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Wednesday, April 5th, 2023              

Junior Varsity Game #9

6:15pm
Riverview High School - Riverview 1st 2nd 3rd 4th / Final
Riverview Lady Sharks 0 0 0 0
Lennard Longhorns 6 13 19 19

 

Although the varsity team would be taking on the Spoto Spartans tonight, that school doesn't have enough players to field a JV team as well, so Jayden and her Riverview Lady Sharks JV teammates would have to settle for a rematch against the Lennard Longhorns, whom they lost 31-6 back on March 7th. Although this game didn't go the way that the Sharks players and fans would have liked, it was a least a closer contest than that game.

The Longhorns got the ball to start, and they marched down the field on a long, methodical drive that resulted in the first touchdown of the game. Lennard missed the pass on their extra point attempt, so the score would be 6-0 in favor of the Longhorns. Riverview would take possession of the ball, but promptly went three and out after a bad snap set them back 10 yards. Their next two pass attempts were succesful, but they couldn't make up the lost ground and would have to punt the ball away. Lennard got the ball back in the first quarter, but it would come to an end after a single play, as they would continue their drive in the second period. After a personal foul penalty against the Sharks moved the Longhorns to just shy of midfield, they would turn the ball over on downs thanks to three straight incomplete passes. The next Shark drive wasn't a good one, as they would throw an incomplete pass before throwing a bad interception. Lennard would take advantage of their excellent field position, scoring on a running play on their first play from scrimmage to make a 12-0 game. A successful pass on their extra point attempt made it a 13-0 score. Riverview would take over possession of the football, but couldn't drive past midfield once again, and would wind up punting the ball away. Riverview would end the next Lennard possession by snagging an interception of their own, for their first of the game. Unfortunately for the Sharks, time would run out on the half while they were driving down the field, ending the half down by a 13-0 score.

Riverview got the ball to start the second half, and they had some success, picking up a first down before being forced to settle for another punt. Unfortunately, their punt was blocked (the first time I've seen that in flag football, since there is no rush!). Lennard took over with good field position, and they ran four straight positive yardage plays that resulted in their third touchdown of the game. They weren't successful on their extra point attempt, so the score would be 19-0. Riverview would take over possession as the third quarter wound down, and would maintain it into the early part of the fourth. Though they managed to move the ball a bit, another interception would halt their momentum. Lennard got the ball near midfield, but Riverview answered back with an interception of their own on the first play of the drive to take the ball back. The ensuing Sharks drive started off with a first down on their first play, but their second play resulted in yet another interception. Once again the Longhorns started near midfield, and they too picked up a first down on their first play, but they matched Riverview by throwing another interception on their second play. It seems nobody wanted the ball at this point! Riverview took over just shy of midfield themselves, but once again their drive was halted before it could pick up steam thanks to yet another interception. The Longhorns would run out the clock, ending the game with the score still 19-0 in their favor.

 

Junior Varsity Flag Football Game #9 - Riverview Lady Sharks vs. Lennard Longhorns


 

Jayden spend today's game as the rusher, going after the quarterback on every play she could.

 
 

Jay trying to split two Longhorns defenders...

 
 

...and taking a hip-check from one of them...

 
 

...but fighting her way through it.

 
 

Jay lined up for another blitz attempt.

 
 

Jay making her way towards the Lennard quarterback...

 
 

...and just coming up short on pulling her flags.

 
 

Jay chasing down the Lennard QB on a running play.

 
 

Jay getting the jump across the line of scrimmage...

 
 

...and pressuring the quarterback...

 
 

...but once again just coming up short on grabbing her flags.

 
 

Jayden making her way to the quarterback...

 
 

...and being challenged by a Longhorns blocker...

 
 

...but finding her way past...

 
 

...before taking some contact...

 
 

...and reaching for the quarterback...

 
 

...but not quite reaching the flags in time.

 
 

Jay on another pass rush.

 
 

Jay looking towards the sideline before the play gets underway.

 
 

Jayden closing in on the quarterback...

 
 

...and trying to get past the blocker...

 
 

...before being taken to the ground...

 
 

...as the ball was released...

 
 

...and - worst of all - Jay was called for a penalty on this play!

 

 

Here is the pass rush from the last few photos in gif form. I just can't see how Jayden was called for a penalty on this. If anything, I thought (and a lot of the Sharks parents and fans agreed) that the Lennard player should have gotten the penalty flag. Alas, it wasn't meant to be, and Jay even got an earful from the coaches on the sideline for taking the penalty, which seemed utterly ridiculous to me!
 

Jayden's Takedown


   
 

Tell me why Jayden got a penalty for this!

 


 

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