After what Blue Jays coach Jim Newsted described as a “slow start on offense” the Blue Jays opened the 2021 season 3-0 beating the Plattsburg Tigers 35-16. With the win the Blue Jays start their season 3-0 for the first time in several years. This Friday the Blue Jay travel to meet the 0-3 Lawson Cardinals who they haven’t beaten since 2011.
Trent Taylor scored all five Blue Jays touchdowns, four rushing and one on a pass from Mason Montez. Taylor finished the game with 110 yards rushing and 86 yards receiving on 4 catches.
Taylor scored on a five yard run in the first quarter and with the point after kick by Afton Buckler the Blue led 7-0. The Tigers responded on a 31 yard pass play, also in the first quarter, and with a two point conversion took a slender 8-7 lead.
The Blue Jays score twice on Trent Taylor runs in the second quarter to lead 21-8 at halftime. Early in the quarter Taylor runs for 9 yards for the score. The two point conversion was no good, but the Blue Jays take a 13-8 lead. Later in the quarter Taylor scores on a 4 yard run and Emmett Sullivan runs for the two point conversion.
In the third quarter the Blue Jays score two more touchdowns, the first a 9 yard pass from Mason Montez to Taylor and the second and 11 yard run by Taylor. With Afton Buckler kicking both extra points the Blue Jays led 35-8.
In the fourth quarter the Tigers scored again for the final 35-16 total.
The Blue Jays had 354 yards of total offense and defensively held the Tigers to 149 yards. West Platte quarterback Mason Montez was 7-9 passing for 120 yards with one touchdown. Trent Taylor caught 4 passes for 88 yards and a t.d. with Emmett Sullivan with 1 catch and 11 yards, Cameron Williams 1 catch for 11 yards and Peyson Chandler 1 catch for 8 yards,
Leading rushers for the Blue Jays were Trent Taylor 110 yards on 15 attempts and four touchdowns, Emmett Sullivan 49 yards on 17 attempts and 1 two-point conversion, Cameron Williams 47 yards on 9 attempts, and Christian Larrabee 29 yards on 4 attempts.
Defensively Dublin Carnahan had 8 tackles, and Trent Taylor and Cameron Williams 6 tackles each.
Freshman Emma Downing stepped up to pitch against East Buchanan late in the game last Thursday. East Buchanan ended up winning the game 23-15. Blue Jays are Flying High! See stories inside. Photo by Jim McPherson
A home town crowd was treated to plenty of scoring, five lead changes, a couple of ties and three home runs when the Lady Jays softball team hosted the East Buchanan Lady Bulldogs last Thursday. The visitors won when they broke a 15-15 tie in the seventh inning with 8 runs and 2 home runs.
West Platte starting pitcher Laura Hill blanked the East Buchanan girls in the top of the first inning. In their half of the inning the Lady Jays scored 5 runs to take an early lead.
West Platte loaded the bases with no out with a walk, a single, and a walk before Emily VanNatta knocked in 2 runs with a single. With no other hits in the first, the Lady Jays scored three more times on alert base running and Lady Bulldogs errors.
East Buchanan tied the game in the top of the second inning with five runs. Then the Lady Jays scored a single run to retake the lead at 6-5.
As the game continued to see saw back and forth, the Lady Bulldogs scored twice in the third inning to go ahead 7-6. In the bottom of the third, the Lady Jays again retook the lead with three runs and a 9-7 lead.
West Platte scored three more in the fourth to lead 12-7. The big hit was a home run by Colby Shepardson with two runners on base.
In the fifth inning East Buchanan exploded for 8 runs and a 15-12 lead. The Lady Jays fought back with three runs to tie the game. Neither team scored in the sixth to set up a dramatic seventh inning.
East Buchanan started the inning with a home run. After a double and an out, the next batter hit a two run home run. The Lady Jays had trouble getting the Lady Bulldogs out and the visitors scored five more runs in the inning, winning 23- 15.
The West Platte Bench emptied after a play, but it was to congratulate Colby Shepardson (front) on her 4th inning home run that brought two other runners in as well. Photo by Jim McPherson