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Patriots’ Defense Shuts Down Arlington In Critical League Game

By Mark Viklund
Special to HVSR

FREEDOM PLAINS – Defense was always going to win this one, it was just a matter of which team was that much stronger.

John Jay High School, proving that it’s D that hadn’t allowed a point in the first two games was no fluke, was one touchdown stronger.

The Patriots snapped a two-game losing streak to the two-time defending league champions, and went into a hostile environment and beat Arlington, 14-7, on Friday night in a critical league showdown.

John Jay is now 3-0 overall and in the league, and controls its own destiny the rest of the way.

The Patriots were tied with Arlington – but now essentially holds a two-game lead over the Admirals with the head-to-head victory – and with Ketcham, but the Indians lost their first game of the year to Carmel.

“There is still a lot in store for the rest of the season,” John Jay coach Tom O’Hare said. “This is an exciting group and I think it is going to be a great year.”

Arlington came out looking very strong in the first quarter. On John Jay’s first offensive drive, the Admirals; Kwincey Pease intercepted the first pass of the game. The very next play, QB Xavier Powell found Nick Cesark on a long fade route that led to a 53-yard touchdown, giving Arlington the early 7-0 lead. The rest of the half was a defensive battle on both sides.

After a scoreless first half from John Jay, QB Joe Milici made a beautiful 32-yard pass to a wide open Michael Blanchard in the end zone, putting John Jay’s first points on the board and tying the game at 7 with 4:35 to go in the third quarter.

Later in the half, Milici threw a clutch 35-yard completion, which set up Luke Mahon’s 3-yard scoring run at the very beginning of the fourth quarter, giving John Jay their first lead of the game at 14-7. John Jay’s defense would hold on the rest of the way and secure the victory.

“When asked about the offensive surge coming out of halftime, Blanchard said, “We weren’t going to stop, that’s about it. No one can stop us. We worked our butts off all week, if practice was supposed to end at 8 we worked until 9. No one on our team has a problem with that because look at the results. Arlington is a great team, but we came out with the W.”

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