School has just started for students but the varsity football has been working towards opening night since the offseason.
The Huskies (1-0) came out with huge energy against (0-1) Friday, as they soared on offense and clamped down on defense.
“It was a good start to the season,” Hersey head coach Dragan Teonic said. “I was thrill with the energy.”
After a shaky first possession, the Huskies’ focused on defense, put together a series of first downs and took a 7-0 lead with a touchdown catch by senior David Jackowski.
“We are all best friends here,” senior quarterback Quinn Orlandi said.
Orlandi, who didn’t play last year, said the chemistry is great with Jackowski, in which they connected for two touchdowns and a variety of short and long passes.
The Spartans did tie the game, 7-7, at the beginning of the second quarter with a lateral trick play by senior Grant Rushing.
The Huskies’, however, would score three more times in the first half, including two touchdowns by Orlandi running on quarterback-keeper plays, taking a 28-13 lead into the locker room.
Senior Tommy Senft would put the last points for the Spartans on the scoreboard in the second quarter, as he caught a 12-yard pass for a touchdown from junior A.J. Spitz.
The Huskies’ defense was dominant in the second half, as the Spartans were unable to get anything going offensively.
Teonic said he was happy with the composure of the defense because the Huskies did give up some big plays but the defense let up.
Jackowski and junior Ed Miklasz scored touchdowns in the third quarter, giving the Huskies a comfortable lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, sophomore Jack Warner took over quarterback duties and connected with Miklasz for his second touchdown catch, putting the Huskies up big, 49-13.
“It’s going to get tougher,” Teonic, whose in his third year with Hersey said. “Players are going to get better.” Teonic said just because they scored a lot of points doesn’t mean we are good. “We have to improve each week,” he said.
Teonic said his team will focus on cleaning up some plays and special teams.
The , kicking off at 7 p.m.