photo by Marvin Foster

Photo by Marvin Foster

 (BLUFFTON) - Bluffton's ground game was way too much for the Cory-Rawson defense to handle.  Kaleb Jefferson ran roughshod for 184 yards and four long touchdown runs and the Pirates decimated the Hornets 41-7 at Harmon Field to open the 2017 season. The win over Cory-Rawson was the seventh consecutive victory for Bluffton. 

In a harbinger of things to come, Cory-Rawson opened the game by losing a fumble on their own 20 yard line.  Jefferson made the Hornets pay by scoring on an 11 yard dash up the middle before cutting outside.  The Pirates added a second touchdown of the first quarter on a fourth down play.  Junior quarterback Logan Rhodes rolled to his right and lofted a pass to the back corner of the end zone.  6’3” wideout Mason Ault reeled in the toss.  Jefferson bowled into the end zone for the two point conversion and Bluffton led 14-0.  

The second quarter should have been sponsored by Soft Water Coin Laundry on Main Street because there were flags on the field on what seemed like every play.  The Pirates were able to fight through the mire and keep Cory-Rawson pinned in their own territory for the vast majority of the quarter.  With just over a minute left, Jefferson got loose again.  This time, the speedy senior took a handoff and burst up the right sideline for a long touchdown run.  The extra point was blocked making the score 20-0 which stood at the half.  Richards commented, “There’s a lot of moving parts with our offense and we have four offensive linemen making their first career start.  We definitely will have things to work on moving forward, regarding penalties.”  

Defensively, the Pirates allowed just one first down in the half and forced two turnovers.  Brice Rayle, Mason Ault and Justin Haggard each sacked Cory-Rawson quarterback Tommy Stauffer.  The Hornet running back trio of Deonte Davis, Austin Price and Kyle Schultz was mainly held in check by the stingy Pirate ‘D’.  Cory-Rawson ran a familiar version of the triple motion offense, mixing in frequent jet sweeps to keep the Pirate defense guessing. “Defensively, we were thrilled with our effort and execution,” Richards said.

Kaleb Jefferson put the game out of reach in a hurry early in the second half.  The senior exploded up the middle untouched for a 39 yard score just seconds into the half.  On the play previous, he had scored but it was called back for a hold.  Four minutes later, Jefferson bounded up the middle again.  A Cory-Rawson defender attempted to bring down the 6’2” 215 pound back but Jefferson drug him and another Hornet teammate into the end zone.  Deandre Nassar added a 27 yard blast up the middle to make the score 41-7 in the third quarter.  “We were banking on Kaleb, Deandre and Dakota being a handful for Cory-Rawson and they proved to be just that.  Each one had multiple highlight plays and carried us to the win.  I was pleased with our quarterback play.  Both Logan (Rhodes) and Brice (Rayle) kept the chains moving for us,” Richards added.  

Cory-Rawson scored their lone touchdown on a 56 yard pass from sophomore quarterback Tommy Stauffer to senior Eric Ritter.  The points were the first CR had scored against Bluffton in the last four meetings.  Cory-Rawson gained just 88 total yards of offense in the game.  Hunter Busch led Bluffton with 10 tackles.  Gavin Conrad and Baylor Garmatter added 8 tackles each.  Conrad recorded three sacks total for the game and forced a fumble.  

Deandre Nassar picked up 80 yards on just six carries out of the backfield. Offensively, Bluffton gained 398 yards including 385 on the ground.  

Bluffton hosts Van Buren in Week 2 action.  The Black Knights fell 12-7 to Carey in Week 1. 


Photos by Marvin Foster

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