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October 28, 2009 > Kennedy shuts out Irvington

Kennedy shuts out Irvington

By Gary van den Heuvel
Photos By William Mancebo

As the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) football season begins to take shape, the wheat is separated from the chaff; or to put it more bluntly, the good teams separate themselves from the pack, and the bad teams are left behind.

Friday night's (October 23) game at Tak Fudenna Stadium pitted two teams - John F. Kennedy and Irvington - that are somewhere in the middle of the pack but striving to reach the league's upper echelon, currently occupied by Washington and James Logan.

With a dominant 21-0 win on their homecoming night, the Titans of Kennedy may have climbed a rung on that MVAL ladder.

The Titans controlled the game with their relentless ground attack. Paco Prodigue gained 126 yards with a touchdown, and Isaiah Cortez added 75 yards for a score of his own.

Prodigue picked up 21 yards on four carries on Kennedy's first possession, which resulted in a fourth-and-nine touchdown pass from Trevor Damewood from 24 yards out. Damewood threw a strike to Tino Pousima on a flat route. Pousima picked up a block and took the pigskin in for a 7-0 early advantage.

Early in the second quarter, Kennedy forced Irvington to punt out of its own end zone, and began their possession at the Viking 32. Three plays later, Prodigue was in the end zone after breaking a tackle on a 29-yard TD run.

The last score capped off a lengthy (10 plays) but short (42 yards) drive by the Titans. With third and inches from the six-yard line, Cortez took the ball over right tackle, was hit at the one but drove in for the score and the three-touchdown cushion which Kennedy took into halftime.

Irvington had their chances to get on the scoreboard, most particularly on a seven-minute,16-play possession which stalled out on fourth down at the Titan 20 early in the fourth quarter. The Vikings receivers were beset by dropped passes for most of the game.

With the win, Kennedy is 2-1 in the MVAL, a game behind 3-0 Washington (Kennedy's next opponent, on Halloween night at Tak Fudenna) and Logan, a half-game ahead of 2-2 American and a full game above 1-2 Newark Memorial. Further down the standings sit the 1-3 Vikings, who travel to Newark Memorial on November 6 after a bye next week.

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