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Port - Middletown - A true Numbers Game

September 12, 2014 Middletown, NY - The Port Jervis – Middletown football rivalry runs deep with history.  This year’s game will be talked about for years to come.  In dramatic fashion, Middletown fought back to defeat Port Jervis, 36 – 33, at Faller Field, on the campus of Middletown High School.

With 5:37 remaining in the 4th quarter many Raider fans felt as if victory was almost assured.  Senior quarterback Noah Knesel connected with wide-out Jack Piscitelli on a pretty 29 yard TD pass that put Port ahead 33-14.  Time and the score were in Port’s favor, right? 

Middletown had other ideas.  With :32 seconds remaining Middies back Ben Okoko completed a half-back option pass to a wide open Eamon Gillespie.  This play capped off a 22-point comeback and game Middletown the victory.

The Port Jervis – Middletown high school football game is all about numbers.  This years game marked the 136th time the teams have faced each other.  It was also the 61st time the Erie Bell was awarded to the winning team.  Late in the fourth quarter, some Raider Fans were counting on a "sure victory".  High school football is a 48 minute game.  The one number etched into history regarding this contest will be 5:37

Game Notes: Prior to the game, both teams paused to hand out the Steven Faller Award.  Given to a lineman from both teams, the Faller Award honors two players who display leadership, determination, and sportsmanship.  The 2014 recipients were Karl Thomas of Middletown, and Trent Morgan of Port Jervis.

Port Jervis (0-2, 0-0) hosts Wallkill tonight at Glennette Field.  Kick-off is slated for 7:00pm.


Season Kicks Off Friday at Glennette
September 1st - Port Jervis, NY - The 2014 Port Jervis football season begins Friday as the Raiders host their Route 6 rival Minisink Valley.  It is the first of two non-league games in which the Raiders "play up" against larger Class AA schools.  kick-off is set for 7pm at historic Glennette Field. 

Prior to kick-off, both teams will take a moment to honor the memory of John Bell.  Bell was a standout football player for Port and longtime teacher/coach at Minisink.  His family will present to give out the yearly award.  The criteria for this honor include, sportsmanship, dedication, and teamwork.  A player from each team is set to receive the award.

The 2013 match-up saw Minisink edging the Raiders 24-19.  Although on the short side of the scoreboard, Port QB Noah Knesel  had his breakout game tossing 17 of 31 for 191 Yards and a TD.  He returns in 2014 as a senior captain and number one on the depth chart at QB.

The Port Jervis rushing game last year was led by Justin Drew and Saim Mairu.  Drew paced the Raiders with 248 yards and 5 TD's.  Mairu was second in rushing yards with 242 and is a lock at fullback this season.  Both return for 2014 as senior captains, ready for the challenge.

Often not discussed is the importance of a solid offensive line.  Port has just that for 2014 - as all 5 spots are occupied by experienced performers.  Josh Conklin will anchor the line at center and has some loyal friends beside him.  Joe Bock, Robert Whitney, Henry Schall and senior captain Trent Morgan fill out the line - each has improved their footwork and agility.  Senior Joe Connolly will also see ample time inside the tackle box.  The Raiders success offensively will be a team achievement - a task these fellas are ready for.

That line looks to give Knesel time to pass - and the Raiders have several legitimate targets.  Juniors Jack Piscitelli and Wesley Schools have the tools to do the job.  Good hands, quickness, and a nose for the ball - Piscitelli and Schools will keep defensive backs busy and honest.  Keep your eyes on wide-outs Alex Hess and Jake Thompson,.  They look to establish themselves as that quiet threat on the edge that could make big things happen.

The 2014 Raiders defense is not to be taken lightly either.  Port returns seven starters who look to shake things up this season.  The strength of the defense starts with the two safety positions.  Backfield mates Mairu and Drew will rove the secondary as dual safeties.  Both bring have the speed of a d-back and the intensity of any linebacker in the area.  Corner Back will be Schools and J.P. Morgan - each with good football skills and are sticky coverage men.  Opposing receivers will pay the price against these men.

The core of the linebackers is Quentin Hossan.  Hossan led the defense in tackles last season and looks add to his totals this season.  Tim Shearer will join him at the backer position along with Sean Cornell and Keith Quattlebaum.

The Raider defensive line has some good depth and gives D-Coach Craig Fisher some great options.  Justin Rodriguez is back, and hungry as ever to get the season started.  Trent Morgan will see action on the D-line along with Ryan Hashagen.  These gents have earned their starting jobs and know that there are other Raiders behind them who will see action too.  Trever Flynn and Quattlebaum look to spell anyone who needs in, at any of the defensive line positions. 

