Gridiron go-around: homecoming edition
Eagles soar to a homecoming victory
By Raphael Sugarman
Seeing a Fieldston Eagles football team with a 0-3 record is not a common sight in recent years, to say the least.
The 5-time defending Hudson Valley Football League champions are used to being on the winning end of football games — and usually by wide margins.
Well, the Falcons and their faithful got their way on Saturday’s Homecoming Day, as the Eagles romped over rival Dalton 40-14 in a game they dominated from beginning to end.
“We needed one,” said Fieldston coach Gus Ornstein. “I told them that if they continue playing the same way they have been in the last few weeks, we were sure to be successful.”
Fieldston opened the scoring on a short run by senior Henry Bram after a drive that started on the Eagles’ 42-yard-line.
Quarterback Sean Healy had the most dramatic play of Fieldston’s second touchdown, a long run on fourth down run to give his team a 13-0 lead.
It was the defense that stepped up for the Eagles’ third touchdown, as Alex Jalazo intercepted the ball and fan in more than 50 yards for a TD.
“It was just awesome,” said the sophomore, who scored the first touchdown of his high school career. “I just followed the quarterback’s eyes. Reached over, caught the ball and brought it down the field.”
Healy engineered another touchdown late in the second quarter to build a 26-0 lead at halftime.
The Eagles extended their lead to 34-0 with a touchdown catch by Malik Thompson with no time left on the clock.
Fieldston’s final touchdown also came in the third quarter on a diving catch by Tyler Ridley on a pass in the endzone.
“Healy threw it a little too far away for my taste,” Ridley joked after the game. The senior went on to praise both his quarterback and the offensive line.
“The great thing about Healy is that he gets all the receivers involved,” he said. “And our line did a great job of protecting him that he had forever to throw the ball.”
Dalton scored a touchdown late in the third and another in the fourth, but the game was far out of reach.