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Sussex, NJ – The Jefferson Falcons defeated he High Point Wildcats Friday night with a score of 10-6. It was the season and home opener for the Wildcats and Jefferson’s second game looking to get back on track, and yet again defense was the story.

After a couple of punts in the first quarter, the Wildcats began the scoring with a short rushing touchdown from junior Travis Tallamy. However, the missed extra point kept the score at 6-0 Wildcats.

That score would hold up for a couple drives until junior Jefferson quarterback Matthew Johnson connected to junior wide receiver David Hanna for a 25-yard touchdown, and Johnson would also add the extra point to put the Falcons in front 7-6.

The score would remain 7-6 until the 4th quarter when the Falcons marched down the field on their first drive of the quarter. However, the Wildcats defense would eventually hold up, only allowing a field goal. High Point would get two more opportunities to add points, but the Falcon defense led by senior defensemen Tyler Cole and Justin Randzio would keep the score at 10-6, which would be the final score in this Falcon win.

“We’ve been stressing defense for so long, and I think it’s really good now. We are playing together and things are looking good now.” said senior linebacker Justin Randzio on how the defense has played the last two games. “As a senior, it’s always nice to get the first win, and especially with my teammates and the guys around me helping out and listening it feels amazing.”

“It feels great, the defense held High Point to just 6 points, and the offense got enough done to get the win tonight.” said junior quarterback Matthew Johnson on his first varsity win. “It was a tough week for us, we battled adversity all week, but we came out on the road needing a big win tonight and we got it.”

Head Coach Venturino also spoke about the teams first win, “A great feeling to get the first win against a real tough High Point team on the road. Coach Delany gets his team ready to play every week, and we’ve had a lot of great games against them the last three years. We have had a lot of adversity this week with injuries and some other issues and it feels great. And our kids showed a lot of character to fight through everything and get the win is fantastic.”

High Point goes to face North Warren next week seeking their first win this season. As the Falcons, they look to continue their fiery defense at home against Mount Olive next week.

Box Score

Jefferson 0 7 0 3 10
High Point 6 0 0 0 6

1st: High Point: Jake Liscinsky 1 run (kick failed)
2nd: Jefferson: David Hanna 22 pass from Matthew Johnson (kick)
4th: Jefferson: FG Matthew Johnson

Johnny Knox is an intern at Morris Sussex Sports specializing in sports journalism. He's also a junior at Jefferson HS where he is also a varsity baseball player.

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