Homecoming, indeed

Outlook photo by Chris McConnell. The Joliet and Lone Peak team captain’s meet at mid-field before the Homecoming game Friday night. The J-Hawks dominated the game from the opening kickoff and won 56-21.

By CHRIS MCCONNELL

Outlook staff writer

 

Fresh off a huge victory over previously undefeated Tri-City, the J-Hawks downed the one-loss Lone Peak team 56-21 in a Homecoming blowout on Friday in Joliet.

Coach George Warburton said, “I’m very proud of the way the team fought through the distractions of Homecoming week and used it as motivation. We came out ready to play.”

Brett Robinson took the opening kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown and the J-Hawks never looked back, leading 34-7 after the first quarter, and 50-7 at the half. 

Warburton said that first big play, “created a momentum we used on both sides of the ball.”

On Lone Peak’s first possession, they scored on a 40-yard pass and tied the game 7-7 after the extra point. After an unsuccessful onside kick attempt, the J-Hawks moved the ball quickly and Robinson scored on a 6-yard run with 8:26 left in the first. Declan Sielaff’s extra point made it 14-7 and the J-Hawks led the rest of the game.

Lone Peak was forced to punt on their next possession and Joliet started on the Bighorn 39. Taylor Rowlison picked up 13 yards on a quarterback scramble and Robinson added 16 on the next play to give the J-Hawks a first-and-goal. Rowlison connected with Rylan Olson on the next play for a 9-yard TD pass. After a poor snap on the extra point, the score was 20-7 with 5:43 left in the first.

After the Joliet defense stuffed the Bighorns on first down from their 15, they forced a fumble on second which Sielaff picked up in the end zone for the score. The 2-point conversion pass was intercepted, and with 4:30 left in the quarter the J-Hawks had the 26-7 lead.

The Bighorns were forced to punt on fourth-and-23 and Joliet started on the Lone Peak 28. Olson made a finger-tip catch for a TD on first down and the 2-point conversion pass to Robinson was successful, extending the lead to 34-7.

Grant O’Rourke made a nice tackle for a loss on the Bighorns’ first play of the next series and Caiden Kirby came up with a big sack—one of eight in the game for the defense—on third down, forcing a Lone Peak punt and ending the first quarter. 

Joliet took longer to score on their first drive in the second quarter with Trey Oswald punching it in from less than a foot. After Rowlison scored on the 2-point run, the J-Hawks were up 42-7 with 8:57 left in the half.

After one more score and 2-point conversion the score was 50-7 at the half.

The J-Hawks slowed the tempo in the second half, scoring once and allowing two Lone Peak scores, resulting in the 56-21 victory. 

Warburton said, “Offensively we were very effective. We had three different kids—Robinson, Oswald, and Olson—carry the ball for 45 or more yards each, and our passing game was just as strong.”

Justin Harris led the defense with two sacks and six tackles. Robinson added 5 1/2 tackles. Sielaff had one assisted tackle, one sack, one strip and one fumble recovery for a TD.

Joliet is tied with Tri-City and Ennis at the top of the Southern C (8-man) division at 6-1. The J-Hawks lone loss was to Ennis, Tri-City’s only loss was to Joliet and Ennis’ one loss was to Tri-City.

Tomorrow the J-Hawks host the 4-3 Park City Panthers, who are coming off two straight losses after winning four in a row. 

“Now we focus on Senior Night against Park City and are preparing our team to make it a memorable game for our seniors,” Warburton concluded.

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