Brayden Klafka leads injured Spearman to 24-6 win over Vega Longhorns
VEGA – When Spearman needed someone to take on the role of a quarterback, senior wide receiver Brayden Klafka took the place and ran with it.
The Lynx were severely shorthanded on offense, with both quarterbacks Jack Davis and Carson Seaman with shoulder injuries and star athlete Brenen Thompson indefinitely with a foot injury.
Still, Klafka’s speed and athleticism were enough to secure a 24-6 victory over Vega on Friday night at Longhorn Stadium.
Never having played as a signalman before, Klafka did what he does best and executed the ball 15 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. But, he also used his throwing arm in finding Cade Seaman for a 35-yard scoring pass.
“I thank my guys in advance for making the holes and letting me do my thing,” he said. “The team really needed me and I knew I had to be there for them.”
In a game that lasted less than two hours and 20 minutes, Spearman’s offense knew it had to eat away at time and wreak havoc on Vega’s defense.
Throughout the game, the Lynx constantly altered their offensive line to muddle Vega’s defense and ultimately found success when running lanes were created for the Spearman playmakers.
Head coach Aaron Witten said if they were to have any chance of winning this game they had to beat Vega’s strong offensive and defensive lines. Doing it shorthanded meant they had to adapt on the fly.
“Brayden, he hadn’t even made the depths chart as a quarterback until last week. He was an emergency quarterback, now he’s become a full starter,” he said. he declared. “These kids are resilient and the coaches have to be flexible and be able to move the players and put them in the best position to win. I think these guys did a hell of a job tonight.”
After a rambling first quarter, Spearman finally broke the deadlock as Miguel Zamara netted a 40-yard field goal for the 3-0 advantage with 10:16 left to go before halftime.
Those points eased the pressure on Spearman’s offense, as well as a 35-yard pass from Klafka to Cade Seamon with 56 seconds to go to the midpoint.
Klafka was a constant problem for Vega’s defense as he collected several yards on key conversions on the third down. His 11-yard touchdown was the icing on the cake of his performance as Fabien Hernandez added to the tally with a 27-yard rushing score in the fourth to seal the game.
Klafka was praised by Vega’s head coach Jason Porton, citing his athleticism as the difference in the game.
Vega’s only score came at the end of the third when Ryan Grawunder found Slade Fowler for a 19-yard play.
But Grawunder struggled to find his playmakers in open space throughout the game as he was selected twice, once each by Cade Seaman and Klafka.
In addition to the loss, Vega lost lineman Tanner teVelde in the first quarter. His status was unknown after the competition.
“There will be a lot of lessons to be learned from this movie,” Porton said. “Things like finishing blocks or doing the right reads in the backfield. Just little things. Sometimes you can put yourself in a situation by trying too hard. We’re not broken, we’ve just got a few things we go. have to adjust to get back on track. “
Spearman (3-1) will open the district game with a road contest in Childress at 7 p.m. Friday. September 24. Vega (3-1) will travel to Bovina for his penultimate out-of-district game of the season at 7 p.m. Friday at Mustang Stadium.
LAUNCHER 24, VEGA 6
Lancer 0 10 7 7 – 24
Vega 0 0 6 0 – 6
SUMMARY OF RATING
SPE – Miguel Zamara 40-yard field goal, 10:16
SPE – 35-yard pass from Cade Seaman to Brayden Klafka (good kick from Zamara), 0:56
SPE – Klafka 11 yards (good kick from Zamara), 4:08
VEG – 19 yard pass from Slade Fowler to Ryan Grawunder, 0:28
SPE – 27 yard run from Fabian Hernandez (good kick from Zamara), 11:18