The Interscholastic Athletic Assocation’s tackle football champs, Charlotte Amalie High School, started the season strong this weekend with a shutout of rival Ivanna Eudora Kean, 22-0.
According to team insiders, CAHS went into Saturday’s game after posting a big win in Puerto Rico against the University Garden Dolphins (25-14).
“Puerto Rico was a great trip for our players,” Charlotte Amalie head coach Francisco Jarvis, said recently.
"We played an all-star team, whose players came from 10 different schools. We played well — the rookies made a few mistakes but it prepared them for what they are about to see. They got an opporutnity to play at game speed and play a team that is better than any team in the territory.”
Going into Saturday’s opener on St. Thomas, Jarvis added that the team was ready for a second victory, and would be relying on a new and improved offense.
From the kickoff, the Chickenhawks didn’t disappoint.
CAHS got the ball first, and three plays into the game senior running back Kyle Edwards broke a 50-yard run to set up the Chickenhawks in Devil Ray territory. Edwards finished off the drive with a 13-yard touchdown run, giving CAHS a 6-0 lead. The Chickenhawks would take that score into the half, as the first part of the game turned out to be a mostly defensive battle.
In the second half, CAHS scored on an eight-yard touchdown run from Dyami Isles during the middle of the third quarter. Edwards then ran in the two-point conversion, and CAHS led 14-0.
A few minutes later, Chickenhawk defender Louin Chung got his second interception of the night, setting up CAHS on Kean’s 20-yard line. Two plays later, Edwards scored his second touchdown of the night; Edwards also made the two-point conversion, making the score 22-0.
Next on the Devil Rays’ schedule will be the St. Thomas-St. John Private School Arawaks, with a game scheduled for Friday night at Lionel Roberts Stadium on St. Thomas.
CAHS will make the trip to St. Croix to take on the Central High Caribs on Saturday night at the St. Croix Educational Complex field.