* CONTRIBUTED BY BOB ZANNI
NORTH JACKSON, OH – On a crisp autumn evening in the small town of North Jackson, Ohio, the Western Reserve Blue Devils took on the Jackson-Milton Bluejays in a highly anticipated football matchup. The excitement in the air was palpable as fans from both teams gathered at the stadium.
The Western Reserve Blue Devils got off to a strong start in the first quarter. Their quarterback, Luke Henning, led the charge with a 1-yard touchdown run. However, instead of opting for a conventional extra point attempt, the Blue Devils had something special up their sleeves. Henning faked the PAT and found Nathan Hemberger in the end zone for a 2-point conversion. The trick play put Western Reserve ahead 8-0 with 7 minutes and 40 seconds left in the first quarter.
As the first quarter came to a close, the Blue Devils’ offense continued to impress. Henning showcased his passing skills with a beautiful 28-yard touchdown pass to his reliable target, Chris Pater. Andriy Chuta Suy nailed the extra point, extending Western Reserve’s lead to 15-0 with just 1 minute and 53 seconds left on the clock.
The Blue Devils weren’t done yet. In the second quarter, Henning connected with Jack Darney on a 10-yard touchdown pass, further cementing their lead. Chuta Suy once again delivered with the extra point, making it 22-0 for Western Reserve at 3 minutes and 24 seconds into the quarter.
The Jackson-Milton Bluejays, determined to get on the scoreboard, mounted a comeback in the third quarter. Joey Zayas broke through the Blue Devils’ defense with a determined 17-yard touchdown run, and Sam Conn successfully converted the extra point, narrowing the gap to 22-7 at 9 minutes and 21 seconds in the third quarter.
Despite the Bluejays’ valiant efforts, the Western Reserve Blue Devils managed to hold on to their lead for the rest of the game. Their earlier touchdowns and successful extra points proved to be enough, as their defense held strong against the Bluejays’ offensive attempts.
In the end, it was a triumphant night for the Western Reserve Blue Devils, who emerged victorious with a final score of 22-7. The team’s creativity on special teams and their strong offensive plays, led by Luke Henning, propelled them to this impressive win, leaving their fans excited as they celebrated a well-earned victory on the road.