2013 Awards Banquet

Several of our seniors have been selected to play in all-star football games this summer!

Congratulations to Nate Wenda, Jakob Evans, Dakota Schaffer, Chance Baugher and Jesse Setzer for being selected to play in the West Central Illinois all-star football game on June 14 at SHG in Springfield!

Congratulations to Jesse Setzer for being selected to play in the Illinois Coaches Association/Shrine football game in Bloomington on July 12!

We know these young men will represent the Bluejays well.  Hope to see you at these games this summer!

 

2013 Awards Banquet

On Sunday December 8 the Bluejays Football Team held their annual awards banquet.  After a great meal of fried chicken and side dishes, the team enjoyed watching a highlight video of their great season that culminated in an undefeated home record and their first playoff appearance since 2009.

Retiring assistant coach Mark Fricke gave an inspiring farewell speech that is sure to leave a lasting impression on the team.

Mark Schappaugh (father of John Schauppaugh) was awarded as “Supporter of the Year” for his dedicated efforts at photographing Bluejays Football for several years.

Many Bluejay players received team, media, all-state and all-conference awards:

 

Team Awards

Offensive Back Award – Jesse Setzer
Offensive Lineman “Road Grader” Award – Wyatt Robinson
Receiver Award – Chance Baugher
Special Teams Award – Nate Wenda
Defensive Lineman Award – Dakota Shaffer
Linebacker Award – Larryn Kukla
Defensive Back Award – Nick Atterberry
Practice Player Award – Kyler Walle
Lifter of the Year Award – Chance Baugher
Scott Nichols Intensity Award – Jakob Evans
Clyde Dearing PORTA Pride Award – Wyatt Robinson

 

All Conference Selections

Wyatt Robinson – 1st Team (Guard)
Jesse Setzer – 1st Team (Running Back) unanimous
Steven Smythe – 1st Team (Fullback)
Nate Wenda – 2nd Team (Kicker)
Larryn Kukla – 2nd Team (Inside Linebacker)
Nick Atterberry – 2nd Team (Defensive Back)
Michael McCurdy – 2nd Team (Utility Player)
Tony Coderko – Honorable Mention (Guard)
Chance Baugher – Honorable Mention (Receiver)
Jakob Evans – Honorable Mention (Defensive Back)

 

All State Selections

Jesse Setzer – 1st Team
Wyatt Robinson – Honorable Mention

 

Jesse Setzer was named the Chicago Bears Player of the Week and was named to the Champaign News Gazette Special Mention 100 list.  He was selected from players that included all classes for those 2 awards.

 

Congratulations to the entire Bluejay Football Team and Coaching Staff for an exciting, successful and memorable season!

2013-7
In their first playoff game since 2009, the Bluejays football team went into the game against St. Joseph-Ogden as the underdog. The Spartans are a perennial playoff contender with a history of football success, and were ranked 10th in the state in 3A.

After a long opening kickoff return by Jesse Setzer to put the Jays in great field position, the Spartan defense held tough, taking over and scoring after several long pass plays.

The Jays quickly scored on a Jesse Setzer touchdown run to tie the game at 7.

St. Joseph scored on their next possession, but the extra point was blocked, making the score 13-7. On the kickoff, Jesse Setzer returned the ball 90 yards for the touchdown. The Jays’ extra point was also blocked, making the score 13-13.

St. Joseph scored two more times to take a half-time lead of 27-13.

In the second half, PORTA continued to push the ball down field getting into scoring position several times. St. Joseph’s defense, though, came up with some big plays, including returning a PORTA punt for a touchdown, and returning an interception for a touchdown to make the score 43-13.

The Jays scored two more times, but missed the extra points on both attempts to make the final score 43-25.

In a season marked by excitement and enthusiasm, the Bluejays finished their year at 6-4, returning a winning tradition to PORTA football.