CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Early on in last Friday’s match-up between 1-0 teams, visiting Hen Hud wasted no time in moving the chains on John Jay, picking up a first down on just the third play of the game.
But the Sailors’ offense was soon lost at sea. When they finally resurfaced in the third quarter, the Indians had a 34-0 lead.
John Jay scored their first touchdown of the night on their first offensive play from scrimmage. Max Miraglia took the hand off at the John Jay 12, turned the corner and, after a few jukes into the Hen Hud secondary, the end zone was in sight.
A quick three-and-out from the John Jay defense set the table for another offensive score.
Quarterback Luke Mercer connected on a couple of screen plays to Ben Bartley Cohen and Miraglia, which got the Indians to midfield.
The short, high percentage passes were game planned for Mercer, who was held to just 15 yards passing in the 42-21 opening night victory over Our Lady of Lourdes.
“We wanted to build him up early on and get him going,” said Head Coach Jimmy Clark.
Completions over the middle to Ian Gallagher and Ryan Brennan put John Jay at the 12. A change of pace was in order on the next play, when Mercer faked the handoff and burst through the line, extending the Indian lead to 14 with 3:28 left in the first.
Touchdown runs of 47 and 54 yards helped tally 113 rushing yards for Mercer and allowed John Jay to explode to a 34-0 lead with 8 minutes remaining in the half.
“It felt pretty good,” Mercer said. “But I couldn’t do it without my line. They really killed it out there tonight.”
In between Mercer’s scores, Miraglia added a 51-yard touchdown run to his night.
Clark and John Jay welcomed the easy night.
“It’s a nice win,” the coach said. “We had a good week of practice; they executed and took care of business.”
Brewster (2-0) is next up on the road for the Indians. They play at 7 p.m. Friday.