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Blanchard football scrimmage: Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher defense strong in Class 3A championship rematch

Sternberger and Kaden Jackson — both on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 — wreaked havoc on defense as the Yellowjackets allowed little yardage in a 12-play series and full quarter.
by Jacob Unruh Published: August 28, 2014
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Kingfisher senior Jace Sternberger said the defense wanted to make a statement Thursday night.

It certainly did that in a rematch of the Class 3A championship game against Blanchard following a lightning delay that lasted nearly 90 minutes.

Sternberger and Kaden Jackson — both on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 — wreaked havoc on defense as the Yellowjackets allowed little yardage in a 12-play series and full quarter.

“We were trying to send a message to not let anything go from last year,” Sternberger said. “Last year’s defense was tremendous, and we don’t want to let anything up from that. The rain delay didn’t help at all, but I was really impressed with how we were flying around.”

Sternberger deflected multiple passes from Blanchard quarterback Kanon Kirchner, including one that led to an interception by Trey Yeoman.

Kingfisher was most effective when Sternberger and Jackson lined up alongside each other on the defensive front.

“You can’t do anything with Sternberger if you don’t game plan for him,” Blanchard coach Jeff Craig said. “You can try to read him, you can try to block him, you can try to throw around him, run around him and he’s going to be in your face all night long. You have to adjust to that. He wrecked it for us most of the time.”

BLANCHARD OFFENSE FINDING ITS WAY

Craig was openly disappointed with how the Lions’ offense performed.

Kirchner struggled at times, while running backs Brandon Montano and Holden Mayfield struggled to get going.

“We’ve got a ways to go,” Craig said. “We dropped too many balls and made some mistakes, but it is what it is and we’ll get better.”

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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