On Senior Night, the Jaguars celebrated 5 players playing in their last home game of their high school careers. Seniors Kaden Harrison, Kellen Hobson, Austin Hiett, Nathan Hayles, and Paddy St. Hilaire all finished their final home game with a bang, and quickly.
The Jaguars lost their starting quarterback to injury for the season on just the third play of the game in week two against Dayton-Waitsburg. Junior running back Noah Elliott got the nod Saturday night, and on the first play from scrimmage rambled 25 yards on the ground. It would be his last play also, as he suffered a knee injury and would not return. Insert freshman Caleb Sherfey and four plays later the Jags were on the board with senior Kaden Harrison taking it in from one yard out. The first of four touchdowns for Harrison on the night. He would finish with 70 yards on 9 carries with touchdown runs of 19, 5, and 20 after the initial 1 yard plunge.
Freshman quarterback Sherfey would complete 3 of his 8 passes on the night for 58 yards, which included a second quarter 41 yard strike to fellow freshman Andrew Hayles for the last offensive score of the night for the Jaguars. The Jags would add just one more touchdown in the 3rd, but this time it was the defense. Senior Nathan Hayles would drop under a slant route and return the ball 51 yards for the score.
The Jaguar defense, which has been solid all season long, had an outstanding night. They held White Swan to just 73 total yards, picked off 3 Cougar passes, and only allowed 4 completed passes. Senior Kaden Harrison was in on 11 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, and two QB hurries in just two and a half quarters of play. Fellow senior Kellen Hobson had seven solo tackles on the night, being in on eleven total, including two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Junior Chris Yniguez joined in the fun with 8 tackles, two sacks, and a hurry. Junior Kail Carey filling in for the injured Noah Elliott did not disappoint. He finished with 8 tackles, two tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, and a pass defended. Nathan Hayles, Cole Jordan, and Drew Axel each had an interception on the night.
The Jags have a Thursday afternoon game at Mabton this week. It is the final regular season game of the year. Game time is 3:30 p.m. due to Mabton’s lights not working at this time. Then, Tuesday the Jags will travel to either Highland or Kittitas for their season finale in the East vs. West Division crossovers that will conclude the football season.