Joliet has big second half in win against Shelby

By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Hayden Ward hands off the ball to Rye Brastrup (#33) during Joliet’s opening season win against Shelby on Saturday. The J–Hawks came back in the game to beat the Coyotes 36–20. Photo courtesy Michelle Carpenter

Hayden Ward hands off the ball to Rye Brastrup (#33) during Joliet’s opening season win against Shelby on Saturday. The J–Hawks came back in the game to beat the Coyotes 36–20. Photo courtesy Michelle Carpenter

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The J–Hawk football team came back from a 14–8 deficit on the road to defeat the Coyotes 36–20 in their season–opener.

Joliet Head Coach George Warburton said, “It was a hard fought win last Friday against Shelby. We came out flat and had a tough time matching Shelby’s intensity early in the 1st half. Shelby deserves a lot of credit. They were very prepared and ready to play.”

Joliet came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Coyotes 28–6 to pick up the 16 point win.

Rushing was the offensive strength for the J–Hawks with two players going for more than 100 yards. Ry Brastrup rushed 29 times for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns and Hayden Ward had 20 rushes for 109 and a TD.

On defense, Ward had seven solo tackles, seven assisted tackles and got one pass deflection. Brastrup had six solo tackles, four assists and a pass deflection. Tucker Carpenter caused and re covered two fumbles and Tucker Lind had an interception.

Warburton said he appreciated the fans who made the long drive. “I would like to give a shout out to our fans who traveled to Shelby on Friday night. They rallied behind us and gave us the momentum to finish the game strong.”

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