Football team wraps up fall sports with hard fight in Regional Championship

Senior defensive end Bryson Hobbs stands up an offensive linesman in the 1A Regional Championship at Park Tudor on Nov. 11, 2022.

Katie Hur

After winning its first Sectional Championship in 17 years against Traders Point Christian, the team had a shot at winning its first Regional Championship ever against North Judson-San Pierre.

The Bluejays opened up the game with two touchdowns in the first quarter. The Panthers responded with a touchdown by junior quarterback DJ Gordon in the first minute of the second quarter and an extra point by sophomore kicker Paige Dill, putting the Panthers on the scoreboard. Two touchdown passes by seniors Charlie Perine and Jonathan Harris were nullified by penalties in the first half, resulting in the Panther being down at the half, 27-7. 

The Panthers re-entered the game in the third quarter with a touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Gordon to senior receiver Rod Wheeler, making the score making it 27-13. The Panthers could not stop the Bluejay rushing attack, and the game ended with a 49-13 loss.

This abrupt but hard-fought end concluded the fall sports season, which brought successful postseasons from six teams:

  • Boys Soccer (20-2-1) won their first 1A State Championship in school history.
  • Girls Soccer (21-1-1) won their second 1A State Championship in four years.
  • Girls Cross Country runners, Sophia Kennedy and Gretchen Farley, placed third and fifth respectively at the State Championship.
  • Boys Tennis double partners, Michael Fryburg and Oliver Seifert, won their Regional Championship.
  • Football (9-4) won their first 1A Sectional Championship in 17 years.
  • Girls Volleyball (23-6) won their first 2A Sectional Championship in 11 years.

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