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Jets Lose First Island Bowl Since 2015
Jets Lose First Island Bowl Since 2015
Jacob Benaquista, Copy Editor • September 29, 2023
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Jets Lose First Island Bowl Since 2015

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Alejandra Alvarez

With the Jets down 20-0 at halftime and their offense not being able to generate much momentum, it was evident that the Hornets lead would be almost impossible to come back from. Encinal had held the Island Bowl title for the past 6 years, but it was rival Alameda who walked away with the 68th Island Bowl to the tune of 34-0. The Hornets, who only lost by one point last year, put on an extremely strong offensive performance this time around.

“Our main goal was to really just stop their momentum on defense, but we couldn’t,” said the junior running back Alexander Marston. “[At some point] we were really just trying to score back and make something happen.”

The one-sided win for the Hornets was a hard watch for Encinal supporters at Willie Stargell Field. It was a tale of two sides. Alameda (4-0) has given up only 16 total points throughout four games this season while the Jets (1-4) have only scored 3 points in their last three games.

The Hornets’ senior quarterback, Eli Slez, hit three different receivers – Landyn Cole, Will Roizen, and Will Hester – for touchdowns. Along with the strong passing plays, there were also two short rushing touchdowns by Alexander Gonzalez and Deon Bier.

Alameda’s defense only allowed the Jets from possessing the ball one time in Hornet territory. The drive began at the Hornets’ 49-yard line but didn’t progress any further.

“There’s nothing much we can do about it now, the game is over,” said Marston. “We had nothing to do other than keep playing, we still have games left to go in our season.”

“Well, the coaches and the players believe in short term memories. They told us to keep our heads up and to learn – but not linger – on our mistakes so we can focus on the next game and strategize for a win,” added sophomore Keller Johnson.

Several Encinal players had to be removed from the game due to injury and fatigue. The Jets, who only have seven seniors, have many player who need to play both ways. 

“Injuries didn’t have much of an impact on us. In the sport we play, it’s always about the next man up.” said junior Marco Garcia.

The Encinal football program has seen a decline in players in recent years, only being able to field a varsity team during the 2022 and 2023 seasons. The current team fields eight freshmen as their is no JV team to play for. Despite this, the Jets are focused on the future and improving their game one step at a time. 

“Our bye week is definitely a great opportunity for us to improve. During this extra time, we can really focus on the small details that will help us become a better team [after the Island Bowl],” added Garcia.

Encinal faces Berkeley, a league opponent, on the road on October 6.

About the Contributors
Jacob Benaquista, Copy Editor
Jacob Benaquista is a second year publications staff member. He is in the class of 2025 and joined Horizon because he wanted to experience something new and different than normal. Some hobbies he enjoys are playing video games, watching anime, and hanging out with friends.
Izellah Thach, Media Manager
Izellah is a third year publications staff member. She is class of 2024 and rejoined Horizon because she enjoys being able to encapsulate the year's memories into a keepsake for the student body. Some hobbies she enjoys are swimming, hanging out with friends, and traveling. She is part of the school's swim team and DECA marketing club.
Ari is a 3rd year Horizon staff member. She joined Horizon because she enjoys (specifically sports) photography. Some hobbies she enjoys are baking and taking photos of/for her friends.
Remi Langwerwoski, Photography Editor
Remi Langwerowski is a second year publications staff member. She is in 11th grade and joined Horizon because she wanted to get more involved with the school. Some hobbies she enjoys are piano, swimming, and doing daily Duolingo lessons. She is part of the school's water polo and swim team and vice president of the Encinal Naturalist Club.
Alejandra is a first year publications staff member. She is class of 2025 and joined Horizon because she loves photography and design. Some hobbies she enjoy are cooking, baking, and martial arts. She is part of the school’s volleyball and swim teams.
Jonah is second year publications staff member. He is class of 2024 and rejoined Horizon because he loves the supportive, creative community and likes creating  the yearbook. Some hobbies he enjoys are sports and chess. He is the president of the school's chess club and is part of the water polo and baseball team.
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