The road to the Section IX title begins tonight.  Kick-off is slated for just after 7PM.  Be sure to tune in to Port Jervis Raider Football on Country 107.7FM, or listen online at www.country1077.com 


Former Raider Returns to Inspire Team

August 28th - Huguenot, NY - What most Port Jervis Varsity Football players thought would be just another chalk-talk Wednesday turned into an experience they won't soon forget. U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Harry Space, a 2000 Port Jervis High School graduate, surprised the Raiders with an emotionally inspiring message on brotherhood and leadership.

SSGT Space and Port Jervis Red Raiders - at YMCA Football CampThe atmosphere was light and casual as the Raiders assembled in the front few rows of a very large conference room. That mood quickly changed upon the entrance of SSGT Space. Dressed in his military ACU uniform and identifiable Drill Sergeant Hat, SSGT Space's commanding voice enveloped every bit of this 1/4 filled auditorium. "Chairs are the leading cause of death in America", SSGT Space declared. With clear and sharp direction, SSGT Space had these young men out of their seats and stacking them to the side of the room. "Ten, Nine, Eight,. . . ", SSGT Space counted down, and the boys hurried to remove all the seats. "Is this how you clear a room?" demanded SSGT Space, as a few seats were still in the way. Without hesitation, SSGT Space had the team in push-up position, and again with his booming voice, his cadence began. This time it was "One, Two, Three, . . " as he had the team perform "military-style" push-ups under his command. It was clear to all that SSGT Space had a message for the team.

With the push-ups done, SSGT Space gathered the team into a tight formation and spoke from the heart. Sharing with them his life experiences, SSGT Space told of his younger years here in town. "I was just like you", he said, talking about his playing days for the Red and Black. SSGT Space expressed the pride to play here in Port, and made it clear that playing for the Raiders is something special. "You play for your family, your friends, your teammates, and your community", SSGT Space explained. "They (the community) come to Glennette Field Friday Nights to watch You". SSGT Space went on to talk about his service, including his two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One story in particular gave a chance for the current Raiders to see the football player side of SSGT Space. It was Thanksgiving 2011 and SSGT Space assembled his soldiers into his tent near Kandahar, Afghanistan. He fired up his laptop and informed his troops that they were in for a treat. At that moment, half a world away, his Red Raiders were about to play Middletown, their biggest rival. SSGT Space took great pride in telling his troops about the history and heritage of Port Jervis Football. He and his troops listened via the internet, as his Red Raiders took possession of the Erie Bell.

As SSGT Space concluded his talk, he made sure the room was left in proper order. "Ten, Nine, Eight, . . " with purpose and mission, the Raiders hustled to put the chairs back in place.

SSGT Space's impression will be long lasting. Those present saw a change with the boys. The thirty-five young men who entered the room, each with individual personalities, goals, and ideas became a team. They are and forever will be the 2014 Port Jervis Red Raiders.

 

Drill Sergeant SSGT Harry Space - Special Guest Speaker at Football Camp - Go Port!!
U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Harry Space with Port Jervis Varsity Football Team at Camp
 

Save the Date: Back to Camp Fundraising Breakfast

August 11th - Port Jervis, NY -  The Red and Black Touchdown Club, along with the Knights of Columbus, Council #471 to host a "Back to Camp" fundraising breakfast on Saturday August, 23rd at the K of C Hall 63 Seward Ave., Port Jervis.  All proceeds to support the Port Jervis High School Football Program to attend football camp at the YMCA, Huguenot, New York. 

Breakfast Details:
Saturday August 23rd from  8 - 11am
Knights of Columbus Hall
63 Seward Ave.
Port Jervis, NY
 
Cost: $12.00 per person, Kids under 10 eat for $7.00
Full Country Style Breakfast
 
$5.00 Car Wash to be held in parking lot of K of C during Breakfast!
 

Email info@redandblacktouchdownclub.com with any questions. 

The Port Jervis Football Program takes the varsity and junior varsity team to the YMCA Camp in Huguenot, NY the week of August 24th -  a week full of extensive training, chalk-talks, film sessions, and time for the entire team to bond as one cohesive unit.  "Camp" has become a staple, and a unique experience for the Port Jervis Football Program.  The YMCA pulls out all the stops and gives the program all they need to be successful. 

Go Port, Beat Middletown!!!


2014 Program Book Advertisements Needed

July 24th - Port Jervis, NY -  The Red and Black Touchdown Club is happy to open registration and sales for the Official 2014 Raider Program Book.  Revenue generated from the program book ad sales goes directly into the 2014 Raider Football Camp Fund - Here's your chance to have your business listed in the only program book sold at all Port Jervis Football Home Games.  Since 1897, Port Jervis has fielded one of the most historic football teams in the nation - be part of that history and heritage!

