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SC vs St. John's-Tipton

By: Coach Rick Hatfield

Warriors Lose in Heartbreaker


(Miltonvale) Southern Cloud had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead with about 6 minutes to go in a tough battle with the St. Johns/Tipton Blue Jays on Thursday night but couldn’t mount a drive so they had to punt and the Jays went down and scored, the Warriors then scored on a long run by Cole Liby to pull close again but the Jays then scored on another long run on a kick return to seal the deal for the Jays. The game ended 46-34 Jays. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Warriors who gave it their best effort only to fall short.

Kaden Phillips was the main star for the Jays scoring 5 of their 6 touchdowns on the night.

The Warriors were led by Cole Liby, who carried the ball 21 times for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns, and caught a pass for a score as well.  Jaxon Kearn caught 2 touchdown passes on the night and had 3 grabs for 44 yards in all.  Ayden Williams didn’t have a TD grab but did catch 4 balls for 43 yards, he also had a 2 point conversion, and Mark Paillet had 1 grab for 6 yards.  Caden Stein had another great night with a 12 for 20 performance and 3 touchdown passes.  Rushing was pretty good as well, Liby had those 132 yards, Mark Paillet had 13 yards on 8 carries, Jaxon Kearn had 20 yards on 4 carries and Caden Stein had 36 yards on 3 carries, he also added a 2 point conversion.

Noah Demars had 58 snaps including 2 punt snaps without a bad snap, which is outstanding for a junior high center.  The Warriors only committed 1 turnover all night long.  That was the best since the 1st game of the season when they had no turnovers.

“I was proud of our effort.  We never gave up; we just didn’t quite get over the hump.  We have to play at Lincoln for our final game.  We know they are good.  We’ll have to play really well to stay with them.”  quoted Warrior Coach Rick Hatfield.

The Tackle chart was a little better.  Mark Paillet had 4 tackles, Ayden Williams had 2 tackles and 1 assist, Jaxon Kearn had 3 tackles and 1 assist and a recovered fumble, Cole Liby had 4 tackles and a fumble recovery, Caden Stein had 1 tackle and Noah Demars had 2 tackles and 1 tackle for loss.