LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The John Jay Cross River High School football team will have a chance to get back on track when it travels to Horace Greeley for a game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
John Jay will be hungry for a win after a devastating 35-34 loss to Harrison on Friday in which the Indians blew a 34-7 lead in the third quarter. John Jay will face a winless Greeley team that struggled mightily in its last outing.
After a tight 26-24 loss at Brewster in the season opener, the Quakers lost 28-3 to Fox Lane on Friday. Horace Greeley now faces another uphill battle against a powerful John Jay squad.
The Quakers have lost the first two games under new head coach Tim Sullivan, who took over after longtime coach Bill Tribou retired. Tribou mentored Sullivan for many years, and the new coach said several weeks ago that he is “carrying on his work.”
But Greeley’s defense left plenty to be desired against Fox Lane, particularly against the run. The Quakers gave up four rushing touchdowns to three rushers, including one 50-yard touchdown run. Fox Lane’s Chris Manjuck rushed for 117 yards on nine carries, while Chris Johnson ran for 97 yards on 12 carries.
On Saturday, the Quakers will face another challenge in the Indians’ Tyler Keech, one of the best quarterbacks in the section. The senior has shown on multiple occasions this season that he can make a defense suffer with both his arm and his legs.
Keech threw for 164 yards and a touchdown against Harrison on Friday and also ran for 68 yards. In the season opener against Tappan Zee, he rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries.
If John Jay can wear out the Quakers’ defense with the ground game, then the Indians are likely to earn the win and move to 2-1.