SEWARD — Schuyler saw its record dip to 0-4 following a 55-7 road loss to Seward on Friday at Bulldog Stadium on the Concordia University campus.
Seward (3-1) outscored Schuyler 42-0 in the first half to put the game away early.
The Bluejays had a balanced offensive attack, amassing 207 rushing yards on 30 carries and 202 yards on 10 completions through the air.
Schuyler was stifled for much of the evening by the Bluejay defense. The Warriors totaled 151 yards, with 91 coming on the ground on 33 carries and another 60 yards through the air on four completions.
Kevin Contreras was 1 for 3 passing for 54 yards and an interception and Mason Kovar was 3 for 7 for 6 yards. The Schuyler ground game was led by Jesus Maganda with 29 yards on seven carries and a touchdown. Contreras added 24 yards on six carries and Isaac Hernandez toted the pigskin nine times for 22 yards. Jackson Settles had two receptions for 60 yards and Tychique Kutalu had one grab for 5 yards.
Schuyler head coach Aaron Thumann knew the Bluejays would be a tough opponent.
“Seward is a very talented team. They are a much better team than they were a year ago. Their coaches have done a great job of developing their players,” he said.
His own team’s inconsistent play continues to be a concern for Thumann.
“We were like two different teams in each of the halves. We came out very strong in the second half. We were able to do a lot of the things that we know that we are capable of doing. A ton of positives came out of our second half,” he said. “We did come out slow and nervous to start the game. This is something that we need to continue to work on and we need to get better at coming out strong.”
The Bluejays started the scoring early when quarterback Joseph Krause found Brett Meyer on a 67-yard touchdown pass with 9:29 remaining in the first quarter. Three minutes later, the Bluejays put together a 65-yard scoring drive in six plays, culminated by a 2-yard dive up the middle by Connor Ruth.
The Warriors seemed to gain some momentum on the next series as they drove the ball 27 yards in six plays to the Seward 47-yard line, but a fourth-and-8 situation forced a punt.
Seward’s Carson Core fielded the ball at his own 19-yard line and raced 81 yards through the Schuyler punt team for another Bluejay touchdown, making it 21-0 with 2:47 remaining in the first quarter.
Davon Brees scored from 16 yards out on the first play of the second quarter then Krause teamed up with Meyer on a 9-yard TD pass. The duo scored the final touchdown of the first half from 6 yards out to put Seward on top 42-0 at the break.
Schuyler had two first-half turnovers that helped open the floodgates for Seward.
“We just could not get a rhythm in the first half, but we moved the ball very well, the way that we wanted to move it, in the second half,” Thumann said. “We need to continue to improve up front and explode off the ball and take the fight to the defense. We know that we can, we just need to continue to grow in that area.”
With the running clock rule in effect to start the second half, the Bluejays’ offensive starters had one final chance to put points on the scoreboard. After a 50-yard run by Ruth moved the ball to the SCHS 13, Brees tumbled into the end zone to make the score 49-0.
The Warriors hit pay dirt midway through the fourth quarter.
Contreras hit Settles on a 54-yard pass down to the Seward 10-yard line before Maganda carried the ball across the goal line for the Warriors’ lone TD.
Seward’s final score of the night came on a 30-yard fumble recovery return by Caden Gardiner with 2:40 left.
Defensively, the Warriors were led by Caleb Novak, Isaac Hernandez and Ernesto Chacon, who had six tackles each. Chacon also recovered a fumble.
The Warriors travel to Omaha on Friday to face Mount Michael Benedictine (3-1).