JFK vs South Plainfield Football Game is a Huge Success

The football, cheerleaders, and the band all contributed to a solid first win.

JFK Yearbook Staff
JFK(left) facing off South Plainfield(right) during the game.

Bettina Kingsly, Reilly McGowan, Brielle Thomas, Isabella Canela, and Rachna Pandit

On Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, John F. Kennedy Memorial High School had their second home football game of the year. The Mustangs went up against South Plainfield High School, a school known for its strong and talented football team. The game kicked off with JFKMHS scoring a touchdown within the first 10 minutes of the game. This earned them a two-point conversion, leaving Kennedy with a score of  8-0. Afterward, South Plainfield managed to score two touchdowns before the end of the first quarter. However, they didn’t achieve a two-point conversion, resulting in a score of 8-12 South Plainfield.

No one scored for the next two quarters; the majority of the crowd thought that JFKMHS didn’t stand a chance. Despite this, the football players did not lose hope and kept on fighting hard. Eventually, their efforts paid off. With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Joshua Torres was able to score a touchdown, with a 65 yard-pass from Conor Heany. Even though JFKMHS failed the two-point conversion, they came back strong toward the end resulting in a final winning score of 14-12. 

Half-time was just as action-packed as the rest of the game. The varsity cheerleading team debuted their half-time routine with no falls in their stunts and only minimal touchdowns when tumbling. While the varsity team cheered on the football players, the JV team hosted an Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a fundraiser that helps a foundation dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer. Students could donate as much as they wanted to in exchange for lemonade and other snacks. The team was able to raise over $400. The marching band was just as busy as the other teams. While they played stand tunes and fan favorites during all four quarters, they also debuted their field show, “One Small Step,” for everyone at the game. Altogether, the football game was a huge success for everyone involved and it was a well-deserved first win of the season!