Looking to follow up their 6-0 start in the 2014 campaign, the Jamaica Saints roll the dice and come up trumps, defeating their division rivals, Wolfpack 13-12.
"I trust every one of these men," said Jamaica Saints captain Brian Payton, "We needed to make a play and we did. I'm very proud of my guys for doing their jobs and playing for eachother." Payton finished the game with 10 of 20 passing for 139 yards, 2 touchdowns and added 62 yards on 8 runs.
Both teams went 3 and out their first drives, shaking off the rust as they went. That's when Wolfpack RB Nequan Smith finally broke through, rushing up the sideline 37 yards for a touchdown to put the Wolfpack up 6-0. Defense was the order of the day, as neither team would be able to find the red zone for the remainder of the half.
As the snow began to fall, Payton would heat up, leading his team down the field and finding James Harvey in the back of the end zone for a 10 yard touchdown grab, and then, after forcing a turnover on downs, he would gamble on 4th down deep in his own territory, finding a wide open Chris Gonzalez for a 51 yard touchdown strike to put he Saints up for good. Needing a touchdown and one point conversion to tie, Wolfpack's Malik Turnage found Nequan Smith in the end zone again late in the game, but was unsucessful on the ensuing point after. They were able to get one more possession in the final seconds but fell short of making the comeback.
"We did some good things out there," said Wolfpack team captain Kareem Turnage, "We were able to hang tough with a former division champ and we can learn from this game and come out on top against them in a few weeks." Turnage finished the game with 4 tackles.BOX SCORE
|1||Nequan Smith runs for 37yards. Touchdown! (One point conversion pass by Romaine Bryan to Marcus Jones no good)||0||6|
|2||Brian Payton pass complete to James Harvey for 10 yards. Touchdown! (One point conversion pass by Brian Payton to Chris Gonzalez good)||7||6|
|2||Brian Payton pass complete to Chris Gonzelz for 51 yards. Touchdown! (One point conversion pass by Brian Payton to Kenny Reed no good)||13||6|
|2||Malik Turnage pass complete to Nequan Smith for 42 yards. Touchdown! (One point conversion pass by Malik Turnage no good)||13||12|