Friday, 15 October 2010 00:00
The Jericho Jawhawks kept the ball rolling and the defense defending against the Great Neck South Rebels on the weekend of Oct. 2. The dominating defense held the Rebels to only two points, which were scored on a safety late in the fourth quarter. The offense continued to put up the points, averaging over 28 points per game.
Great Neck South started on their own 35-yard line only to fumble on the second play of the game, and turned it right over to the Jayhawks. Chandler Kirby took the helm and started right where the team left off the previous week and kept the offense rolling. On the third play of the offensive drive Kirby ran left, and bolted into the end zone for a 22-yard run to score the first touchdown. With less than a minute into the game, it was 7-0.
The Rebels could not move the ball against the fierce Jericho defense, which held the opposing team to four and out. The Jayhawks ate up 57 more offensive yards where Jacob Albinder ran it in from the four yard line. A blocked field goal attempt made it 13-0. The Jayhawks defense held the Rebels to another four and out. With the ball back in Kirby’s hands, he dropped back into the pocket and threw a strike to Josh Harris for a 32 yard touchdown to make the score 19-0. Going into the early part of the second quarter Jericho scored again, and ran a fake field goal play where Alec Stearn, the holder, threw a two-yard pass to Harris to make the score 21-0.
Jericho’s defense was impenetrable, led by Jason White, Noah White and Matthew Klang. When the Jayhawks got the ball back it was Kirby to Roth on a screen pass that went for 23 yards for the score, and the extra point was good, bringing the score to 28-0.
The afternoon game was plagued by fumbles from both teams, however with time running out in the first half, Noah White got to the punter and threw him down at the 24 yard line, where time ran out in the first half.
The second half saw some new offensive linemen including Jordan Peykar, Akarsh Narang, Joseph Velotti and Dylan Guo who had some big shoes to fill, and they did. With the third quarter coming to the end and the Rebels facing a fourth and four yards to go for the first down, cornerback Jeffrey Wang came up and made a great open field tackle. However, the Rebels had gotten their first first down of the game.
Ian Greene came in at quarterback where he found some holes of his own to run through and kept the ball moving. Unfortunately, with time running out of the game, Greene had what looked like an off-tackle run, but this time there was no hole to find, and Greene got put down in the end zone for a safety. The final score was 28-2.
This Jericho team is showing such poise, control and teamwork, that fans can just feel the excitement in the stands and on the field.
On Friday, Oct. 8 the Jayhawks played Westbury and won the game 38-6, bringing their record to 5-0.
On Westbury’s first play from scrimmage, Jason White caused a fumble that was recovered by Kirby. After four consecutive runs by Albinder to start the first drive, it ended with a seven-yard touchdown due to Klang and Noah White opening the hole and paving the way to the end zone. Kirby converted on the two-point conversion following Marc Capogna as he crossed the goal line.
On the ensuing kickoff, Michael Greenberg laid into the Westbury return man causing a fumble and recovered, giving Jericho excellent field position on Westbury’s 37- yard-line. After an excellent 20-yard run by Harris that brought the Jericho offense to the one yard line, Kirby scored a one yard touchdown with only 1:26 off the clock. Fried, as substitute for the starting kicker, converted the extra point kick to give Jericho a 15-0 lead.
After a quick Westbury three and out, Jericho again found the end zone when Albinder scored a 30-yard touchdown off the blocking of Kevin Zhao. Fried again lined up for the extra point, which was good.
After another first quarter three and out, Harris returned a 45-yard-punt for a touchdown, Jericho’s last touchdown for the first quarter. After the Fried kick that was good, the score at the end of the first quarter was 29-0 Jericho.
The last touchdown was scored in the second quarter after Noah White’s spectacular one-handed interception. White then ran down the sideline, alluding would-be tacklers for a 57-yard touchdown giving Jericho its last points of the night. This interception, as well as other outstanding performances by Narang, Zach Danzinger, Velotti, Matthew Chun, and Wang led a Jericho defense that only allowed a fourth quarter touchdown. The Jayhawks won again, 36-8. Congratulations to the Jericho JV football team.
Please come and support the team at their next game at home on Monday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m.