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Jericho Junior Varsity Football Team Wins Season Opener

Jayhawks Defeat Calhoun Colts 25-7

With the future of Jericho football in question, 37 dedicated Jericho junior varsity football players went on the road for the season opener against Calhoun in Merrick.

After three weeks of practice and not knowing who would stay or leave, the Jericho junior varsity football team took the field, led by head coach William Martinez.

The Calhoun squad was impressive, both in physical size and headcount. Jericho started the first quarter with the intensity and heart of a team that had been playing together for years. Marching down the field, led by quarterback Chandler Kirby, they finally scored a goal on a QB off tackle run at the seven minute mark of the first quarter, putting the Jericho Jayhawks on the board. Then, Jake Zorfas scored a completed extra point.

Later in the quarter, Jericho trucked down the field again on a multi-play drive, ending with a successful touchdown pass from Cory Cacciola to make the score 13-0. The extra point had a running into the kicker penalty, which then prompted coach Martinez to go for two. Unfortunately, the conversion was unsuccessful.

With Jericho dominating the first half, Calhoun got the ball back with 1:32 remaining in the half. Calhoun dropped back and threw a 60-yard touchdown pass, which would be their only score of the game. Going into halftime, the Jericho lead was 13- 7.

The third quarter featured much of the same, with Jericho exhibiting fantastic ball control and Chandler Kirby punching in another seven-yard QB keeper to make the score 19-7. Martinez went for the two-pointer by trying to loft a jump ball to 6’3” Noah White in the end zone, which appeared to the crowd to be a pass interference call, however the call was not made, and the attempt failed.

The fourth quarter was dominated by the Jayhawks, who kept the ball in their possession and ran down the field, eating up the remaining time on the clock. Kirby scored with his third rushing touchdown with only 2:30 left in the game, and solidified the win for Jericho. The final score was 25-7.

With the whole team contributing to the win, some ninth- and 10th-graders who indeed deserve some honorable mention are Greene, Jaggi, and Narang.

Junior Varsity football fans, don’t forget to come down and cheer on the Jericho Jayhawks at their second game at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 at home.