Perrysburg Yellow Jackets started out the first third of their season with victories against both Springfield, and Anthony Wayne.
Despite the global pandemic, the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets took home a victory in their first game of the season, beating out Springfeild 45 to 18.
Perrysburg contained the Blue Devils, only allowing them to score 6 in the second and 12 third quarters.
Head coach Mathew Kregel said “I think we were the aggressor. We want to be physical and tough and wear the other team down,”.
However, the Jacket’s weren’t perfect, Kregel said. “Special teams need a lot of work. We did not execute on kickoff team and it showed. We need to continue to play physically and improve on special teams.”
Ashton Borgelt commented before the Anthony Wayne game that: “I think we could have done on special teams, that’s definitely something we worked on this week.”
This victory comes after a wave of new regulations continue changing practices. COVID precautions tend to restrict football activities as usual.
“We do everything in 10 minute blocks to limit prolonged exposure,” Kregel described. “ Players bring their own water. Players carry their own equipment. We do not have access to our locker room so everything is done outside. Players who are not in the drills are required to space apart 6 feet or wear a mask.”
Staying safe has become a key component in the safety and the success of a sports team according to Kregel.
“I think the teams that end up successful this season will be the ones that follow protocols to keep their team free from virus outbreaks and quarantine,” he said.
The Jackets continued their winning streak defeating Anthony Wayne in a close 27-24 game.
The Jackets scored 13 points in the second quarter and 14 in the third, with the Generals scoring 3 in the first, 7 in the third, and 14 in the fourth.
“I would say the game was a tough one,” said player Christian Gulgin. “We had a decent lead but they kept fighting and came back to make it close so we had to work the whole game.”
The victory was refreshing and exciting one for the Jackets. Coach Lorenzo Melchor said in an instagram post that “life is full of highs and lows, this win was a high that meant more than I could ever have imagined.”
The Yellow Jacket’s are showing promise for this six-game season. The next game this season is against Southview at Steinecker stadium, Friday, September 11.
Correction: This article has been updated to show that Friday, September 11, the Yellow Jackets will play Southview High School at home, not Northview away.
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