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Grant Gets Full Scholarship

Full ride - School of Government and Public Administration at Eastside High School senior Defensive End Tevaughn Grant, a 2 time All-Liberty division player, has accepted a full football scholarship to Division IAA, Wagner College. The 6'2, 220lb pound Ghost defender recorded 76 tackles, 8 Tackles for Loss, 14 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery during the 2014 season. Tevaughn is projected to play outside linebacker at Wagner College. Wagner is a member of the Northeast Conference and will play national powerhouses Brigham Young University and Georgia Tech in 2015. His scholarship is valued at $40,000 per year.
 

Eastside Falls to JFK on Thanksgiving

PATERSON — The only goal Kennedy had left this season was to win the town. In 2015, the Knights think they can win a bigger prize.

Kennedy took down Eastside, 26-0, on Thursday in the schools’ annual intra-city battle at snowy Bauerle Field. It was the first time coach Ron Jackson’s squad had beaten the Ghosts since 2010.

It also put the turkey gravy on top of one of North Jersey’s biggest turnarounds this season. The Knights began the season 0-4 and scored only five points in those games.

But the Knights won their last six games to finish 6-4 for their first winning record since 2008.

And how about this one? Depending on how things play out in the state and sectional finals next weekend, Kennedy could enter the 2015 season with the second-longest active winning streak in North Jersey. The winner of the Westwood/Waldwick-Midland Park sectional final will have the longest.

"When we were 0-4, I could have just scrapped everything we did, but I kind of just went back … everybody always says go back to the basics," Jackson said. "I went to running about four running plays, and if we could do that and not make things complicated, I knew we would be better and that’s what happened."

While it may be just a handful of running plays, Jackson utilized a strong stable of backs against the Ghosts. Five Knights carried the ball, led by senior Xavier Harris, who had 18 attempts for 107 yards and a score.

Junior quarterback Cornelius Kinchen showed a lot of poise in the snow. He completed five passes, but three for touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter as the Knights put away the game.

"The game plan was to come out strong and work hard," Kinchen said. "All throughout practice, all we said was work hard and play to win. That’s all it was, play to win."

The crowd and atmosphere was electric at kickoff. They have bleachers at Bauerle Field, but it’s an unwritten rule, especially on Thanksgiving, that no one sits down. Not the fans, not the band and not the cheerleaders.

Eastside (3-7) got an outstanding game from senior Curtis Addison on both sides of the ball, but was hurt by self-inflicted mistakes. The Ghosts were flagged for nine penalties and had seven fumbles, many on errant shotgun snaps. Starting quarterback Tahj Upshaw appeared to get hurt on the first series and did not return.

The Knights seized control with a game-opening 13-play, 71-yard drive, capped by a touchdown pass from Kinchen to Nazier Wright. They led 13-0 at halftime and allowed only 70 yards in the game.

There aren’t many Thanksgiving games left in North Jersey that retain the same pride as Kennedy-Eastside. This was the schools’ 90th meeting. Kennedy was listed as the guest on the portable scoreboard, even though both teams call the field home.

Email: cooperd@northjersey.com

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