East Central dominates Jay
East Central Hornet Caid Franckowiak completes a 1-yard touchdown run against the John Jay Mustangs.
East Central 31, John Jay 10
SAN ANTONIO -- If you need an example of how to dominate a game, use the clock to your advantage, and physically wear down a team, watch the East Central Hornets’ victory over the John Jay Mustangs last Friday night in San Antonio. The Hornets ran the ball 50 times, averaged 5 yards per carry en route to 250 total rushing yards, and picked up 18 first downs. East Central’s defense was also punishing throughout the night, holding the Mustangs to just 77 rushing yards and 85 passing yards, while also recovering four fumbles and scoring 6 points for the Hornets.
It wasn’t all roses for East Central, but the Hornets stuck with their game plan and it paid dividends over the course of four 12-minute quarters.
The first score of the game came courtesy of Chris Armstrong, the Hornets’ four-year varsity letterman at tailback. Armstrong showed his breakaway speed en route to a 56-yard touchdown run, and put East Central up 6-0. The extra-point attempt failed, but the Hornets had the early lead.
Jay came down the field on its next possession and put a few points on the board with a 23-yard field goal. It cut the Hornet lead in half, and made things a bit more tense for the fans in black and gold.
Midway through the second quarter, the Mustangs capped off a scoring drive with a 1-yard dive into the end zone. The point-after kick was good, and John Jay led East Central 10-6. The celebration would be short-lived, however.
East Central went back to work on offense and found itself deep in Mustang territory. The ball was put into the hands of Caid Franckowiak at the 2-yard line, and the junior found the end zone for 6 points and the Hornet lead. East Central went for 2 points on the conversion, but came up short, leaving the game at 12-10 in favor of the Hornets.
With time winding down in the half, the East Central defense came up with a big stop back in Jay territory. The Mustangs were forced to punt the ball with about 30 seconds on the clock, but weren’t prepared to deal with the speed of Dustin Toscano. Toscano found running room and sprinted past the John Jay punting team for 62 yards and a touchdown. After another failed 2-point conversion attempt, the halftime score stood at 18-10.
Both teams were held out of the end zone in the third quarter, but East Central continued to wear down the Mustang defense, and it paid dividends midway through the fourth quarter as Armstrong scored his second touchdown of the night. With the score now 24-10, the Hornets continued working the clock, and controlled the game throughout.
The defense held Jay at bay, and came up with a great play in the closing seconds of the game. The Mustangs committed their fourth fumble of the game, and the ball made its way into the hands of junior cornerback Russell Brown. Brown ran 31 yards for a touchdown, and helped seal the 31-10 victory. Wanya Ward added the extra point.
Armstrong led all rushers with 163 yards on 27 carries. Javion Polk had seven carries for 42 yards, and Ward had a carry for 12 yards. Quarterback Christian Jones completed 9 of 11 passes for 81 yards, while brother Jeremy completed 2 of 3 passing attempts for 24. Brett Casey was the Hornets’ leading receiver of the night with four grabs for 45 yards, followed by Toscano with two catches for 35 yards. Miguel Garcia, Orlando Acevedo, Armstrong, and Jermaine Dotson also had catches on the night.
East Central will be at home this week, as the team breaks in the new turf in Hornet Stadium against Marshall High School. The game is set to start at 7:30 p.m.