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Jackson 8A’s strong defense shuts out Queens 18-0

September 25, 2018

There’s good defensive performances and then there’s great defensive performances.

Monday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson Intermediate School’s eighth-grade A football team enjoyed a great defensive performance.

The Wildcats intercepted three Queens passes, recovered two fumbles and notched four quarterback sacks as Jackson rolled to an 18-0 victory over the Hornets.

Two of the five turnovers set up Jackson scores as the Wildcats had no trouble protecting a shaky 6-0 halftime advantage.

Alexsander Luna, who scored two of Jackson’s three touchdowns, was also responsible for one of the interceptions, picking off a pass in the third quarter, shortly after Luna had rambled 25 yards with 5:52 left to make it 12-0.

Then when Queens coughed up the ball deep in its own territory, a loose ball that Caleb Chavez recovered, Luna scored his second touchdown from a short distance out with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter.

Despite running more offensive plays than Jackson in the first half, the Hornets had nothing to show for it.

But the Wildcats did as the team marched 41 yards in four plays for their 6-0 intermission lead. Luna ran for gains of 13 and 21 yards before Alegny Rodriguez, with 2:11 left in the first half, scored from a yard out.

It was during Queens’ next possession that Jackson’s defense recorded three sacks, resulting in a loss of 22 yards.

Also intercepting passes was the duo of Jordan Flores and Kevin Quiroz. Florez picked off his pass in the second quarter and Quiroz in the fourth.

With just a little imagination, Jackson could have had anywhere from four to six interceptions on the night.

Both offenses were hurt by a parade of first-half penalties. Queens was flagged four times for 35 yards and Jackson was penalized four times for 45 yards. A pair of offsetting penalties during Jackson’s first scoring drive threatened to detour that touchdown because it wiped out a dandy run within the shadow of the end zone.

Next Monday, Queens will host San Jacinto and Jackson will host Park View.

QUEENS 8B DEFEATS JACKSON 27-18

Despite Jackson Intermediate’s Jesus Limas rushing for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns, Queens roared out to a 27-6 lead before holding on for the victory.

The Hornets improved to 2-0 for the season.

After Limas got the Wildcats within 13-6, Angel Gomez went on a 50-yard touchdown run with 6:58 left in the first half, while on the other side of halftime, Noah Recio was scoring the team’s fourth touchdown with a six-yard run.

Rene Jaime’s two-point conversion kick upped the lead to 27-6 with 5:21 remaining in the third.

That’s when Limas reserved the game’s final 15 minutes to rush for 117 yards on 10 carries. His longest was a 53-yard scamper that kicked off an eight-play scoring drive, creating the final score with 1:57 left in the game.

Also playing well for the Hornets was Carlos Beltran and Jesus Reyna.

ravery@hcnonline.com

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