Ryan Thompson and Isaac Jestus force Dover-Eyota's Joseph Reiss to fumble in Byron's first football game of the season. The Bears recovered. Photos by Keith Garvens
By Mitch George
It is once again that time of the year. The temperature is being lowered, school supplies are being purchased, and football teams across the nation are gearing up for their much-anticipated seasons.
Byron is no different, beginning their season with a victory at home Aug. 28. This victory proved to be a very special one for head coach John Austinson. The game marked his 100th career win as a coach.
The game began at 7 p.m., amidst a steady downpour. Dover-Eyota won the coin toss, and began with the ball.
They drove 60 yards down the field, before eventually losing a fumble. Nick Douglas fell on the ball for Byron.
On the first offensive drive of the season, the Bears went 3-and-out backed up against their goal line.
Dover-Eyota began with the ball at the 30 yard line, but couldn't capitalize as they were flagged twice for false starts. After this, senior Dan Fujan and senior Isaac Jestus tag-teamed Dover-Eyota's ball carrier in the backfield to further stall the drive.
On the ensuing punt (attempt) from Dover-Eyota, Noah Schutte blocked the punt and Nick Douglas recovered the ball once again for Byron. Douglas notched his second recovery of the game on this play, eventually accruing four defensive fumble recoveries.
This set up the Bears with very favorable field position at the 23 yard line.
Senior quarterback Colin Sherden then threw to senior tight end Noah Schutte for a 22 yard gain, setting up the Bears at the 1 yard line.
After attempting two quarterback sneaks, Sherden broke the plane of the end zone for the first, and only, score of the game.
The defense held strong throughout the game by shutting out Dover-Eyota. Carrying the team defensively were junior James Long, Dan Fujan, and Nick Douglas. Stand-outs on the offensive side of the ball include wide receiver Kip Knutson, tight end Noah Schutte, and quarterback Colin Sherden.
No stats are available at this time. The team next plays at Lake City on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.