By Chris Zadorozny
When Allen Park takes the field every week, they have one player they can always count on to give them a spark. Junior running back Manny Andrade is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound wrecking ball in the backfield and each defensive line he comes to, he powers past it.
That’s exactly what he did to the Kennedy Eagles, and stole the show on Friday night. He helped spoil the Eagles’ homecoming game, scoring five touchdowns in a 49-8 blowout win for the Jaguars.
The game didn’t start out horribly for the Eagles, though.
They started the game on offense at midfield, and advanced all the way down to the Allen Park 20-yard line. The drive was halted by an interception thrown by senior quarterback Dayne Nundley in the end zone resulted.
The Jags turned the turnover into points
The Jaguars started out at their own 21-yard line, and it only took them four plays to reach the end zone. Andrade took an easy two-yard run into the end zone, and also scored the two-point conversion to put the Jaguars up 8-0 with just 6:38 to go in the first quarter.
An onside kick caught the Eagles off-guard and the Jaguars turned that into points as well.
This time, starting at the Kennedy 45-yard line, it only took the Jaguars five plays this time to find the end zone, once again, capping the drive with a two-yard run by Andrade, his second of the night. Just like that it was 15-0 with five minutes left in the first quarter. “(Andrade’s) confidence is real high right now,” said Jags coach Tom Hoover.
The Jaguars recovered another onside kick, but this time it was a quick four and out thanks to some stops by the Eagles defense. The Eagles’ offense wasn’t there though, as their starting quarterback for the season, junior Andia Marsh was injured earlier in the season, and hasn’t played in three weeks.
It was a quick four and out for the Eagles, and on the very next drive for the Jaguars, they scored again. This time, sophomore Nate Berrelez found the end zone on a three-yard run, capping a quick four-play drive that took only 1:39. At the end of the first quarter, it was 22-0 Allen Park.
Kennedy used the short break between quarters and regrouped.
They scored on their first drive of the second quarter, just three plays in, thanks in part to a couple of penalties on the Jaguars. Nundley found Marsh for a 15-yard touchdown reception just 15 seconds in and the Eagles were right back in it, down just two touchdowns after a successful two-point conversion.
The Eagles’ defense needed to come out strong on the Jaguars next drive, but Allen Park and Andrade proved to be too strong. Andrade found the end zone on an 11-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the drive. Only 1:20 into the second quarter, it was now a 20-point lead for the Jaguars.
It was back-and-forth play for a bit during the rest of the second quarter, until the Jaguars had the ball with 5:29 left in the first half. Three plays into the drive, senior quarterback Nick Fulton found Andrade for a 39-yard touchdown reception.
At the end of the first half, Allen Park was up 35-8.
Junior running back Thomas Sirhan found open field and ran 12-yards into the end zone for the touchdown. Now up 49-8, it was all but over. That’s when Hoover put in the rest of his squad.
“Everybody got to play, I was happy about that,” said Hoover.
The Eagles couldn’t get much going the rest of the game. One of the positives that Kennedy Coach Paul Nappo took out of the game was that Marsh played for the Eagles, his first action in three weeks.
“He’s my starting quarterback but he can’t throw right now so I put him at receiver,” said Nappo.
Overall, the Jaguars finished with 16 first downs, nearly 1,000 total yards of offense, with much of that on the ground. Fulton was 14-for-19 with 190 yards and two touchdowns.
Andrade had 11 carries for 85 yards and three touchdowns, while he also added two receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
As for the Eagles, Nundley was 9-for-20 for 90 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while Marsh had five receptions for 52 yards in his return.
Next week, the Jaguars welcome Truman for their homecoming.
“We’ve got our hands full with Truman next week,” said Hoover.
Meanwhile, the Eagles travel to Lincoln Park to take on the Railsplitters.
“We had a war last year at Lincoln Park and I’m sure it’s gonna be the same one this week,” said Nappo.
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