The Bluejackets jumped out to a sizable lead against the host Duluth East Greyhounds, and then hung on for a 40-35 victory.
C-I opened the scoring with two touchdown runs in the form of a one-yard sneak by quarterback Austin Schlenker and then an 18-yard run by Jett Gaudette.
Gaudette then added a 29-yard run between two East scores, and Schlenker added his second touchdown on a nine-yard run as time expired in the first half to make the halftime score 27-14.
The Bluejackets extended the lead to 40-14 with a 10-yard touchdown run by Kaden Slepica and another one-yard run by Ryley Nelson.
Duluth East made the game appear closer than it was with three touchdown passes of 56, 66 and 10 yards, making the final the five-point win for the Jackets.
All of C-I’s 352 yards came via the run as quarterback Schlenker went 0-4 on pass attempts in the game. By contrast, 350 of the Greyhounds’ 403 total yards came on passing plays.
C-I split their two games this past week, losing 3-0 to East Ridge before claiming a 3-0 win in their first conference match of the year against Buffalo by nearly identical scores of 25-18, 25-19 and 25-18.
In the past week, C-I wound up with four 4-3 results, with the Jackets coming out on the winning side in three of those four matches.
The week did start with a 5-2 conference win over Chisago Lakes before the string of identical scores. The Jackets beat Monticello, St. Paul Harding and Annandale and fell to Anoka in those close matchups. Even in the one loss, the Jackets had plenty of chances to pull out the victory, falling in three third set super tiebreakers.
The young team continues to be lead by their singles play with Lili Marlton and Abby Benson going undefeated for the week. Annie Fredlund also picked up three wins at #2 singles.
In the lone game of the week, C-I topped Princeton 4-0 in their first conference game of the year. Captain Calvin Thompson picked up a pair of goals in the game, with Diether Modina and Tom Holmberg also finding the back of the net.
The girls team experienced their first loss of the season at the hands of last year’s state tournament entrant Princeton by a score of 4-0. The Jackets bounced back to dominate St. John’s Prep 8-0 thanks to Lainie Cox’s second four-goal game of the season. Kirsten Belsheim picked up the shutout win without having to stop a single Johnnie shot on goal.
Girls Swimming and Diving
In their home opener on Thursday, Sept. 8, C-I fell to Monticello 97-84. Getting first place finishes in contested events were Addison Smrekar in the 200 individual medley (2:29.17) and the 100 backstroke (1:08.28) and Sadie Bexter in the 100 butterfly (1:06.47). Monticello swam the last two events as exhibition only.
The other result of note was in the 100 breaststroke as freshman Kendra Fanth set a new school record in the event with a time of 1:10.59, beating the old record by a mere .01 seconds.
The Bluejackets hosted their only home meet of the season last Friday, Sept. 9.
For the boys, the home team took seventh place out of nine teams. Jack Nelson was the top C-I finisher in 26th place, followed by Dylan Larson in 27th, a mere half second behind.
The girls team took sixth place out of ten teams. C-I had two runners crack the top 20 with Abberly Smith taking 15th and Jessica Illg coming in 18th place.