Bluejackets open with shutout over Hunters 

Hunter Vavra plowed into a Hunter linebacker while picking up a handful of his 80 yards rushing. Vavra scored touchdowns on two runs and captained the defense as it limit the Hunters to 69 total yards.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Hunter Vavra plowed into a Hunter linebacker while picking up a handful of his 80 yards rushing. Vavra scored touchdowns on two runs and captained the defense as it limit the Hunters to 69 total yards. Photos by Greg Hunt

Cambridge-Isanti football kept the hammer down on Duluth Denfeld to post a 34-0 shutout in the Aug. 29 home-opener. The win got the Bluejackets off to a 1-0 start in the Mississippi 8 Conference.

The game began with the C-I crowd hearing big hits on the opening kickoff coverage (photo at right). The Hunters tore off two long runs for first downs, but Max Knowlton recovered a botched pitch to stop the visitors.

The Jacket offense was stopped on a fourth-down run on that chance, but Hunter Vavra forced a fumble on Denfeld’s ill-fated fourth-down attempt on the ensuing possession. This time, the Jackets took advantage of the short field when Vavra broke off two good runs to set up Max Knowlton’s untouched one-yard sweep into the end zone.

A Vavra sack and a Spencer Simon tackle-for-loss ended the Hunters’ next series in three plays. The Bluejackets made it 14-0 when John Solberg connected with Knowlton on a 20-yard pass with 1:14 left in the half.

Vavra sprinted 20 yards for the Jackets’ third TD late in the third quarter, then he made it 28-0 on a 2-yard run on the team’s next possession. The senior got the hat trick by scoring off a blocked punt two minutes later. The Jacket defense continued to swarm well to limit the Hunters to five total first downs.

“We played physical, unselfish defense which is a trademark of Bluejacket Football. Our special teams blocked a punt and finished with a scoop & a score,” said C-I Coach Mike Hennen. “It was a great team win as every member of the team contributed in the effort.”

Senior D-tackle Spencer Simon making tackle-for-loss on a Hunter run attempt in the 34-0 victory.

Senior D-tackle Spencer Simon making tackle-for-loss on a Hunter run attempt in the 34-0 victory.

Next up: The Bluejackets travel to Duluth East Sept. 6. The Greyhounds were defeated 64-12 by St. Francis last week.

Cambridge-Isanti 34, Denfeld 0

C-I DD

First Downs 12 5

Rushing 41/162 34/63

Passing 9/3/0 6/1/0

Passing Yds 93 6

Total Yds 255 69

Bluejacket Individual Stats: 

Rushing: Vavra 10/80, 2TD; Chromy 20/56; Knowlton 6/16, TD; Wilkes 3/9. Passing: Solberg 8/3/0- 93 yds, TD. Receiving: Kuehn 1/52; Knowlton 2/41, TD. Tackles: Vavra 9 (sack), Kuehn 6, Simon 4, Lane 4, Johnson 3, Chromy 3. Kicking: Samsa 4/5 X-pts; Schintz 1 punt 25 yds.

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