Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00
It was a sunny Saturday morning, and the stands were filling up. The word seems to be getting out that the Jericho JV football team is not just another after school sports team. The boys have been working hard and putting in their time on the practice field, and so far, it seems to be paying off. The Jayhawks are 3-0 so far this season.
The game began in the same fashion as the first two games. Leading the offense, Chandler Kirby commandeered the team with two of his own touchdowns as the Jericho Jayhawks beat the New Hyde Park Gladiators 27-22. The Jayhawks also had three touchdowns in the game called back due to offensive penalties.
The first punt of the game, by Jake Zorfas, sailed high in the air and the Gladiators’ receiver waived his hand for a fair catch. The opposing team could not handle the high spiral, and fumbled the catch. Jericho recovered the ball and scored on a four-yard run, the first of Kirby’s touchdowns.
The Gladiators started on the 20-yard line after a touch back on the kick off. The Gladiators had an impressive drive, which ended up with a Quarterback sneak to tie the score 7-7. On the ensuing kickoff, the Jayhawk’s Josh Harris ran off 20 yards on the return to start the offense off on the 35-yard line. Chandler then handed the ball off to Jacob Albinder, who found a small opening in the middle of the field and succeeded with a 60-yard touch down run. The defense kept up the good work, and stopped the Gladiators from getting the ball back with less than three minutes left in the first half.
Kirby dropped back and launched a 45-yard pass to Cory Caccioa to bring the ball to the Gladiators’ 30-yard line. Jericho could not convert another first down. The team called upon Zorfas to attempt a 43-yard field goal, which came up just a little short. With time running out, the Gladiators took over and Ian Greene made an open field tackle to end the first half with the score Jayhawks 14, Gladiators 7.
The Gladiators started the second half by going three and out and punting to the Jayhawks, where Josh Harris had a nice 30-yard return, however it was called back due to a holding call against Jericho. The Jayhawks could not move the ball, and were forced to punt. The Gladiators scored again to tie the score at 14-14. Attendees could feel the tension in the stands, as the crowd was really getting into the battle between the two teams.
Due to an offensive penalty, Jericho had a third touchdown called back, and the ball was placed on the 12-yard line. At this point, the coach went to the playbook, pulled out one of his trick plays, and called on Greene to perform the wide receiver reverse pass to Cory Cacciola, resulting in another touchdown. A blocked field goal made the score 20-14.
On the next defensive stand, Greene made an interception to stop the Gladiators drive. The Jayhawks got the ball back and were driving when Kirby took the ball from the center, found a small hole, and like a bullet shot from a gun, sprinted 33 yards for his second touchdown of the day, making the score 27-14.
Both teams played their hearts out as the temperature rose. Just when spectators thought that the veritable chess match between the two teams was over, the Gladiators came back scored again, and made the two point conversion to make the score 27-22. The Jayhawk’s went three and out, and time ran out on the Gladiators’ drive.
Once again, the Jayhawks pulled together, dug deep and proceeded to pull out their third consecutive win. Come support the JV football team at their next game on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 9:15 a.m. at Great Neck South High School.