After falling to the Boys Town Cowboys on Friday, the Fairbury Jeffs are regrouping and looking forward to next year. Head Coach Kam Lenhart acknowledged that the loss in the play offs stings, but that the players left it all on the field, giving nothing less than their best efforts and playing with a lot of heart.
Before The Game:
On Friday afternoon, parents and students at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School gathered in the gym to pump up Jeff Spirit with a pep rally.
Coach Lenhart explained that there have been a number of accomplishments throughout the season, and there are many reasons for the Jeffs to be proud. The captains of the team also spoke about their dedication throughout the season and how having the support of the fans helps a lot.
Listen to them speak here:
On The Field:
The Jeffs traveled to Boys Town, to face off against the Cowboys on Friday night. It was a fast-paced game as both the Jeffs and the Cowboys worked to maintain the ball and to find their way into the end zone.
Officials halted the game several times as players from both teams sustained injuries, including Senior Brent Hirsch and Junior Jacob Johnson. The Jeffs worked to gain touchdowns, racking up tons of yards, including a 90-yard touchdown by Senior Tanner Novotny.
The Cowboys took a strong lead in the fourth quarter, but the Jeffs did not give up, working hard right up to the end. The final score was 54-34.
After The Game:
The players gathered on the field as the coaches assured them that they have nothing to be ashamed of; in fact they encouraged the Jeffs to be proud of their accomplishments and to continue working hard for next year. Coach Derek Garfield emphasized that a strong foundation has been built and that it is up to the other players to step up as the seniors leave Fairbury High School.
It was clear that there was a lot of love. The coaches emphasized that the athletes are a big family, and that they will always be there for one another.
The seniors lined up as the other athletes and coaches gave a final farewell:
Some of the accomplishments for the Jeffs this season include:
-Senior Patrick Ondrak set a high school record for all-time leading receiver.
-Junior Jacob Johnson set a high school record for all-time rushing yards.
-The Jeffs had the best record since they started keeping records in 1998 (8-2).
-The Jeffs gained the first District Title since 2000.
-The Jeffs entered the first play off game since 2010.
(Special thanks to Dr. Jeff Johnson and family for allowing Fairbury News Now staff to use their camera on Friday night)