The Jefferson City Jays and Capital City Cavaliers both got what they wanted from Tuesday night’s football scrum.
In fact, they had to fight.
“It was a good game for us,” Jays coach Scott Blake said after Jefferson City shut out Capital City 7-0 at Capital City. “We were pretty good with the ball and I think in the second half we showed how good we can be with the ball.”
The result was not unexpected. The Jays bring back a slew of talented seniors, while the sophomore Cavaliers are still trying to gain a foothold at the college level.
“For us, I think we got more out of it than they did,” Cavaliers coach Travis Carrier said. “The more we can play against quality teams like that, the better we can build to be.
“You have to play against teams like this to get the exposure you need to improve.”
The Jays scored four times in the first half. The goals came from seniors Bassil Ahmed, Darby Hall, Breck McGrail and Ethan DuBois.
“We know we had the advantage of having a group of experienced seniors against a group of juniors and sophomores,” said Blake.
Toby Hughes, another senior, was in the Jays’ goal in the first half.
Logan Barger, Ethan Blake and Ahmed scored in the second half for Jefferson City. Eli Chapman was in the goal.
The Cavaliers will only have three classes in school this fall, with sophomores making up the majority of the Cavaliers roster.
“The junior and rookie classes aren’t that big and so in training it’s hard to get the competition we need,” Carrier said.
While the Jays were happy they got the win, there were a few things they wanted to work on as well.
“We’ve had very few games this summer so we have to work on all thirds of the field,” said Blake. “Usually this time of summer we’ve played at least eight games and up to 12.
“This year we had played three before tonight.”
Jefferson City aim to get something out of every game over the summer. And with the tight schedule, due to the cancellation of events due to the coronavirus, this is more important than ever.
“We don’t wait for moments to happen in scrums like this, we create them,” said Blake. “We tell the guys they can only play in the back half or the front half, they can only defend here and not here.
“We do things like that so we make sure we work on what we need to work on.”
The Jays focused on the movement of the ball on Tuesday night.
“I thought we would be good defensively so we wanted to work on building the offensive end,” said Blake. “In the first half we worked on building from the deepest part of our attacking side. The second half he spent trying to build on the attacking side.”
The Cavaliers realized how good the Jays could be this season. And Carrier, who recently made some changes to his game system, was happy that it happened,
“We discussed before the game whether we had a nonchalant game or bad passes or bad traps, it was a team that was going to exploit it,” he said. “Honestly playing someone that good is good for us because I can count on less than one hand on how many teams we will play in the regular season, that’s kind of quality. .
“When you’re trying to learn a new system against that kind of pace, that kind of speed, that kind of talent, when you get to a lot of other teams on your schedule, you should be prepared.”
Jefferson City, with five players in their first-ever 11-on-11 game, won Tuesday’s JV short scrum 2-0.
“We looked good and it was encouraging for the young players,” said Blake.
The Jays and Cavaliers have about a month before the regular season starts.
On August 29, the Jays face CBC in St. Louis while Capital City is scheduled to play Southern Boone.
The Jays and Cavaliers meet in the regular season on September 1 at Eddie Horn Field.