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Freeman JH Football Season Opener

The Freeman Falcon Junior High Football team began their season Monday with a hard-fought 36-28 win over the Palmyra Panthers in Palmyra. Freeman began the game on defense causing and recovering a fumble by the Panthers on their first offensive play of the game. The Falcons, led by tough yards gained by fullback Noah Jurgens and a clutch 4th and 13 reception by Haden Otto, got the Falcons on the board with a 2 yard touchdown run followed by a 2 point PAT run by Carter Ruse to give the young Falcons an 8-0 lead. The Panthers answered right away bringing back the Falcon kickoff for a 55 yard kickoff return for a TD by Andrew Waltke and a successful PAT run by Dedrick Dowding to tie up the ballgame at 8-8. Freeman immediately retook the lead by bringing back the Panthers kickoff for a 60 yard special teams TD by Brandon Jurgens and a PAT pass from Ruse to Jurgens giving Freeman the 16-8 lead with 3:09 left in the first quarter. Palmyra, led in scoring by quarterback Andrew Waltke, took control of the second quarter, converting an 18 yard scamper for a TD with 4:48 left in the quarter, but the Freeman defense rose up to stop the 2 point conversion, maintaining a 16-14 advantage. That lead flipped in Palmyra’s favor with under a minute to play in the half as Waltke scored on a 1 yard QB sneak and Dowding on the PAT run attempt to give Palmyra a 22-16 lead heading into the break

The third quarter was a continued back and forth contest as Freeman regained the lead on their first offensive play from scrimmage when Jurgens took a 44 yard sweep to the house at the 7:49 mark. Ruse converted a big 2 point conversion pass to Haden Otto, giving Freeman the 24-22 lead. Palmyra brought their second kickoff return back for a TD on the ensuing play, as Dowding scored from 47 yards away with 7:29 on the clock, but once again failed on their PAT run attempt keeping the score at 28-24 Panthers. Freeman would get on the board again, capped by a six yard TD run by Taylan Vetrovsky and a failed PAT pass attempt, making Freeman settle for the 30-28 advantage. Noah Jurgens broke 2 tackles with 2:29 left in the third for an outstanding 46 yard TD run. Following the failed PAT run attempt, Freeman entered the 4th quarter with the 36-28 advantage. The fourth quarter was filled with a few big plays, but no scoring. The Falcon defense rose up, getting the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs and ending the game in the victory formation and a 36-28 final. The offensive line of Haden Ofto, Jared Schroeder, Nathan Hundley, Rhett Jennings and Curtis Krause did a nice job up front, opening holes for the Freeman backs. The three headed rushing attack of Jurgens, Jurgens and Vetrovsky brought nice speed to the offense, while providing great ball security and some tough running through arm tackles. The defense did an outstanding job of getting multiple defenders to the ball, and were led on defense by Noah Jurgens, who displayed consistent, fundamentally sound open field tackling from his outside linebacker position.

The Falcons take on Wilber-Clatonia in Wilber next Monday, August 18 at 4:30.

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