WICCOPEE – What can you say about the John Jay Patriots? They have proven themselves on every level so far this season, including Saturday’s wet and wild 20-0 shutout win over Arlington in the Class AA semi-finals.
Luke Mahon threw for three touchdowns finding three separate receivers. Zach Timmons scored the first TD on a 30 yard reception and a dive into the end zone just inside the goal flag. Mahon scored the second Patriot touchdown on a QB sneak on a fourth and one situation at the one yard line in the second quarter. The third Jay score came just as the first half was winding down. Mahon rolled out and threw a strike to Jake Brichta for a 25 yard TD strike, making it 21-0 at halftime. The fourth and final score of the game came when Mahon faked out everyone by rolling left, looking right, and then throwing left to a wide open Todd Belotti who was in the end zone just waiting for the ball.
The defense pitched yet another shutout, the teams seventh in nine games. What makes this season so impressive is not only how the team has played in each of its contests this season, in the toughest Division in Section One Class AA, but also how resilient the team has been.
The season started off with three key injuries, but the Patriots are so deep that they were able to win their first game of the season with a third string quarterback, Joe Melici. Melici turned out to be a seasoned starting quarterback by game three.
Somewhere around the fourth game of the season, Jay unveiled one of their many secrets when star running back Luke Mahon took snaps in the first Arlington vs Jay game of the season. Mahon moved to starting quarterback and became an instant threat to run or throw.
The Jay defense has been no secret to anyone, with shutout after shutout, interceptions and blocked punts, the John Jay defensive players have no problem turning into offensive threats at a moments notice.
Head coach Tom O’Hare and the Patriots have added a few wrinkles in each game this season to keep things interesting and opponents on their heels, and will need a few more wrinkles next weekend when the undefeated John Jay Patriots face either Carmel or New Rochelle for the Class AA Sectional Title.