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Jericho Varsity Football Fights To Make The Playoffs

On Saturday, Oct. 13, “lucky 13,” the Jericho Jayhawks Varsity Football Team took to the gridiron to play the team from Great Neck South (GNS) to stay in playoff contention in the Nassau V division, after coming off another win against Great Neck North.

GNS started the game with a failed onside kickoff attempt where the JayHawks recovered the ball and started their first offensive possession close to midfield. Ian Green, still nursing a thumb injury on his throwing hand, dropped back for a pass on first down that was intercepted by GNS. The Jericho sidelines showed little concern as the defense ran onto the field and stopped GNS.

Jericho dropped back to receive the punt for a short gain. Green lead the offense back onto the field once again and went to reliable running back Josh Harris, who is currently one of the top leading rushers in Nassau County. Harris broke to the left and sprinted 88 yards down the sideline for Jericho’s first score of the game, and the score was Jayhawks 6-0 after a blocked extra point try.

Coach Martinez seemed to be mixing it up a little during the game, leaving the running game and giving Green a chance to throw the ball. Catches by Matthew Nourmand and Alec Stern put Jericho in scoring position for Donovan Condon to break loose for a 11-yard touchdown run. With the extra point blocked again, Jericho went up 12-0 early in the first quarter.

Jericho sits at the top of their division giving up the fewest amount of points defensively, and “lucky 13” was no different. Cory Cacciola had a great defensive play when he jarred the ball loose from the offensive receiver for an incomplete pass. Linebacker Ryan Condon later took a ball away from one of the GNS players for one of Jericho’s turnovers.  

Harris, Indiana Steve and Donovan Condon seemed to have the running game under control, running and chewing up yards in the first half. With time running out in the first half, Green narrowly escaped a sacking attempt to throw a six-yard strike to Harris for yet another Jericho touchdown. Jericho managed to score several more times, going into halftime with a score of 27-0.

GNS held the ball for almost the seven minutes of the third quarter after a long Jericho kick-off to start the second half. The third quarter seemed to be played in the middle of the field and did not feature much movement.

Freshman Chris Rodgers got another chance to line up behind center with 7:30 to go in the game. After a couple of botched snaps, Rodgers ran off a tackle and chewed up 53 yards in what seemed to be another Jericho touchdown, only to be called back for an offensive penalty. As the two teams exchanged punts, GNS found a way into the end zone to post two scores to end the game 27-14.