Kipper has 22 catches for 204 yards in two games
Chanhassen (2-0) took advantage of a slow start by Jefferson (0-2) to jump to a 28-0 lead after the first quarter of Friday’s Suburban District contest and finished with a 35-13 final score.
Jaguars coach Tim Carlson looks for growth game-by-game but the first quarter was a repeat of last week with missed opportunities on defense to either get off the field or stop the ball carrier, “and we’re down 28-0 before you know it.”
Offensively, Jefferson moved the ball from the start and from the second quarter on the energy level on the sideline picked up as they outscored the Storm 13-7 over the final three quarters against their starters for the majority of the time.
It’s that effort from that point on that made Carlson happy. “I told the kids the score was 35-13 but anyone who looks at the paper tomorrow morning isn’t going to know how well you played.”
An example was fighting fullback James Erickson, “tooth and nail.”
“Let that first quarter go and if they’re not ready to go at the start of the game, that’s on me,” Carlson said shouldering the blame.
Chanhassen’s scoring plays came quick after missed plays like on a third and long which the Jaguars had the quarterback lined up for a sack but the defense went for the ball and as a result he ran for 40-plus yard touchdown.
“Credit them, Chanhassen is a good team and they do not shy away from what they want to do but we played aggressively, more physical than last week and all of a sudden we got a little confidence and things started to go better for us,” Carlson said as they start two sophomores on defense, matching the number of seniors.
Jefferson quarterback Isaiah Watts completed two touchdown passes including a 49-yard connection to Caden Osmonson and a 21-yard catch in the third quarter by running back Rashaun Cage.
Senior receiver Matthew Kipper added 10 catches for 68 yards after pulling in 12 catches for 136 yards last week against Orono.
Watts completed 18-of-37 passes for 171 yards and ran for seven more yards.
Cage ran for 64 yards on 15 carries, Corey Anderson ran for 18 yards on two carries and Kipper added two carries for 10 yards.
“Our offensive line blocked well last game and this week in both pass and run,” Carlson said. “(Cage) runs hard and Corey also runs hard as a backup but there are still things we need to get better at and clean up.”
Apple Valley visits Bloomington Stadium Friday, Sept. 15 in a Suburban District crossover game. The Eagles have surrendered seven points in two wins, 27-7 against Hopkins and 14-0 at St. Thomas Academy in Week 2.
“Apple Valley will be another toughie but I told the kids, ‘I don’t care who we play. The goal is to be playing our best football at the end of the system. Trust the system and each other and we’ll get better,” Carlson said.
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