BY CIRCUIT STAFF
The JV football team finally got its first win of the season against district rivals Western High on Oct. 15 after a three-game losing streak and a 21-7 loss to the Flanagan Falcons on Oct. 8.
In the first win, the boys defeatied the Wildcats 14-13. The defense controlled the game, which was decided in the fourth quarter when freshman MLB Jonathan Tariche blocked an extra point attempt, which would have tied the game and forced the Lighting to quickly score again in order to win.
“We played a great first half defensively but we were unable to finish in the second half. The game came down to about two plays on which we blew our coverage and it almost cost us but luckily our middle linebacker blocked the PAT and got us the win,” Coach Forgatsch said. “It was a good win but there is a lot of room for improvement.”
At the Flanagan game the previous week, the Falcons were in charge for the first half, scoring two touchdowns and converting on two extra points. But after halftime, the Lightning quickly turned the game around.
“I think we played really well,” sophomore wide receiver Amadeo Ibarra said. “It’s all about attitude, and we all have to get a winning one.”
In the second half, the Falcons went three-and-out, which forced them to punt. The Lightning took advantage of this opportunity and blocked the punt. Two plays later the Lightning capped off the drive with a touchdown and converted on an extra point.
“We played okay during the first half but in the second half we played better,” sophomore MLB Justin Shannon said. “We just need to work on reading plays better and working together as a team.”
The first Lightning touchdown was just the first of good things to come for the Lightning. On the kickoff, the Lightning kicked an onside kick and recovered. They tried to reach the end zone on that drive but failed and were forced to punt the ball away.
After that the Lightning couldn’t get anything going until late in the fourth. With two minutes left the Lightning tried to go for the tie game. On third down the Lightning tried a QB sneak which was stripped by the Falcons and taken back for a Flanagan TD making the score 21-7 with under 30 seconds remaining.
Sophomore Eric Schultz said that even though the team lost that one, he thinks they played pretty well. He said the team started off slow but they made a good comeback in the second half but it wasn’t good enough to win the game.
The JV team will take the field again on Wednesday, Oct. 22 away against Cooper City. After that, there will be one more game this season.