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There’s one reason that the Jefferson Forest boys are undefeated, both in Seminole play and against all others. It’s a simple reason. One for all others to emulate.
They’re good. Darn good.
The Cavs put on another blitzkrieg, this time against host Liberty. When it was over, JF departed with a 6-0 win under its collective belt.
The win gave the Cavs a mark of 9-0 in the Seminole District (11-0 overall) and gave us the following metrics of interest:
-Six of the team’s nine wins have come via shutout.
-The average score in district games has been 5 to 1/2.
-The Cavs blanked Liberty for the fourth straight time.
Liberty Head Coach Nick Bartholomew came away impressed. “JF showed a lot of composure and class,” he said. “There’s no running their mouths. When guys went down, they’d stop play.”
While it was a clean game, for the most part, that didn’t mean the Cavs didn’t push the scoring button.
Five different men in black found the back (or inner side) of the net. The first to do so was Michael Sciarrino.
“We tried to pack in our defense and steal a 0-0 tie,” said Bartholomew. “JF ruined that plan pretty quickly.”
Indeed, Tyler Bullock had gone on one of his patented tears down the sideline, cutting back parallel to the goal. He finally unleashed a bullet of a pass to a charging Sciarrino, who finished off the play.
Liberty’s best chance to score while still trailing 1-0. A Shane Martin cornerkick found Coty Bartholomew in the box, but he was swamped by a sea of black to thwart the M-Men’s hopes of a tie.
A Thomas Mathisen-Austin Griffith-Matthew Crider beaut of a play ended with freshman Crider getting the tap-in on the JF second goal.
A foul on JF’s Taylor Graves resulted in a penalty kick, something the Minutemen have provided often this season.
Bryan Zaring took the freebie, converting it like clockwork for the 3-0 lead.
Marco Kempf closed out the half when he picked off a Liberty pass and drove solo for a one-on-one with Liberty keeper Shane Sellers. Kempf drilled the goal home with authority, giving JF a 4-0 halftime lead.
That lead would grow early in the second half. In the opening minutes of that stanza, Doug Dickerson found Bullock with a crisp, long pass which cleared the Liberty back line, but not Bullock. The junior drilled it home.
Bullock showed he’s as good at giving as at getting when he found Kempf with a nine-iron of a pass. The Heidelberg Hurricane took Bullock’s pass the rest of the way for the goal.
The loss leaves Liberty with a record of 0-8 in district play. But Bartholomew isn’t planning on a finish in the Seminole cellar. His team has good chances to move up a couple of spots. Wins in upcoming games against Rustburg and Heritage are needed to do that, though.
JF, meanwhile, seems well on its way to its 19th straight Seminole title. Here’s what we like about JF’s season, though. It has non-district matches against Charlottesville and Lord Botetourt coming up. Most teams play their non-district games before the district ones. What JF has is a pair of very challenging games to help tune up just before the playoffs start.
That’s what you call smart scheduling.