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Jefferson City Comes To De Smet & Wins Battle Of State Ranked Football Powers

Spartan running back Marcus Jester ran for a game-high 257 yards in the loss.

De Smet is now 0-for Mid-Missouri as the high school football season enters its second month. After opening the season on the road with a loss at Rock Bridge last month, the Spartans, ranked 5th statewide in Class 6, fell Friday to 2nd-ranked Jefferson City 42-24.

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The Jays jumped out to an early first quarter lead on the strength of an Elijah Sherwood sweep down the Jefferson City sideline and held the advantage at 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

De Smet (3-2) was poised to hit paydirt in the second quarter when the Jays forced a Marcus Jester fumble as he tried to extend the ball at the 3 yard line. Jefferson City ran the ball back to the De Smet 34-yard line but the Spartans defense held. The ensuing drive saw De Smet stall on a failed field goal attempt. 

After forcing a three and out on the next Jefferson City possession, the Spartans used a Marcus Jester 37 yard run to set up a score in the red zone on a pass from Conner Harrison to Lucas Nikolaisen to cut the lead to 14-7 with 3:42 left in the 2nd quarter.

Jester had more than 140 yards at halftime and finished the game with 30 carries for 257 yards and a score.

An Andrew Zotos blocked punt gave the Spartans the ball at the Jays' 21 with halftime fast approaching, but De Smet could not get a touchdown off the drive and instead took a Nikolaisen field goal with the ball at the Jefferson City 1 yard-line.

With 13.7 left to play before half, a De Smet squib kick made its way to Sherwood, who took the ball 96 yards for a score. The eleven point swing inside the final minute of the half gave Jefferson City a 21-10 advantage which would be extended when Jefferson City Quarterback Thomas LePage took the team's first possesion of the third quarter and ran 48 yards for a touchdown.

LePage made things happen on the ground and in the air throughout the night, hitting open receivers downfield, including a 56 yard toss to Scott Stegeman to push the advantage to 35-10 and later A.J. Miller for a 53 yard score.

De Smet stayed on the ground as Jester was the main workhorse on the night with second half runs of as many as 44 and 50 yards at a time, the latter of which helped set up a Taylor O'Brien score to provide the final score inside the game's final minute.

Afterward, Spartans Head Coach Pat Mahoney said the Jays were a team that knew how to finish. 

"They've been playing together forever and a day. They know eachother. They'be been running the same plays since sixth grade," he told his squad.

"We made mental mistakes and they scored on them. It's real simple. You can't do that against a good football team," Mahoney told reporters soon afterward.

But Mahoney is convinced his club has another shot at seeing Jefferson City later, in the postseason.

"When we get our shot at playing them again, it's gonna be downtown."

Next Up: Thursday at St. Louis University High School, which handled Chaminade 42-14.

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