Click on the link below for the Ad form - all ad forms must be completed and returned to the Red and Black TD Club by August 20th. 

Download the 2014 Ad Form HERE:  2014 PROGRAM BOOK AD FORM

Email info@redandblacktouchdownclub.com with any questions. 

2014 Program Book Ad Form

The Port Jervis Football Program takes the varsity and junior varsity team to the YMCA Camp in Huguenot, NY the week of August 24th -  a week full of extensive training, chalk-talks, film sessions, and time for the entire team to bond as one cohesive unit.  "Camp" has become a staple, and a unique experience for the Port Jervis Football Program.  The YMCA pulls out all the stops and gives the program all they need to be successful. 

Go Port, Beat Middletown!!!


Raider Cheer Clinic To Be Held August 5th - 7th

July 24th - Port Jervis, NY -  The Port Jervis Varsity and JV Cheerleading Squads will be hosting a Raider Youth Cheer Clinic on the campus of the Port Jervis High School August 5th - 7th.   This is a chance for our varsity cheerleaders to share and teach our youth cheerleaders skills, drills, and all it takes to make it at the varsity level.  This is a great experience for both the youth cheerleaders as well as the high school girls.  Go Port!

Details:

When: Tuesday August 5th - Thursday August 7th

Time: 9am - 11am

Where: On the campus of the Port Jervis High School

Age: Open to all Port Jervis Cheerleaders grades K-8

Cost: $15.00 per cheerleader for all three days!

More Details on flyer below!!

Go Port, Beat Middletown!!!


Official Team Website Launched!

June 20th - Port Jervis, NY -  Head Coach Matt Polanis is pleased to announce the launch of the official website for the Port Jervis High School Football Program.

Link:  - Official Website for Port Jervis Football

The new website is a fast and simple way for the coaching staff to inform everyone about upcoming events, off-season work-outs, 7-On-7's the Raiders are competing in and more. 

Be sure to bookmark the link above on your computer and smart phone.


Port Jervis Baseball and Softball head to Section IX Semi-Finals

May 29th - Port Jervis, NY -  Baseball and softball have many things in common.  The games mirror each other with only slight variations.  In Port Jervis, the similarity is even deeper.  Both Raiders teams, baseball and softball, hosted New Paltz in the first round of Section IX playoffs Tuesday.  In dramatic style, both boys and girl Raiders swept the Huguenots and advance to the Section IX semi-finals today.  Keeping up their mirrored image, the Raider squads, that's right, both baseball and softball travel to Marlboro to face the Dukes - with the winners advancing the Section IX finals this weekend.

BASEBALL -

The Port Jervis boys baseball team took advantage of a 30 minute thunder delay to refocus and relax during their first round game against New Paltz.  Trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh,  senior David Sicina drove in Wesley Schools with the game winning single.

Sicina's work continues today as he is on the mound for the Raiders.  He's may be listed as the number two pitcher for Port, but for Coach Leonard, Sicina is the number one guy today.  Port is up against a well rested Marlboro squad - who had a first round bye Tuesday.  Solid defense and some clutch hitting is the recipe for Port if they want to stamp their ticket to the big show!

On the other side of the bracket, Red Hook, who upset number 2 Cornwall faces-off against Wallkill, who made it to the semi's with a 11-0 crushing of Monticello.  Today's baseball action will be very exciting - stay tuned as we bring you as many updates as possible.

SOFTBALL -

The lady Raiders ride to Marlboro after edging the New Paltz Huguenots 1-0.  Sophomore pitcher Steph Muller was in control, keeping the Huguenots off the bases the entire game.  It was her sophomore battery-mate, Brittany Kinman's fielders choice in the 6th that plated the lone Raider run, enough for the hard fought victory.

Muller has led Port all season.  Her record is 11-5 with 91 strikeouts.  Her 2.36 ERA is proof that when she is on the mound, the Raiders stand a great chance to win.

The road to the softball Section IX finals heads up Route 209 today as the lady Raiders battle with the Marlboro Dukes.  Updates as they come available @RedBlackTDClub on twitter.

 


Former Raider finishes 3rd at NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships

March 16th - Cleveland, OH -  Former Port Jervis Red Raider Steven Butler placed third in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships held March 16th in Cleveland, OH.  Wrestling for Lindenwood University (MO) in the 285lb heavyweight class, Butler's third place finish helped Lindenwood finish the year ranked 3rd in the nation.

