Ground game key to SJO turnaround

High School Sports

ST. JOSEPH (WCIA) — Three weeks into the season, it sure looks like St. Joseph-Ogden is back to form. After missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 1990, the Spartans are 3-0. 

“There was an urgency but there was also just a response in the appropriate manner,” SJO head coach Shawn Skinner said. “The kids committed in the offseason, you couldn’t have asked them to do any more.”

“The coaches have done a great job of preparing us for this season,” SJO Brayden Weaver said. “They’ve really been using that 4-5 last year as motivation and our senior group this year has done a great job of leading us. Trying to make sure we got everything. Last year we blew a lot of 4th quarter leads, this year we’re really looking to push and finish games.”

And they’re doing it the SJO way, on the ground. All but one of their offensive touchdowns so far this season have come from the run game.

“We’re very confident in our run game so it very big for us to just run the ball because that’s how we always score, in the endzone and redzone, that’s how we always score, off the run,” SJO senior running back Kaden Jacobs said.

Dwight Colvin is the leader of the group. The senior has 78 carries for 513 yards and 7 TDs on the season. But three other running backs have garnered more than 15 carries on the season.
“It really helps that we had a year or so to get our chemistry built up and know each other,” Weaver added. “We just got a lot of talent back there.”

SJO is looking for revenge this week, as Unity shutout the Spartans 41-0 last year in Tolono. The last time SJO beat Unity was in the regular season in 2015, before the Rockets beat the Spartans by 22 in the state semifinals to book their ticket to DeKalb.

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