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Port Jervis High School
"Port Pride!!"

A Ringing Defeat

 

United States Marines were on hand for the coin toss prior to the start of the historic Port - Middletown Football Game.  The Middies won big, 42-0.

Port Jervis Outmatched by Powerful Middletown Team

Taking a loss in this Yearly Rivalry

 - by Harry Tomasi 

Sept. 9, 2016, Faller Field, Middletown, NY It was a night where little went right for Port Jervis.  The Raiders knew they had their work cut out for them against Middletown, their most historic rival.  Victory in this game included bragging rights and possession of the Erie Bell.

Port Jervis faced a Middletown team stacked with seniors led by running back Jordan Bryan, a future Division One athlete.  Port struggled to get and keep possession of the ball throughout the game. The final score was 42-0, handing the Raiders their third straight loss in the Bell Game.

The Raiders could do little to stop the Middletown offence, especially on the ground.  The Middies rushed for 509 yards, Bryan netting 316 yards himself on 22 carries.

The game started well for Port Jervis as Abner Padin picked off Middies QB Shane Rosa on the Raiders 44 yard line. The Raiders moved the ball to the Middletown 40 yard line before turning it over on downs. With the ball back, the Middies went to work.  A drive of six plays covered 78 yards, capped off by a pretty score from RB Alex Galarza from 38 yards.  Middletown's kicker TaJ Ali had no trouble completing his first of 4 extra points. The talented player also scored a rushing touchdown in the 4th quarter giving his team and family an extra thrill by completing the follow-up extra point to boot. 

Enough about the Middies, they played a great game, but let’s look at some of the Port highlights.  Raider Abner Padin had a good defensive game with an interception, and a fumble recovery.  Shamiek Washington and Rabelle Sheppard paced the Raiders, each with 12 yards rushing.  Wide receiver Erik Raefski led at Port receivers snagging 4 catches for 39 yards.

Senior QB Jake Stanzl was 9 of 14 for 51 yards.  His backup, junior Brandon Roesch connected on 7 passes, going for 51 yards.

Next up, the Raiders will be away in Saugerties Saturday, as they get back into division play.  I do send my thoughts and best wishes out to Nick James, who left the game injured.  Get well soon.