More than once, Guardian Angels Central Catholic could have folded, especially after losing all-state senior Jared Minnick for the game late in the 2nd quarter with a hamstring injury.
Giving in, however, was never an option for the Bluejays.
Instead, with Minnick out, several Bluejay players stepped up and made key plays during GACC’s 40-34 win over Howells-Dodge in the Class D1 state football playoffs last week Wednesday in Beemer.
“We had some kids really step it up. We had some of our younger players really play well,” Bluejay head coach Dave Ridder said. “Quite frankly, we just got a little tougher.”
One of those players who ‘stepped it up’ was junior Noah Hass, who showed his burst of speed during a 30-yard touchdown with 10:53 left in the game. That score proved to be the game-winner.
Howells-Dodge had its opportunity to respond. With about seven minutes left to play, the Jaguar offense moved the ball down the field but faced a 4th and three. On that play, the Bluejay defense denied Howells-Dodge, who was just short of the line to gain.
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