Jana Rushes For 262 Yards But Clan falls to Humboldt State

Source: Aaron Martin – Sports Information Assistant | SFU Clan Athletics
Burnaby, BC – A dominant first half from the Humboldt State University Lumberjacks (2-1, 1-1) proved too much for the SFU Clan football team (0-3, 0-1) to overcome on Saturday night, as they fell 56-24 at Swangard Stadium.
“It’s a process, I mean we’ve talked about that before,” said SFU head coach Kelly Bates. “It’s a long process, it’s not going to be a short process, and you’re either getting better, or you’re getting worse. I think we go up and down during the games, obviously, that’s the nature of the beast, but I do think there’s things we can build on here, and we’ve got to take the positives, but still understand the reality as we move forward.”
Despite the end result, the Clan had a ton of positive signs in their GNAC opener. The biggest bright spot was the play of redshirt sophomore tailback Jalen Jana. Getting the start in favour of the injured Ante Litre, Jana piled up 262 yards on 29 rushes, including a dynamic 52-yard score in the fourth quarter. The multitalented back also saw time under center in the wildcat, throwing a 14-yard touchdown.
“We had to fix a lot of things [coming back from Texas A&M Kingsville], a bit of a confidence issue, but of traveling, but we got those fixed over the week and stuff,” said Jana. “You see, in that second half, we really moved the ball well, the offensive line blocked great, and there were some big holes.”
Quarterback Miles Richardson was up-and-down in his Clan home debut, going 14-for-38 for 168 yards, a touchdown, and two picks through the air. Junior wideout Justin Buren nabbed five balls for 102 yards, while freshman Tom Franklin was a red-zone threat, catching two balls for 18 yards and a pair of majors.
The Jacks started fast – on the Jacks’ first play from scrimmage, junior tailback Ja’Quan Gardner raced through a hole in the right side of the line and bolted for an 88-yard touchdown. Gardner, HSU’s all-time career rushing leader, finished the contest with 211 yards and four TDs on 19 carries.
The Jacks tailback added a nine-yard score on their next possession, before Blair Zerr put the visitors up 21-0 in the final minutes of the opening stanza.
Down 35-0, kicker Chad Heerspink got SFU on the board with four minutes left in the first half, nailing a 33-yard field goal.
Five minutes into the third quarter, the Clan popped their first offensive touchdown of the season. The lead-up was impressive, as Simon Fraser got into scoring position on a 39-yard catch from Buren, before Jana took the team down to the goal line on a 35-yard scamper. Two plays later, Richardson found Franklin in the flats on the four-yard score.
After Gardner raced his way to a 58-yard touchdown for the Jacks, Jana responded on SFU’s next drive, piling up 63 yards on the ground, including a 42-yard burst, before tossing a perfect ball to Franklin in the end zone out of the wildcat.
After a forced fumble on a punt return gave SFU the ball back midway through the final frame, Jana showed off his long speed, bursting through the HSU defense for that 52-yard touchdown.
The Lumberjacks backups added a score late in the game to close out the scoring.
The Clan will now head back out on the road, as they are scheduled to face the Azusa Pacific Cougars next Saturday, September 24. Kickoff scheduled for 6:00 pm in Azusa, CA.
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Humboldt State


Simon Fraser


HUMBOLDT STATE (2-1-0 , 1-1) -VS- SIMON FRASER (0-3-0 , 0-1)

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Humboldt State 21 14 14 7 56
Simon Fraser 0 3 7 14 24
Webber (168),
Gardner (211),
Burmeister (47)
Richardson (167),
Jana (262),
Buren (108)
Swangard Stadium
3hr 2min

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
Qtr Time Scoring Play HSU SFU
1st 09:56 HSU – Gardner 87 yd run (Southward kick ), 1 plays, 87 yards, TOP 0:12 7 0
1st 04:52 HSU – Gardner 9 yd run (Southward kick ), 7 plays, 43 yards, TOP 3:24 14 0
1st 01:44 HSU – Zerr 27 yd run (Southward kick ), 6 plays, 59 yards, TOP 2:02 21 0
2nd 14:56 HSU – Gardner 3 yd run (Southward kick ), 2 plays, 7 yards, TOP 0:18 28 0
2nd 11:00 HSU – Doctor 27 yd pass from Webber (Southward kick ) 3 plays, 27 yards, TOP 0:44 35 0
2nd 04:04 SFU – Heerspink 33 yd field goal 13 plays, 66 yards, TOP 6:49 35 3
3rd 09:02 HSU – Doctor 4 yd pass from Webber (Southward kick ) 13 plays, 75 yards, TOP 5:58 42 3
3rd 06:36 SFU – Franklin 4 yd pass from Richardson (Heerspink kick ) 9 plays, 0 yards, TOP 2:26 42 10
3rd 01:48 HSU – Gardner 58 yd run (Southward kick ), 7 plays, 97 yards, TOP 3:45 49 10
4th 14:06 SFU – Franklin 14 yd pass from Jana (Heerspink kick ) 9 plays, 75 yards, TOP 2:42 49 17
4th 07:14 SFU – Jana 52 yd run (Heerspink kick ), 6 plays, 89 yards, TOP 3:01 49 24
4th 01:54 HSU – Josue 1 yd run (Southward kick ), 6 plays, 45 yards, TOP 2:20 56 24
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