Beckman and Blue Jays bowl over Glenn

NORTH JUDSON — The way things started, Friday’s game at North Judson looked like a good thing for John Glenn’s football team.
But the way it ended, the Falcons found out they have a whole lot of work to do.
North Judson runningback Erik Beckman, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound bowling ball with legs, rolled through Glenn’s defense for 227 yards and four touchdowns as the Bluejays rolled up a 25-7 victory.
After a solid first half, the Glenn offense sputtered and the defense sagged as the third quarter began, spoiling Dave Sharpe’s debut as the Falcons’ new head coach.
There wasn’t any mystery about North Judson’s offensive plan. It was Beckman running left, Beckman running right, Beckman running up the middle.
If nobody was going to stop him, Beckman was just going to keep doing it. And Glenn couldn’t stop him.
“He (Beckman) got going and we couldn’t contain him,” said a quiet Sharpe following the frustrating loss. “We have to make better decisions. We have to get better fundamentally.”
Early on, it looked as if the Falcons might dominate the contest. Midway through the first quarter, Zach Combes ripped off a 26-yard run, Michael Schmeltz rolled off 33 more, and Glenn took a 7-0 lead at the 2:05 mark on a nice 17-yard pass from quarterback Daniel Wallace to Jake Strong.
They also were smart defensively, recovering a Bluejay fumble to set up a field goal attempt.
But, at the same time, there were problems. Twice in the first half, Glenn drove into the red zone, but came away empty handed.
By the third quarter, North Judson had the Falcons figured out.
On the Bluejays’ second play of the quarter, Beckman found a gaping hole over left tackle, bolted through, and didn’t stop running till he reached paydirt 77 yards later.
About that same time, Glenn’s offense, which had been effective in the first half, ground to a halt.
The Falcons had to punt the ball after three plays, and North Judson’s Tyler Tunis ran it back 51 yards to the Glenn 22. Four plays later, Beckman scored on a five-yard dive, and the Bluejays had an 18-7 lead at the 5:18 mark.
“We really didn’t adjust much at halftime, only effort and attitude,” said Bluejay coach Kirt Kennedy, who was also making a debut appearance.
“John Glenn came out with a good game plan and smacked us in the mouth early,” said Kennedy. “Our kids knew what they were supposed to do. They finally stepped it up.”
In the fourth quarter, Beckman carried the ball on every play during an 11-play, 80-yard TD drive that chewed up almost seven minutes.
“In the fourth quarter, we couldn’t stop them,” said Sharpe. “But, we’ll look at the film and break everything down and figure it out. We’ll get better.”
Combes finished a good game with 86 yards rushing for the Falcons. Schmeltz racked up 58.
Wallace, a sophomore at quarterback, had 50 yards passing in a nice effort, but also gave up an interception.
At North Judson
Glenn: 7 0 0 0 — 7
Judson: 0 6 12 7 — 25
First quarter
JG — Jake Strong 17-yd pass from Daniel Wallace (Michael Schmeltz kick), 2:05.
Second quarter
NJ — Erik Beckman 50-yd pass from Caston Sanchez (run failed), 0:47.
Third quarter
NJ — Erik Beckman 77-yd run (run failed), 9:34.
NJ — Erik Beckman 5-yd run (run failed), 5:18.
Fourth quarter
NJ — Erik Beckman 12-yd run (Mavrick Pitts kick), 4:07.
John Glenn North Judson
First Downs 8 18
Rushes-Yards 32-140 51-274
Passing yards 50 70
Passing 2-9-1 3-7-0
Punts-avg. 4-35.0 3-31.3
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties-yards 4-21 3-25
RUSHING – John Glenn, Zach Combes 15-86, Michael Schmeltz 10-58, Tyler Prentkowski 3-(-13), Daniel Wallace 4-(-5),Christian Porter 1-13. North Judson, Erik Beckman 26-227, Zach Schultz 15-42, Mavrick Pitts 4-3, Caston Sanchez 5-0.
PASSING – John Glenn, Daniel Wallace 2-9-1-50. North Judson, Caston Sanchez, 3-7-0-70.
RECEIVING – John Glenn, Tyler Prentkowski 1-33, Jake Strong 1-17. North Judson, Erik Beckman 2-62, Zach Schultz 1-8.