CLARK, NJ - Arthur L. Johnson’s Varsity football team won its first game in three matches over Spotswood (35-13), on October 26. The game was held at ALJ High School starting at 7 p.m. The game also marked the football team’s annual Pink Out game which is held to raise awareness for breast cancer. The boys along with the crowd were all dressed in pink to show their support for the cause.
The already packed evening also included "Senior Night" acknowledgments. Senior banners were hung along the bleachers with a picture of each individual senior, along with their name and jersey number.
The ceremony began at 6:45, with every senior football player and cheerleader individually walking out to the field with their parents, siblings, and other family members.
Once the game began, the bleachers were filled with pink. A banner created by Johnson senior Bailey Rosenmeier read, “Think Pink”. The banner had a pink ribbon with the words ‘No one fights alone.’
“This is a very powerful statement chosen by our SMAC club this year,” said vice principal Ed Bucior, “we are one community, one unit, one family at Johnson.”
After the senior ceremony the game got underway. Johnson came out hungry, as they looked strong in both their pass and rush game. Sophomore quarterback, Joseph Greenbush completed 4 of his 6 passes for 41 yards. Greenbush, also connected with Senior Vito Galluzzo for a 26-yard touchdown.
Spotswood had a hard time stopping Senior Sebastian Iakouchevitch, who had a great rushing game. He carried the ball 23 times for a total of 145 yards. He led the team in rushing yards, along with Junior Evan Parenti, who ran for 61 yards. Parenti, Greenbush, and Iakouchevitch all recorded one touchdown on the night, while Galluzzo recorded two. Special team’s Senior Federico Veltre and Junior Max Carmino, also picked up a two-point conversion each, which extended Johnson’s dominance throughout the game.
The Crusaders defense played extremely well and limited Spotstwood to only 13 points on the night. Veltre picked up two sacks on the night, while Junior Kyle Sachewicz and Veltre led the team in tackles. The win over Spotswood brought Johnson’s record to 3-5. The team was very excited about the win. “Our team came out very strong and put a lot of pressure on Spotswood," said Junior Patrick Johnson. "We were hungry for the win and we were determined to win in front of our home crowd. This win means a lot to us.” Johnson hopes to add another win to their record when they face Rahway in their last regular season game on November 22, at 10:30 a.m.
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Players, Cheerleader and Band Photos Courtesy of Carol DelConte.