Thunder Mountain High School senior Ben Jahn called underclassman, but not underclassed, receiver Riley Olson’s number three times and the freshman held on to the pigskin as the Falcons toppled Ketchikan 35-19 on Saturday at TMHS Field.
“We definitely did a little bit more passing tonight than against Viewpoint (California) and we connected quite a few times,” TMHS head coach Jeep Rice said. “That was helpful for sure.”
Jahn was huge under center for the Falcons, directing the ball down field on a series of hand offs and passes and finding Olson for 25-yards and a score with 3:25 remaining in the first quarter.
The duo hooked up again with less than three minutes remaining in the second quarter.
The Falcons defense then held the Kings to three and out, forcing a punt that put TMHS at the Ketchikan 37 yard line.
Jahn then worked passes to Dylan Taylor and Zachary Chamizo for short gains and on third-and-one Jahn bootlegged 21 yards for pay dirt.
The only thing that kept Jahn down was a cramp late in the game that retired him for the fourth quarter. Freshman Fletcher Sebens came on to take the snaps and engineered a running touchdown for sophomore Samuel Bluett.
Even when the Falcons were trying to get a first down to run out the clock at the end of the game, Sebens connected on a 14-yard strike to Bluett to allow possession to the end of the game.
“That was a nice little pass play there,” Rice said. “And that is a freshman to a sophomore.”
Leading 20-0 with the last second ticking off before half time, the Falcons gave up a Hail Mary pass from Ketchikan’s Connor Hicks to Cooper McClaren.
“We had some mistakes,” Rice said. “But a lot of our kids did pretty well. Ketchikan is an improved team and they certainly did not quit. It was good classy play by both teams.”
The Falcons had six fumbles but recovered each one, plus senior Rick Johnson gathered in one of Ketchikan’s six drops in his return to the field for the first time this season.
“He takes up a lot of space in there,” Rice said. “He is a force for us inside.”
The Falcons also had 13 penalties for 89 yards.
“We have to get kids in the right places to run plays,” Rice said. “It seems like we hamstrung ourselves several times with some unnecessary penalties because we were taking too much time and Ben (Jahn) had to get them into the right positions. That is because we still have several freshmen and sophomores out there that we are dependent upon.”
The Falcons were more active in the second half.
The defensive linemen got off the ball quicker which held Ketchikan to short gains, while the offensive line allowed Jahn more time to find receivers or open holes to scamper through. Jahn tallied 138-yards on nine carries.
Freshman John Williams found lots of running room across the field and Tim Smith kept a grip on the ball straight ahead.
“John cuts back really well,” Rice said. “Smith has really kept both hands around the ball now.”
Junior William Martin is expected to make an impact soon as well.
Next week’s game against Sitka has been cancelled as the Wolves still try to field a team. The TMHS junior varsity will travel to play at Ketchikan instead.
The Varsity players will rest a week after playing two games in five days.
TMHS will host Soldotna on September 6 at Falcons Field.
“Having played three games in less than seven days or so, the rest is a welcome thing,” Rice said. “We have some players who don’t have the required practices in yet to get into the lineup so this time period will help.”
Thunder Mountain (1-1) 35, Ketchikan (0-2) 19
Scoring By Quarters:
3:25 - TMHS: Riley Olson 25 pass from Ben Jahn (kick failed).
2:48 - TMHS: Olson 6 pass from Jahn (Olson pass from Jahn).
1:13 - TMHS: Jahn 13 run (kick failed).
0:00 - KTN: Cooper McClaren 38 pass from Connor Hicks (run failed).
11:08 - KTN: Hicks 43 run (run failed).
8:49 - TMHS: Olson 6 pass from Jahn (Williams run).
5:53 - TMHS: Samuel Bluett 29 run (Olson kick).
5:36 - KTN: Hicks 75 kickoff return (Nate Fousel kick).
Rushing - TMHS 51-298 / KTN 32-149
Passing - TMHS 7-20-101 / KTN 8-19-113
Total offense - TMHS 399 / KTN 262
Interceptions thrown - / TMHS 0 / KTN 0
Fumbles-lost - TMHS 6-0 / KTN 6-1
First downs - TMHS 18 / KTN 8
Penalties - TMHS 13-89 / KTN 12-105
Punts-net avg. - TMHS 3-31.3 / KTN 4-30.3
Rushing (Attempts-Yards-Touchdowns) —
TMHS: Ben Jahn 9-138-1, John Williams 14-67-0, Samuel Bluett 3-51-0, Jacob Watson 1-12-0, Fletcher Sebens 2-10-0, William Martin 4-7-0, Dylan Taylor 1-7-0.
KTN: Connor Hicks 19-145-1, Robert Williams 2-14-0, Cooper McClaren 1-3-0, Justin Covault 8-1-0, Team 2-(-14)-0.
Passing (Completions-Attempts-Yards-TDs-Interceptions) —
TMHS: Ben Jahn 6-19-87-3-0, Fletcher Sebens 1-1-14-0-0.
KTN: Justin Covault 7-18-75-1-0, Connor Hicks 1-1-38-1-0.
Receiving (Receptions-Yards-TDs) —
TMHS: Riley Olson 3-37-3, Dylan Taylor 1-16-0, Zachary Chamizo 1-9-0, Samuel Bluett 1-14-0.
KTN: Cooper McClaren 5-73-1, Nate Fousel 1-7-0, Noah Silva 1-(-5)-0.