Butler's quest for a national title was halted by Ziad Hassad of Kutztown University.  Hassad defeated Butler 5-2 on his way to the national title at heavyweight.  Steven Butler - Wrestling for Lindenwood University

Butler, an All-American wrestler for Lindenwood has had a storied career, met with some major hurdles and challenges.  Butler's wrestling resume is quite impressive.  At Port Jervis, Butler was a 3-time Section IX Champion, finished 2nd in the 2009 New York State Wrestling Tournament, and took home the top spot in the Ohio Tournament of Champions.

From Port Jervis, Butler took his skills to Newberry University, (SC), a school which heavily recruited him.  in 2010, Butler sustained a serious elbow injury and had the ligaments surgically reattached. In 2011 he was recruited to Division II Lindenwood University in St. Charles (MO). While playing for the Lindenwood Lions football team as defensive guard, Butler suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. After surgery, Butler transferred to University of Buffalo (NY) to wrestle where he experienced a torn meniscus and had yet a third surgery. Uncertain of any future in college athletics, he returned to Lindenwood in 2013 where he battled back and became the NCAA "Wrestler of the Week" twice in February, 2014 and won first place in the Midwest Regionals and qualified to compete in the national championship.

Lindenwood's wrestling coach Chad Smith said of his 285 heavyweight's contributions to the team after he won first place in the Midwestern States, "...and Steven Butler was...Butler. He did what he always does, day-in and day out."

Injuries can be a deterrent to the average athlete, but they do not defeat a champion like Butler. The future is yet to be determined for him as he was red-shirted in 2011 and may be allowed to wrestle and play football next year. He is a model of sheer determination and diligence that the tri-state community can be proud of and young athletes may see as an example of pursuing excellence, persevering through hard work and attaining high athletic achievements.


Nite at the Races trots in with over $4000 for Port Football!

March 1, 2014 - Port Jervis, NY - The Red and Black Touchdown Club, in conjunction with the Port Jervis Elks, Lodge #645 hosted "A Nite at the Races" to benefit the Port Jervis Football program.  With over 120 people attending, the "Nite" was a great success - raising over $4000 for the football program. 

The evening kicked off with a delicious buffet, catered by local celebrity chef Bill Harris and his company "Chef on the Run". 

After a great meal, those attending were able to purchase raffle tickets and chances to win 1 of the 35 gift baskets donated by friends and families of the football program.

The real "fun" of the night was the horse racing!  Guests had a chances all evening to "win" bucks, buy "placing" their bets" and "showing" off their horse race knowledge. 

The Red and Black Touchdown Club would like to thank all who attended.  The fundraiser, "A Nite at the Races" proves yet again that the Port Jervis community comes out to support their favorite football team. 

Go Port, Beat Middletown!!


 
Red and Black and Elks to Sponsor A Nite at the Races!

February 4, 2014 - Port Jervis, NY - The Red and Black Touchdown Club announce the first major fundraiser for 2014.  Join us for what is going to be the most exciting fundraiser of 2014.  The Elks Lodge, in conjunction with the Red and Black Club are hosting a Nite at the Races - A fun filled night of horse racing and fundraising to support the Port Jervis Football Program.  Details are below

A NITE AT THE RACES
A Nite at the Races is a video horse racing fundraiser that is sure to be the most exciting charity event you will attend.  Doors open at 5:30pm - and the fun continues until 10pm.  Tickets are $10.00 per person, adults only.  Buffet all evening, Cash Bar.
HORSE RACING
Ten Horse races to wager on.  Daily Double bets, and more. 
RAFFLE
Over 30 Gift Baskets to be raffled off - Tricky-Tray Style Raffle
50/50
No fundraiser is complete without a 50/50!
DETAILS:
When: Saturday March 1, 2014
Where: Elks Lodge - Route 6 Port Jervis, NY
Time: Doors Open at 5:30pm - Fun til 10pm
Tickets: $10 per person Adults Only
Details:  - Buffet Food all evening
   - Cash Bar
   - Ten Horse Races to Wager on
   - over 30 Gift Baskets to be Raffled Off
   - 50/50
   - All proceeds to go to Port Jervis Football Program
More Info: Contact Tom Faggione - 845-551-5784
 

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Red and Black Touchdown Club, Inc. is a charitable, non-profit organization whose purpose it is to encourage enthusiastic support and interest in Port Jervis High School Football and athletics; to award scholarships which contribute to the post-secondary education of graduating athletes; to contribute to the advancement and needs of athletic programs at the high school; to lend support to the Director of Athletics.

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