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Football: Cass puts an end to Judson’s run

Updated: December 4, 2012 6:15AM



NORTH JUDSON — North Judson’s remarkable end-of-the-season stretch came to an end Friday night, losing to Lewis Cass 35-7 in Class 2A Sectional 26.

Just like last week, the Bluejays (5-7) played well defensively, but until the second half, Judson just couldn’t move the ball consistently.

“You want to play your best in your last game,” said Bluejays coach Kevin Cox. “Defensively we did, offensively we did not.”

Defensively, Judson matched up well with Cass, both physically and with quickness.

“We were able to play hard nose stuff, with a set up we liked,” Cox said.

The Jays, though unable to move the football, stayed even up with the 11-1 Kings, down just 7-0 with seconds left in the first half.

But in the blink of an eye that changed.

Kings quarterback Sheldon Slusser put Cass up 14-0 with 19 seconds left, the first of two TDs he scored on the night. Then things got stranger than strange and things seemed to fall apart for Judson the first two minutes of the second half.

Cass’ Drew Shepherd broke away for a 62-yard touchdown run, just 16 seconds into the third quarter. Then, at 9:50, Cass kind of settled things for good with Payton Young scoring the first of his two TDs, a three-yard run to put Cass up 28-7 and basically in next week’s regional at Andrean, which defeated Rensselaer in Sectional 25.

“We never established momentum on offense until the game got out of hand,” Cox said.

Judson’s lone score came in the third quarter when Zach Schultz pushed the ball over on a one-yard run. One thing Cox was happy about is that Wes Derflinger, his senior running back who has been out since the second game of the season, got in for a few plays.

“We were going to do everything we could to get Wes some playing time,” Cox said. “I have a lot of respect for everybody in the senior class.”



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