Three Jefferson County football teams played in state playoff games Friday night and one remains alive as November wanes.
Jefferson traveled to St. Charles and beat Duchesne 24-6 in the Class 2 quarterfinals. The Blue Jays improved to 9-2 and will play the winner of the Liberty (Mountain View)/Lamar game on Nov. 28. Liberty and Mountain View play their quarterfinal game on Saturday.
The key to Jefferson’s victory over the Pioneers (9-2) was ball control. The Blue Jays held the ball for 33 minutes, while Duchesne had it for 14 minutes. Leading 14-0 in the third quarter, Jefferson embarked on a 17-play drive that spanned 10:56 and ended with a 4-yard touchdown run by senior running back Colby Ott. Will Breeze’s extra point gave the Blue Jays a 21-0 lead with 9:11 left in the game.
Jefferson’s defense held the Pioneers to 246 yards and after senior defensive back Will Schnitzler recovered running back Antwon Hayden’s fumble on the game’s first possession, the Blue Jays marched 86 yards the other direction before Ott scored from 1 yard to give them a 7-0 lead with 4:11 left in the first.
Senior running back Dylan Schnitzler led Jefferson’s simple but effective offense with 33 carries for 172 yards. Since the district tournament began, Schnitzler has rushed for 626 yards in four games.
Fox (10-2) traveled to De Smet to face the defending Class 6 state champions and the Spartans scored a rushing TD in the first quarter and one in the fourth to escape with a 13-0 victory in the semifinals.
In the Class 4 quarterfinals at Union, Festus (10-2) trailed the Wildcats (7-4) 20-19 after three quarters before ultimately falling 34-25. Cayse Martin returned a kickoff 95 yards for a Tiger touchdown and had a 20-yard scoring run in the second quarter. Cayden Glaze’s 2-yard TD run in the third quarter for Festus cut the Union lead to one point.
For complete coverage of these games, read Thursday’s Leader.