For what its worth, the NOAH (Northeast Oklahoma Association of Home Schools) Jaguars are a good ball team.†
But that fact begs to question why a program of such significant gifts would allow their team to resort to unsportsmanlike behavior that kept a five man officiating crew busier than any 42-12 contest could possibly merit.†
Such was the case Friday night, at Dee Neel Field as the Jaguars were flagged 15 times for 149 yards in addition to two ejections evolving from separate incidents.†
And credit should go to both the Comets, who, for the most part, refused to be baited by such tactics and to the game officials who refused to overlook it.
††† On the heels of kicker Caleb Gastelumís booming kickoff, the Comet offense opened the game on their own 20.† And after picking up a firsst down, Kansas was forced to punt.†
A short kick gave the visitors the ball on the Comet 37.† The Jaguar offense used eight snaps and moved the sticks twice, leading to Eric Thorntonís 10-yard TD run to put them on the board. Gastelumís point after kick, as would be all five of his gameís attempts, was true for a 7-0 lead.†
Following another touchback on the kickoff, the Comets went three and out on offense and punted.†
And, after overcoming a 15-yard penalty, the Jags scored on their third snap from scrimmage when quarterback Joe Sabatini (10 of 15 for 208 yards) picked up his first of five passing touchdowns with an 18-yard completion to Gastelum.†
Down by 14, the Comets put together a stellar drive of their own.
Spanning the end of the first and the beginning of the second period, Kansas strung together nine plays, covering 80 yards, that culminated with Dallas Cheekís four yard TD run.† The PAT was no good and the Comets were on the scoreboard, 14-6.†
Kansas followed with an onside kick attempt that initially appeared to be successful but NOAH was fortunate to recover it on the 50.
The Kansas defense stiffened and thanks to a pair of eight yard sacks by Justin Wallace and Beau Denny they moved their opponents back to face a fourth down and 30 yards to go on the 35.† NOAH chose to try and convert for a first down and their wide receiver Daniel Fowler wrested the ball away from the Comet defender for both the first down and the score.†
After another three and out possession the Comet defense rose to the occasion again with sacks by Kelsey Wells and another by Denny, for losses of 10 and 5 yards respectively.
Kansas got the visitors to turn the ball over on downs.†
With their best starting field position of the game and the first of several unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against NOAH, the Comet offense looked to answer the visitorsí challenge.†
But on a 1st and 10 on the enemy 23, the Kansas pass attempt was intercepted by Sabatini and returned to the 35.†
And on the first play of the series, Sabatini connected with Fowler (4 receptions for 133 yards) for a 65-yard TD pass and a 28-6 lead at the half.††††
††† Aided by another personal foul by NOAH, the Comets took their first possession of the second half all the way to the Jag 20. But their drive fizzled on a fourth and 10 that they were unable to convert.†
The visitors answered with a 75-yard drive that ended with another Sabatini TD pass to Fowler, this time from 24 yards away.†
And before the period had ended the prolific Jaguar passer struck for a fifth time with 26 yard scoring toss to Gastelum.
The Comets added six more in the closing moments of the game when Jonathan Williams capped a 5-play, 93-yard drive with his 7-yard touchdown run.
††† The 2-1 Comets open district play against Keys, Friday at Dee Neel Field.