Bluejackets blitz Bison on Homecoming

The Bluejackets march out to the field in unison to start the second half after building a 42-8 lead in their 2012 Homecoming game with Buffalo. Photos by Greg Hunt


Jumping on Buffalo turnovers before the windy, wet weather rolled in, Cambridge-Isanti football scored 42 first-half points– all that was needed to post a 42-16 victory over the Bison Sept. 21.

Senior fullback Chance Laidly gained 146 yards and scored the first three Bluejacket touchdowns. The first came after Sam Thomas knocked the ball away from a Bison back, and Hunter Vavra recovered. Seven plays later C-I scored on Laidly’s 1-yard punch-in.

The Jacket defense stifled Buffalo at its 10, forcing a punt. Laidly then broke off a 35-yard run for the TD. Laidly’s hat trick score came just 47 seconds later on a 7-yard rush after Joe Miller recovered a fumble on a Buffalo botched hand-off.

Thomas got in on the scoring action midway through the second quarter when he broke off a 69-yard run. Vavra recovered the Bison’s next fumble after Max Knowlton punched the ball out, setting up Thomas’ 32-yard TD sprint.

“Chance Laidly is predominately playing on one side of the ball and has a lot more energy to finish off his runs. The addition of Sam Thomas from missing the prior week gave us the needed speed that we didn’t have a week ago against Monticello,” said Coach Mike Hennen. “But more importantly, I think the offensive line took it upon themselves to step up their play and open some holes for the running backs. They were not happy with the way they played against Monticello, had a great week of practice and it paid off Friday night.”

The ensuing kickoff bounced off the return man, and Kevin Johnson recovered. On the next play, QB John Solberg hit wideout Matt Swanson on a 25-yard ‘Waggle’ for the 42-0 lead with 6:09 to play in the half.

Junior linebacker Hunter Vavra made a solid open-field tackle as the Jacket defense limited the Bison to 82 yards on the ground in the Homecoming victory.

Buffalo finally cracked the scoreboard on a 5-yard run with 37 seconds left before the massive CIHS Homecoming band hit the field. The Bison drove to midfield on their first possession of the second half, but a Weylin Iglesias sack slowed their momentum, Vavra made a solid open-field tackle, and Darren DeBaere and company stopped a 4th-and-1 attempt.  Buffalo’s final score came on a 40-yard pass early in the fourth quarter.

Cambridge-Isanti 42, Buffalo 16

C-I Buff

First Downs 17 15

Rushing 43/332 30/82

Passing 7/4/2 30/17/0

Passing Yds 67 224

Total Yds 399 306

Bluejacket Individual Stats

Rushing: Laidly 23/146, 3 TD; Thomas 12/123, 2 TD; Henderson 1/35; Knowlton 3/17. Passing: Solberg 7/4/2- 67 yds. Receiving: Vavra 2/25; Swanson 1/25, TD; Knowlton 1/17.

Tackles: Chromy 10.5, Knowlton 8, Holt 7.5, Vavra 6.5 (sack), Auren 5.5, Iglesias 4 (2 sacks), Miller 5.

Kicking: Rouse 6/6 X-pts, 7 kickoffs 53.1 avg; Johnson 2 punts 39.5 avg.

Mississippi 8 Football: Monticello 4-0, 4-0; St. Michael-Alb. 3-1, 3-1; Cambridge-Isanti 2-1, 3-1; Rogers 2-1, 3-1; Duluth East 1-1, 2-2; Duluth Denfeld 0-2, 0-4; Big Lake 0-3, 0-4; Buffalo 0-3, 0-4