The Red Jacket football team shutout Tri-Cities on Saturday afternoon to keep the team's playoff hopes alive
The Red Jacket Indians played host to Tri-Cities on Saturday afternoon and needed a win to keep its playoff hopes alive in Class D. The Indians got the job done in convincing fashion, defeating the Titans 30-0.
Red Jacket wasn’t perfect by any means, as its offense turned the ball over on three different occasions. Nonetheless, their defense stepped up and posted an impressive shutout.
Head coach Josh Henninger spoke after the game and gave his thoughts on the team’s performance.
“I thought we played hard. We played together,” Henninger said. “We had a lot of mistakes, but we were able to mentally overcome them. I thought that was the difference.”
Red Jacket’s first points came from Chase Rizzo, a player who’s more than familiar with the end zone. Rizzo motioned left on a wide receiver reverse and turned on the jets for an 83-yard touchdown. The Indians failed on the two-point conversion but still possessed a 6-0 lead with a minute left in the first quarter.
The next score would come with a little over two minutes left in the second quarter. Logan Keifer took a hand off to the house for a 22-yard TD, extending the lead to 12-0. Red Jacket elected to go for two again and were successful the second time around as quarterback Matt Record connected with Jarrett LeGault to give them a 14-0 cushion. That score would remain as the first half concluded.
The Indians utilized its special teams in the second half to put its offense in favorable position. Keifer blew through the line of scrimmage and blocked a punt, putting the offense in the red zone to start the drive. Two plays later, LeGault trotted in for a two-yard TD. Record and Keifer would then meet on the two-point conversion to push the lead to 22-0.
The final score for Red Jacket came from the player who got the scoring started, Rizzo. He caught a pass from Record and took it 45 yards for a TD. The Indians again went for two and LeGault somehow corralled a pass in the back of the end zone to further the lead to 30-0.
With such a stellar performance, Rizzo had to be talked about after the game. Henninger mentioned what he brings to the table for the Indians.
“I’ll tell ya, as physically gifted as he is, he’s even been more of a leader. Even if he makes mistakes, he has stepped up afterwards. He has led by example all season,” Henninger said. “That’s what I’m more proud of him about. Yes, he’s physically a gifted football player and athlete, but his leadership is what I’m more proud of.”
With the win, Red Jacket improved its record to 4-3 on the season. And more importantly, they still have a shot to be a Section V playoff team.
“It’s still up in the air,” Henninger said on the team’s playoff status. “We just wanted to worry about what was going on this Saturday. So, we just wanted to win. And whatever happens from there happens from there. Hopefully we’re in.”
Midlakes 4, Pavillion/York
Isaiah Delgado led Midlakes with an impressive 38 assists, 13 digs, and two aces.
Josh Delgado added 18 kills and seven digs. Brandon MacDonnell recorded 22 assists and Maverick Coryell added five digs, five blocks, and five kills.