By Connor Bevan
In front of a full house at Thompson Field, Alameda shutout Encinal 38-0 in a junior varsity edition of the Island Bowl on Oct. 3. Despite the victory, the game was overshadowed by the suspensions handed out to the Jets as a result of a brawl in the previous game.
The Hornets were in control from the start. Halfbacks Adam Joo and Kemane Walker, sophomores, set the tone in the first quarter by breaking off consistent gains.
Encinal’s offense couldn’t muster anything in the face of a punishing Alameda defensive line. Defensive end Logan Anderson, sophomore, hurried Encinal’s quarterback all game before recovering a fumble to seal the game early in the fourth quarter.
The game was rescheduled to 6 p.m. to replace the cancelled varsity game. Though the Alameda varsity team celebrated the win in the stands, many were frustrated about not being able to participate in the 60-year old cross-town rivalry.
“[The game] was taken away from us,” quarterback and defensive end James Choi, senior, said. “It’s not fair in the sense that it impacts us.”
Encinal lost the game via forfeit to Alameda, ending a seven-year winning streak. Despite the general animosity about the outcome, most players thought Encinal’s punishment fair.
“They’re not being punished if you let us play. We just have to support JV,” cornerback Derrick Dizon, senior, said.