The Jefferson Blue Jays had to wait a full year to get a chance for redemption against their crosstown football rivals.
But when the St. Pius Lancers finally came calling, they did not throw away their shot.
Jefferson cruised to a 33-0 win over St. Pius in the Class 2 District 1 playoffs Friday night on KJFF.
From the opening kickoff, the ball was bouncing the Blue Jays’ way.
6 plays later, Jefferson cashed in the fumble.
While the offense struggled for much of the first half, the Blue Jay defense managed to hold St. Pius down just as well.
Senior Dylan Schnitzler made the Serenity Hospice Care Play of the Game on defense.
The Lancers would finally put a drive together at the end of the second quarter, but Schnitzler snuffed out a trick play.
Leading 14-0 at halftime, Jefferson seemingly made a crucial error on the first play of the second half.
But the Blue Jays got another stop, and even after being pinned back by a Pius punt, Jefferson muscled up and pounded out a 99-yard, 7-and-a-half minute drive.
Schnitzler scored for a third time to finish up an epic march.
The Jays would add to their 21-0 lead and seal their 4th straight win with touchdown runs from Colby Ott and Will Schnitzler.
But it was Dylan Schnitzler who was the Applebee’ of Farmington Player of the Game with 112 yards rushing and his first 2 interceptions of the season.
He said it was a sweet feeling to knock off a rival in the playoffs.
Jefferson rushed for 171 of its 201 yards in the second half.
Blue Jays head coach Alex Rouggly said Schnitzler, like most of his team, had put in the work to finish games strong.
St. Pius ends the season with a record of 3-7, but Lancers head coach Dan Oliver was complimentary of his seniors’ effort to grind through a tough schedule.
Now 6-2, Jefferson heads out on the road next week and will face Kelly in the Class 2 District 1 semifinals.
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