by Canaan Freeman | Sports writer
The 2012 Varsity football season has officially kicked off with the Jags hosting their first home game against Brandeis last week at Heroes stadium. The Jags fought hard but came up short, falling to the Broncos 30 to 13. The Jags scored the game’s first 13 points, but the Broncos were able to make good halftime adjustments and came out and posted a shutout the second half, as well as scoring 30 unanswered.
“We try to get the kids to take every game as serious as the next one. We know when we get to district that those games count towards playoffs. We make sure that pre district we learn from our mistakes and make needed adjustments,” coach John South said.
The Jags look to bounce back strong this week against Wagner at Rutledge stadium. The Jags will be without their leading rusher senior Xavier McElhanon this week with an injured ankle. He will be back in the lineup next week for the Jags homecoming game vs New Braunfels. This week the starting running back will be junior Darion McElhanon who’s in his first year on varsity. Johnson is now sitting with a 1-1 record, looking to start a run by getting a win at Wagner this week.
“None of us like to lose, we’re going to take last game and use it to motivate us to win this week against Wagner,” junior Devlin Gilligan said
Preparations and adjustments will be made for their game against the Thunder Birds from Wagner. The Jags have districts coming up after New Braunfels, and are looking to provide another playoff run for the second straight season.
“I think people think we prepare differently for different opponents, but we go into every game with same mentality to win and break the other team down. We follow our normal practice routine and try our best not to get caught up in who we’re playing,” South said.