On the evening of the 30th of October, with the cold wind rushing through the crowds, the Arthur L. Johnson Crusaders confronted the Hillside Comets in an unlucky loss on “Senior Night”. Little did they realize, it would be the final game of the season. Due to Covid-19 rules and regulations the crowds weren’t as packed and overflowing as they had been in previous years, nevertheless this did not halt nor cease the excitement and motivation the crowd had to offer.
The Friday night started off under the lights, the best type of ambience for an exhilarating football game. With the weather at a low of 35 degrees the crowds bundled up and enjoyed the game.
In a short recap recalling the night, Arthur L. Johnson’s starting quarterback, Joseph Greenbush, gave Johnson (1-3) a 7-0 lead with a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter. Griffin Jones ran for 58 yards on 11 carries and Vincent Pisano made 11 tackles. Greenbush finished with 61 yards on five carries, and William Sasse made 7 tackles. Paul Palmucci ran for a total of 17 yards on 4 carries.
With Hillside down 7-0, Fatir Bell, from Hillside, caught a 30-yard TD pass from Caleb Salters, quarterback. Bell’s 1-yard TD run put Hillside ahead at 12-7. He then added to the lead with a 22-yard TD catch on a Salters pass.
Although the night ended with an unfortunate 39-7 loss, it did not stop the seniors from having a great “Senior Night.” The Johnson Cheerleaders kept the joy and encouragement roaring through the field and the Crusader Marching Band put on an unforgettable performance, spooky themed edition- right on time for Halloween.
Junior Callie Jankauskas said, “Although the outcome of the game wasn’t as expected, it was still a very moving night filled with pure joy and entertainment.”
Even though this article may seem quite late in getting published, it was one of the last events held at ALJ before the second wave, pretty much closed everything down. Even though “Senior night” did not go as planned in the years before, it was just as moving and happy. As all had hoped, Covid-19 did not ruin an amazing night for the seniors, thankfully they now have this night to remember for the rest of their lives. While they may be hanging up their jerseys, they will forever remain Johnson Crusaders.