Grace King shuts out Haynes to win jamboree

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Grace King shuts out Haynes to win jamboree

Dralon Bridges attempts to break a tackle.

Dralon Bridges attempts to break a tackle.

Photo by: Daria Pryshchepa

Dralon Bridges attempts to break a tackle.

Photo by: Daria Pryshchepa

Photo by: Daria Pryshchepa

Dralon Bridges attempts to break a tackle.

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For the second year in a row, Grace King shutout Haynes in the fall jamboree 26-0.

Points were hard to come by in the first half as both teams traded possession of the ball by punts. But with a dozen seconds remaining, the Fighting Irish drive was completed with a 5-yard touchdown scramble by quarterback De’Yonce Baptiste and the team went into halftime with a 6-0 lead. Of the pass play that turned into his touchdown run Batiste said, “I saw nobody came down on me and I just had the open lane.”

Early in the second half, Dralon Bridges ran 21 yards along the home sideline for the second score of the day and increased the Irish lead to 12 points. He credited his offensive line for his big and added that “we came out better in the second half.”

Four minutes later, Edy Moncada intercepted a pass that gave Grace King a new drive in Haynes territory. After the game, Moncada said, “I’ve been watching film and the formation, it was easier to recognize and then as soon as I saw it I just jumped in front of it.” This eventually set up Edgar Vado for a 1-yard touchdown run. “I saw the hole open and the lineman did what they were supposed to do and I just ran up through the gap,” Vado recounted. Roberto Ronquillo’s successful extra point made the score 19-0.

Later, Haynes attempted to punt, but a strong rush from the outside allowed Francisco Espinoza to block the punt. He then scooped up the loose ball, pitched it to another teammate who ran it into the endzone for the team’s final score of the day.

With just a couple minutes remaining in the jamboree, Haynes held on to the ball and drove deep into Irish territory, but ended up turning over the ball on downs.

After the game, head coach Bryant Holmes addressed the team’s slow start. “We came out a little lax which is to be expected. The kids’ first game is kind of rusty, working out the jitters. But overall, I liked the effort.”

The Fighting Irish will face Riverdale next Thursday to officially open the regular season, a game they lost last year 38-6. This year, Coach Holmes would like to see his team “maintain intensity from start to finish.” He added, “I can’t wait for this season to get kicked off. Just seeing these kids excited, to have success, it touches my heart. I’m excited about the success we’re going to have.”

Next game: Grace King (0-0) vs. Riverdale (0-0)

– Thursday, August 30, 630pm at East Jefferson