Hudson Valley Sports Report

JOHN JAY KICKS OFF WITH A VICTORY

Patriots Hammer Port Chester To Start The Season

WICCOPEE – They haven’t known a losing high school football season in the metropolis of Wiccopee since 2005, which would make most of the players on the current John Jay team a year or two old at the time – and, for some of them, still just a gleam in their parents’ eyes.

Nothing changed, at least in the opening game of the 2021 season on Friday night.

The Patriots were overwhelming at home, particularly on defense, as they shut out Port Chester 28-0 in the season opener for both teams.

Jake Vanderoef opened the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown pass to Mason Payton for the first points of the season.

Early in the second quarter, Vanderoef threw a seven-yard strike to Martin Martini.

Brady Feliciotto scored the third touchdown with a rushing score right before the half, and Jay concluded the scoring with another Vanderoef to Payton pass, this for 45 yards.

But that defense, though.

“Defensively I thought we died a great job against an option team,” Jay coach Tom O’Hare said.

Jordan Goodman anchored the defensive line as Jay limited Port Chester’s interior run. Not bad for a group that replaced nine of 11 starters.

“For a young group to be so serious about football is amazing,” O’Hare said. “I’m very pleased with the progress.”

The Patriots take a giant leap up next with a road game against perennial sectional champ New Rochelle in a crossover.

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