Jays Lose Homecoming Game

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The Bluejays began their 2015 Homecoming games with an 0-4 record and had high hopes for a victory against the 0-4 Pittsfield Saukies.

PORTA received the opening kickoff but couldn’t get the ball moving.  After a punt, Pittsfield’s offense quickly scored on a 54 yard rushing play with 9:19 remaining in the first quarter and went up 8-0.

PORTA fumbled on their first play of their next possession and the Saukies recovered on PORTA’s 35 yard line.  The Saukies again quickly scored on a 1 yard pass to make the score 14-0 after a missed extra point attempt.

PORTA was able to move the ball a bit on their next possession but was forced to punt.  Pittsfield scored again on a 55 yard touchdown pass bringing the score to 21-0 with 2:03 remaining in the first.

PORTA stepped up in the 2nd quarter with big plays.  Morgan Gum made a sack on Pittsfield’s quarterback for a huge loss, forcing Pittsfield to punt.  The Jays then marched downfield on several rushes from Brandon Allison and a 24 yard reception by Trevor Watson.  The Jays scored on 2 yard pass from Sam Wenda to Trevor Watson.  The 2 point conversion pass to Wade Tittle was good, bringing the score to 21-8 with 4:44 remaining in the 2nd quarter.

Pittsfield quickly scored on their next possession on a long touchdown pass bringing the score to 27-8 with 2:36 remaining in the first half.

On PORTA’s next possession they moved the ball down into Saukie’s territory.  Sam Wenda attempted to pass, but the ball was stripped and the Pittsfield defender ran the ball downfield for a score.  The score was 34-8 at the half in favor of the Saukies.

The second half opened with PORTA kicking off.  The Saukies moved the ball down field for a quick score, bringing it to 41-8 with 9:32 in the 3rd quarter.

PORTA scored on their next possession on a 13 yard TD pass to Wade Tittle bringing the score to 41-15 with 8:44 left in the 3rd.

PORTA’s defense held strong thanks to a big sack by Colton Craine.  After the punt, PORTA took over on their 21 yard line.  Several rushing plays by Allison and a 38 yard pass from Sam Wenda to Wade Tittle moved the ball to the 3 yard line.  Unfortunately, the Jays could not punch into the end zone.

Pittsfield fumbled on their next possession and Turner Jorns recovered for PORTA on the 14 yard line.  Devin Lasanska scored on a 2 yard run in the 4th quarter to bring the score to 41-22 with 11:55 left in the game.

Pittsfield again fumbled on their possession and the Jays recover with 10:29 remaining.  Jays moved the ball on passes from Wenda to Watson and Tittle.  Wenda tossed a TD pass to Tittle with 7:42 remaining to bring the score to 41-29.

Pittsfield held on to the ball during their next possession and scored on a 2 yard run with 3:57 remaining in the game to bring the score to 48-29.

PORTA moved the ball downfield.  With 2:09 left in the game Sam Wenda’s pass was intercepted and returned 80 yards for another Saukie touchdown, bringing the score to 55-29.

PORTA’s hurry-up offense moved the ball to the 4 yard line in a final attempt to score, but the Jays fell short as time ran out.

The final score of 55-29 doesn’t reflect how hard the Jays played throughout the game.  Big hits, sacks and exciting catches by PORTA showed that they were fired up for the game.  Unfortunately, 3 turnovers and missed coverage on the defensive backfield was the difference in the game.

PORTA faces the surging Auburn Trojans next week.

After a rescheduling of last week’s game to Saturday afternoon due to Friday night storms, the Bluejays made the 2+ hour drive to Hamilton to face the undefeated West Hancock Titans.

The Titans showed why they are undefeated as they quickly jumped out to a four touchdown lead in the first quarter on a balanced combination of running and passing.

The Bluejays had several nice drives up the field throughout the game, but turnovers on fumbles and interceptions allowed the Titans to continue building their lead.  The Titans scored their final touchdown and point after with only a minute remaining in the game.

PORTA returns home this Friday September 25 to face Pittsfield in our homecoming game.  PORTA and Pittsfield are both 0-4.  This will be a great chance for PORTA to get back on track and get a win.

Kobe tackling vs Riverton
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The Jays looked great in the first half of their home opener against the Riverton Hawks, taking a half time lead of 14-6 after rushing touchdowns from Brandon Allison and Devin Lasanska.

In the second half turnovers plagued the Jays as several fumbles and an interception resulted in three unanswered touchdowns.  Riverton scored several more times for a final score of 40-14.

PORTA Loses to New Berlin

vs New Berlin

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Our PORTA Bluejays lost our second game of the season to New Berlin 34-6.  Though the score isn’t reflective of it, the Jays played a pretty good defensive game.  They forced several fumbles and made interceptions.  They pushed New Berlin back several times throughout the game.

On offense, the Jays had a hard time moving the ball.  Their lone score came with 10 minute left in the game when QB Sam Wenda threw a screen pass to Colton Craine who threw it 40 yards downfield to Kobe Wheaton for the touchdown.  The point after attempt was blocked.

Although the PORTA plays worked hard on every play, in the end the Jays struggled keeping up with the bigger New Berlin team.

PORTA has their first home game next Friday September 11 against Riverton.

Athens GameThe PORTA-AC Bluejays lost their season opener at the Blacktop Braggin’ Rights game to the Athens Warriors 42-0.

With several Bluejay linemen out due to injury, the Jays had a tough time against Athens big line.

PORTA did show signs of promise as only a handful of penalties were made, and some exciting plays were made by many players, including an interception by Brandon Allison and some great catches by Colton Crain and Caleb Flanders.

The Bluejays are in action next Friday night at New Berlin.