NORTH JUDSON | Rensselaer amassed 252 yards passing in Friday night’s 43-14 thrashing of North Judson in a Class 2A Sectional 33 semifinal game at Liberty Field.
Yes, that’s passing.
“There could’ve been some games where we could’ve had a lot of yardage throwing,” said Rensselaer coach Chris Meeks, who said some of the skill players didn’t always play four quarters due to blowouts this season.
The Bombers, known for years for their running attack, aired it out against the rival Bluejays, as junior quarterback Dylan Wright completed 11 of 15 passes and tossed three touchdowns. He also ran for two scores.
“(Dylan) 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's very calm and cool.”
Rensselaer (9-2) will play at Bowman for the sectional title next Friday.
Meeks gave a lot of credit to North Judson, who took away Rensselaer's running game for much of the first half.
“I thought they defended us very well in the first half,” he said.
The Bombers scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to take a commanding 29-6 lead after holding a 15-6 halftime edge.
“We got some things opened up with the jet-sweep series and hit some play-action passes after that,” Meeks said.
Rensselaer put the game away in the fourth quarter.
On the game’s first possession the Blue jays (3-8) scored on an impressive 10-play, 80-yard drive that served as a Bombers wake-up call.
The Bombers answered with a 70-yard scoring strike from Wright to Ab Kiger to knot the game at six with just over seven minutes left in the first quarter.
Wright hooked up with Walker for a 10-yard scoring play in the second quarter before Luke Robertson made up for two missed PATs with a 25-yard field goal with 59 seconds left in the second quarter.
It was all Bombers in the second half, giving up just the late score. They collected six sacks, intercepted a pass, blocked a punt and recovered a fumble.
“I thought our defense played well and got us some good field position,” Meeks said. “From there, our offense just took over.”
Avery Walker caught seven passes for 102 yards and two TDs.
Since Meeks became coach in 1999, the Bombers are 7-3 against the Bluejays in sectional games. But it’s never easy.
“What made it tough this time was how easy it was the first time because everything rolled,” said Meeks, alluding to a 56-7 win in the regular season. “… Give their kids credit. They played hard.”