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Dylan Wright shines in Rensselaer’s win over North Judson

Updated: December 3, 2013 6:12AM



NORTH JUDSON — North Judson may have scored first to take a 6-0 lead, but Rensselaer quarterback Dylan Wright took control of the game from that point forward.

Wright threw for 260 yards and rushed for a game-high 68 to propel the Bombers (9-2) to a 43-14 victory over the Bluejays (3-8) in a sectional semifinal on Friday night at Liberty Field.

“He brings a lot to the table,” Rensselaer coach Chris Meeks said. “He’s a true dual-threat quarterback. He can run, he can throw and he can keep his cool.”

Wright, who said he was not feeling 100 percent, scored his team’s first five touchdowns of the game, three on the ground and two through the air.

“I just gave it all I could,” he said. “I came to win. I knew it was my time to shine, so I came out and played my heart out.”

Avery Walker was Wright’s most frequently found target, hauling in two touchdowns, 12 receptions and accumulating 68 receiving yards.

North Judson struck first when Caston Sanchez found Bayland Brown for a 25-yard touchdown strike on the game’s opening possession, but Rensselaer scored 43 unanswered points, 28 of which came in the second half.

Luke Robertson drilled a 25-yard field goal with 59 seconds remaining in the first half to boost Rensselaer’s lead to nine at the break.

“I think the key was getting the field goal right before halftime to go up two scores,” Meeks said. “They’ve struggled a little bit with getting points this year, and I think going up two at halftime was huge.”

The Bluejays committed the first turnover of the game by either team early in the third quarter when Rensselaer’s Adam Langley recovered a fumble on the North Judson 42 yard-line. The Bombers’ drive resulted in a 15-yard Wright touchdown run.

After North Judson went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, a blocked punt by Dalton Sounders allowed Rensselaer to take over on the North Judson 7. That drive also culminated with a Wright touchdown run, this time from 3 yards out.

The Bombers defense, which entered the game allowing 10.7 points per game, applied consistent pressure on Sanchez, recording six sacks.

Rensselaer incorporated the jet-sweep into its offense in the second half as it pulled away from North Judson.

The Bombers advance to meet Bowman Academy in the Class 2A Sectional 33 final next week.



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