RAVENNA — In addition to a shower of Gatorade, the North Platte St. Pat's Irish (2-2) honored coach Kevin Dodson on his 100th career victory with a 43-13 rout of the Ravenna Bluejays Friday night.
“Every single coach should have been soaked like that,” Dodson said. “This isn't about me, it's about our kids. You don't get those kinds of wins without good kids and a great coaching staff. I've been doing this for 18 years and every week I learn something new from my assistant coaches. I have great coaches and kids surrounding me, and a coach couldn't ask for anything more.”
St. Pat's quarterback Sean Keenan led the Irish's high-powered offense as he threw a perfect 5 for 5 with 185 passing yards and two touchdowns. Keenan also ran for a touchdown.
“Sean is a very skilled ball player for us, and this week he worked a lot on his passing game with his fundamentals and technique,” Dodson said. “Tonight the opportunity was there for him a few times. He made some good throws and we made some good catches.”
The Bluejays (1-2) found themselves down early, unable to muster a score until Blake Chramosta found Sid Teichmeier on a seven-yard pass midway through the second quarter.
The Bluejays' struggles continued as they dug themselves deeper, committing 13 total penalties that totaled 117 lost yards.
“We didn't have a good week of practice,” Ravenna coach Mark Hudson said. “We were a little banged up, and with a young group like we have it obviously affected their confidence level.”
Following a 30-7 halftime lead, the Irish continued to pound the ball on the ground as a cast of runners totaled 233 yards with four touchdowns.
“Our guys up front did a tremendous job,” Dodson said. “Ravenna is a good football team, and to come in here and take control early in the game like we did makes me very proud of our kids.”
A late third quarter touchdown run by the Irish's Brandon Nieson gave the Bluejays all they could handle as the 43-7 score initiated a running clock.
“We got a little down in the head,” Hudson said. “Our mental toughness has to improve, we have to not ride the wave of emotion up and down. We were a step short here and there and it snowballed on us.”
Leading the Bluejays on the ground was Josh McGuigan as he totaled 81 yards on 12 carries. Jay's quarterback Chramosta also contributed 50 yards rushing with a touchdown on top of his 69 yards of passing.
“They are a good ball club and are well coached,” Hudson said about St. Pat's. “They came out with something to prove and I don't think they felt like they played the strongest competition coming into this. They played at a pretty high level.”