Schafer’s big night dooms Bluejays

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    Luke Schafer threw five touchdown passes and ran for three more for the East Mills football team in a 54-7 victory over Villisca in Eight-Man, District 8 action on Friday.
    The Wolverines (4-2 overall, 3-1 in the district) led 52-0 at the half before the starters gave way to reserves the final two quarters.
    East Mills totaled 366 yards of total offense, 182 of it coming on the ground and the other 184 coming through the air, while holding the Bluejays to 46 total yards.
    “We’ve got a lot of kids stepping up right now, we have some young guys getting some more playing time on offense and defense and we’re very happy with how we’ve come along,” said East Mills coach Andy Irwin. “We feel like we can do a a little bit more each week with our running and our passing. That balance really helps our passing game.”
    Schafer finished 9-of-10 passing with his five touchdown tosses bringing his season total to a district-leading 19 and added 57 yards rushing and two scores. Schafer also picked off a pass and had four tackles on defense.
    “Every week before the game starts he doesn’t look that excited but when the game starts he just seems able to perform at whatever level he needs and he never gets too excited or too down,” said Irwin of Schafer. “He’s just the same every week.”
    So is Schafer the best quarterback in the district?
    “It’s hard to say because I haven’t seen every quarterback, but just by looking at the numbers, he’s probably the most consistent,” said Irwin. He’s also the quarterback that caused the most problems for coaches because you think ‘Well, do we went to drop everybody back and stop the pass?’ or ‘Do we try and pressure him?’ And then he can take off and run. He’s hard to pin down defensively.”
    Brandon Clemmons added 76 yards rushing and 35 yard receiving with two touchdown catches. Daniel Duysen grabbed four passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns.