By Roxanne Timan, Managing Editor
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The Bluejays lost to the North Central Cardinals 49-7 on Nov. 11 at Langhorst Field, behind the efforts of Cardinals standout running back Austin Breunig.
“We have been progressively getting better with the run game each week,” said Breunig.
Breunig, who was recently named the Art Keller Offensive Player of the Year for the CCIW, carried the ball 19 times for a total of 129 yards, scoring five touchdowns in the first half alone.
“[The Bluejays] run a lot of three man fronts,” added Breunig. “So there’s plenty of gaps for us to run through [and] the offensive linemen to get to linebackers.”
The Cardinals racked up a total of 151 passing yards in addition to 149 running yards to put them at a total of 300 for the game.
The North Central defense made an impact to shut out the Bluejays for most of the game.
“[The Bluejays] have some good receivers and quite an experienced quarterback,” said Cardinals senior linebackerTom Sora. “So we knew that we had to keep those guys in line and limit the big plays.”
In addition to limiting the offense, Sora made a big play of his own by scoring his first touchdown of his college career in the second half.
“Our defensive end, Billy Douds, got free on his part of the stunt and just absolutely crushed the quarterback,” said Sora. “[Douds] knocked the ball loose and it kinda just popped into my lap there and I just picked it up and started running”
Sora’s touchdown made the score 42-0, making the hopes of an EC football home win this season vanish.
With the season over, the Bluejays finish with a record of 2-8, leaving a lot of work for the future.
“We’re going to be lifting a couple times a week, but everybody is going to be committed to recruiting,” said junior tight end Theo Eddins.
Junior linebacker Tramaine Franklin has his mind set on bigger goals.
“I feel like we have everything it takes to win a conference championship and next year we will win a conference championship,” said Franklin.
As for this year’s CCIW conference championship, the North Central Cardinals are celebrating their 10th title in 13 years and are headed to the playoffs.
“We have been focused on one game at a time every year, just focus on whoever we are playing,” said Breunig.
The Cardinals won their first playoff game 17-7 on Nov. 18 against Saint John’s University. Their next game is at University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh on Nov. 25.