Saints Enjoy Healthy Homecoming Victory Over Jamestown
By: Colton Hall
Slow starts have been a thing of the past for the Presentation College Football Team. Those slow starts can greatly effect a team’s chances of winning. Head Coach Chuck Miesbauer understands the importance of starting fast. “Historically, we haven’t gotten off to fast starts in our games, so that was nice see us get going. When we’ve been able to get going right away is when we’re at our best. Now, we just have to continue to try to start fast and improve off this win.”
Things didn’t start fast for Sophomore 3rd string Quarterback Zackary Sebern. The Burke, South Dakota native was moved to running back after Innocent Okuh went down when the Saints played Dakota State University. On his 3rd carry, Sebern would break a big run, but fumbled the ball forfeiting it to the Jimmies. However, that didn’t keep him down for long. Sebern would go on to enjoy a breakout game running the ball for the Saints, rushing for 138 yards on 19 carries, while adding two touchdowns to an impressive evening.
Miesbauer stated, “It was kind of funny, I used the words ‘ball security’ right before the game to one of our coaches, we knew that it could be a big thing for us that day. Zach’s a tough kid. He’s a coachable young man. He let one slip away, and I was glad he was able to bounce back from a minor mishap to have a great day”
The Saints offense got the ball rolling after Sebern’s fumble and a Jamestown University three and out. The saint’s offense would go on a 4 play 69-yard drive that would be capped off by an incredible one-handed 16-yard touchdown catch by Logan Weisser from Austin Eggl. Weisser would finish the game with 8 catches for 82 yards and a touchdown, while Eggl would finish 21 out of 33 for 245 yards and 3 scores with no interceptions.
Following an Adail Froome fumble recovery, and Presentation offensive drive that stalled, Senior Free Safety Eric Bell picked off Dylan Klatt, returning it for a 40-yard pick six to put the Saints up 13-0 after a Jaiden Muchuca extra point. The saints weren’t in the clear yet though. Jamestown answered back by grinding out a 9 play 66-yard drive when which ended in Jimmies receiver, Jackson He, reeling in an 8-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Klatt. The touchdown made the score 13-7 halfway through the first quarter. He would finish with 112 yards on the ground on 18 carries while catching 4 passes for 23 yards and a touchdown. Klatt threw for 248 yards and 3 touchdowns as well as 2 interceptions on the night. The Saints would crank out a 13 play 80-yard drive that resulted in Sebern plunging in for a 3-yard touchdown. The saints were up 20-7 heading into halftime after another Jaiden Machuca extra point.
Following a slow start from both teams in the second half, the Saints found the end zone right before the end of the 3rd quarter. This time from a 27-yard touchdown pass from Eggl to William Moffet. Moffet would finish with 134 yards on 8 catches while snagging two touchdowns. The score put the Saints up 27-7. Again came the Jimmies though, as James Hagen would catch a 46-yard touchdown pass from Klatt; making the score 27-14. The Saints would answer when Moffet snagged his 2nd touchdown of the game. This time, a 21-yard strike to make the score 33-14. Jamestown would score their final touchdown to pull the score within 11 with a 52-yard touchdown pass from Klatt to Tyler Shurtz. Following a successful 2-point conversion rush by Jackson He, the Jimmies would recover an onside kick. However, a stifling Saints defense forced a turnover on downs. The Saints scored one more time off Sebern’s 2nd touchdown of the night; this time a 4-yard touchdown run that brought the final tally to 40-22.
Gabe Medrano and Courtland Drummond would lead the Saint’s defense with 11 and 10 tackles respectively; including 2 for loss for both. Eric Bell would finish with 7 tackles, and a pick six, while Adail Froome finished with 5 and the lone Saint’s fumble recovery. Bell was also awarded The NSAA Defensive Football Player of the Week for his performance.