BSHS lights up football opener against Turner
With 4:25 left in the second quarter, quarterback Jordan Jackson slung a pass to a wide open Hayden Hoffine, who was seven-yards deep in the end zone, with ease for a 32-yard touchdown.
A small snapshot that painted the entirety of Bonner Springs’ opening night 51-34 victory against Turner.
A season ago, the Braves (1-0) had difficulty with the Bears (0-1) in their 12-7 victory. On Friday, the two teams accounted for more points in the first quarter (20) than they had in their 2012 matchup.
Part of that is because of the maturation of Jackson, who last year tried to do everything by himself.
"I realized I don’t have to put everything on my shoulders and I can trust my teammates,” Jackson said. “I trust them to make the right decisions. They help pick me up when I make mistakes.”
And Jackson did make mistakes Friday night—three in fact. He threw two interceptions. He said one came on a poor throw and the other he just rushed it. He also had one of the Braves’ three fumbles. Jackson looked as if he was going to glide into the end zone for a 46-yard run on the left side of the field, but was stripped two yards shy of the goal line. Turner recovered in the end zone for a touchback.
He forgot to switch to his left hand and kept the ball in his dominant hand—the hand closest to the middle of the field. But his teammates picked him up after each of those mistakes and told him to shake it off.
It was the first game. Of course there were going to be mistakes. Players were too eager to finally hit somebody other than their teammates. They took silly penalties on both sides of the ball for offsides or false starts.
There was even a little scrum that resulted in players from both BSHS and Turner being ejected and will have to miss the next game as a result.
Braves coach Lucas Aslin wanted his team to establish physicality.
“We were trying to be physical on both sides of the ball,” Aslin said. “Offensively, we wanted to establish the run game. Trevon Mason did a great job punishing going downhill. Defensively, we knew (Paul Berry) could run a little bit, so we wanted to load the box up and make him throw the football. It was a good game plan, kids played well.”
Mason scored two touchdowns of his own in his first game since 2011 after being injured all last season. Jackson, a dual-threat quarterback, is the faster of the two, but Mason is a bruiser. Plays are designed for him to run up the middle.
Jackson and Mason’s numbers were called quite a bit by Aslin as the Braves built their lead. Aslin estimated 75 percent of the calls were running plays because he wanted to try to take time off the clock.
“Even with us running the football, the game took forever,” Aslin said.
Part of it could be because Turner tried to claw its way back. The Bears scored 16 points late in the fourth quarter when the Braves took out their starters to give some of the younger players some varsity exposure.
“We want to get them on tape and show them what they’re doing right and wrong, Aslin said. “If you’re going to play your starters the whole game, that’s great, but you’re not developing the depth and that’s what we want to do.”
Another thing BSHS will review on tape is its special teams, especially kickoffs. The Braves gave up 92-yard and 81-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns to Royriecus Williams.
“Gross. We may rep that a 1,000 times this week,” Aslin said. “We try to do (special teams) as live as we can, but we go against our JV guys and the skill level isn’t there. After the first week, you have to rep it out and make sure everything’s good.”
BSHS will host Lansing at 7 p.m. Friday.
Score by quarters
THS 6 6 6 22 — 40
BSHS 14 9 14 14 — 51
BSHS: Hoffine 1-2, Holmes 4-22, Mason 18-110, Jackson 11-139, Byers 1-2, McMahan 1-minus-9, Knerschield 13-116
THS: Bernal 1-7, Berry 25-minus-13, Williams 7-13, Adams 2-10, Bejarano 1-40
BSHS: Jackson 5-15-1 135, Byers 1-1-0 13
THS: Berry 16-27-1 173
BSHS: Hoffine 3-69, Amayo 1-41, Freese 1-24, Byers 1-14
THS: Bernal 2-24, Miller 3-24, Green 11-125
Stay tuned for more from Friday's opener and this past week in BSHS fall sports.