(Byfield) Junior Tate Jozokos scored three touchdowns and passed for another as Governor’s Academy finished their ISL regular season unbeaten with a 41-14 rout over previously unbeaten Belmont Hill on Saturday afternoon.
The Seniors Day crowd had plenty to cheer about as their Govs dominated both sides of the ball.
The only Gov blemishes were a secondary lapse late in the first half that gave the Hillies their first TD, and late-game action, involving reserves, that produced the visitors second score. Beyond that, the Govs were very impressive.
Their running game was geared inside behind the running of junior Eli Morrissey (127 yards – 2 TDs). At 5’8”-175, Eli did a pretty good imitation of the Patriots Danny Woodhead in a sea of much larger linemen.
Belmont Hill entered the game allowing just 6.3 points per game. Those stats blew up in this one as Govs wore them down with their ground game and were never once denied in the red zone.
The Govs second score, early in the second period (10:53), showed how much trouble the Hillies defense was in. Down 7-0, BH closed in to stop the run and left their secondary in man-to-man coverage. Tate faked to Eli and gained plenty of time to find 6’5” Frank Barba flying down the middle of the field with defender 5’9” Alfredo Barros in coverage. A well-thrown pass and Frank was in for a 41-yard touchdown.
Tate Jozokos finishes the regular season with thirteen touchdowns rushing and ten passing in an undefeated eight-game schedule. Does the ISL have an MVP??
And the season isn’t over. The Govs will play again next weekend in one of the NESCAP bowl games.
The Hillies (7-1) may also make one of those bowl games as well. It would be a fitting end for retiring BH coach Kevin Fleming. He has already led teams to eight bowl games in his 20+ years of coaching.
The Govs were 4-4 last season. This is their first ISL title since 2004.
Governor’s Academy involved Sammy Davis in some offensive trickery and let’s just say that there’s some work to be done. One was on an extra points attempt (handoff problem) and the other a second pass attempt after catching a pass (thrown out-of-bounds).
GA did run a very effective end around to Frank Barba for a two-point conversion in the third period.
The Govs led, 19-7, at halftime. They put up three more scores in 1 ½ periods in the second half for a, 41-7, advantage and allowed reserves to finish off the afternoon.
I was impressed with the discipline of the Governor’s offense. Tate would get a play from Coach O’Leary and take it to the huddle. The team would come to the line of scrimmage and wait in formation. Then Coach O’Leary would tell Tate to change the play or tell him to go ahead with the play already called. It was obvious that the GA coach was reading the defense when he kept a play or changed it. While this was going on, the offense didn’t false start which was impressive to me.