Jets Blow Through Opener


The Encinal Jets began its 2017 football season with a bang in the mold of a 64-13 victory over Washington of Fremont Saturday, Aug. 26, on the road.

The Jets showed its dominance in all three phases of the game. Encinal combined for 10 touchdowns including one on defense and special teams. 

The player of the game was Encinal quarterback Theori Oliver. The senior accounted for five touchdowns including three on the ground. His first rushing touchdown came in the waning moments of the first quarter. Theori ran in from five yards out to give his team a 13-0 lead. His second rushing score came from two yards away late in the third period. This one was from two yards away to push Encinal’s lead to 45-13. His last rushing score came in the final period with the game well in hand. Theori rushed 65 yards for a touchdown. It was the final score of the game.

Alameda-transfer Taj Banks, Jr. scored four times in his first regular-season game with the Jets. Banks, Jr. ran for two touchdowns and caught two touchdown passes from Theori. Banks, Jr. had a 65-yard touchdown completion in the second quarter to give the Jets a 25-7 lead. He also had a 75-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to stretch Encinal’s lead to 57-13.

The game was non-contentious for most of the ball game. Encinal never trailed. The Jets got out to a 19-0 lead early in the second period. The closest the Huskies would get was in the third quarter. Husky quarterback Frankie Lawrence hit Jaylen Edmonds for an eight-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter. The score closed the gap to 25-13. But, Encinal quickly responded with a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Teddy Oliver, Theori’s brother. 

Encinal’s defense was flying around the field against Washington. The Jets intercepted the Huskies four times including a David Hamilton pick that he returned 85 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. 

The game was scheduled to take place at Stargell Field the day prior, but had to be moved due to field conditions. Playing on the road did not hinder the Jets’ productivity as it seemed the squad was in mid-season form.

The Jets are now 1-0. Encinal’s next game against American of Fremont tomorrow is scheduled to take place at Stargell Field.