Huskies Football Delivers Devastating Blow to the Hemet Bulldogs


photo courtesy of Dylan Bradshaw

Joseph Guzman

On Friday, October 15th, the John W. North Huskies hosted the Hemet High Bulldogs, for the 56th Annual Homecoming game. The game ended with the Huskies winning against the Bulldogs 41-7.

The Huskies came into the game at an impressive 7-0 overall record and a 2-0 in league play. With a win in the previous week against the Paloma Valley Wildcats, the Huskies look to secure another vital win in the Sunbelt League and keep their first place spot. As for the Bulldogs, they are having an alright season so far as they have a record of 4-3 and a league record of 1-0. As both of these teams collide they look to get an edge on one another and get this very important win for their league play.

As the team walked out of the locker room towards the back side of the field, every person in the stands stood to their feet and cheered for the Huskies as they ran onto the field. “It feels good, to be honest. To know that we have a lot of supporters out there watching us and we’re getting ready to put on a show for them, it really feels amazing,” said senior Ahson Elliot. 

The Huskies came out absolutely electric right out of the gate as Senior Rohan Preston ran the opening kickoff all the way back for a touchdown. After that, the Huskies put up 14 unanswered points in just the first quarter. Heading into the second quarter, the Huskies were moving the ball up and down the field as they scored two touchdowns. With scoring two, they also let Hemet High score one touchdown, but that would be the only score of the game on their side. 

As the first half came to an end, the Huskies led 34-7 and the crowd was going absolutely wild from the show the team had been putting on for them. During halftime, the crowd sat anxiously as John W. North was about to announce the 2021 Homecoming Queen, which ended up being Senior April Larsen. Senior Keira-Miracle Tilford was honored as 1st runner-up and Senior Jennifer Leon as the 2nd runner-up. Also at halftime, there was a spectacular dance performance that was presented by the United Student League Halftime Committee. 

Getting the second half underway, the Huskies kicked the ball off and stopped the Bulldogs with a short return. The Huskies ended up scoring one more touchdown during the 3rd Quarter and pushed the lead to 41-7. In the 4th quarter there wasn’t much action that occurred as the clock kept counting down. 

Defense was on lockdown the whole game as they only let Hemet score 1 touchdown. Junior Danny Salvador and Senior Leo Tupou both led the team in tackles with a total of 8 each in the whole game. Salvador also had the only sack of the game, which resulted in a loss of 2 yards. 

The offense for the Huskies was explosive as they totaled 6 touchdowns. Senior Ashar Granger had 2 receiving touchdowns and had a total of 80 receiving yards over 4 receptions. Junior Damien Allala had 3 receptions with a total of 56 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on the day. Senior Ahson Elliot also had 3 receptions and a total of 57 reception yards with 1 receiving touchdown. Elliot had 1 rushing touchdown and rushed for a total of 77 yards. The man behind all the yards and touchdowns is Senior quarterback, Jaidyn Gamble. Gamble attempted 13 passes, and completed 10 of them. Those 10 passes totaled for a very impressive 193 passing yards and 5 passing touchdowns. Averaging almost 20 yards each pass, Gamble is playing smart and conservative, using his receivers to his full advantage. 

The Huskies looked strong all game, as they gave a devastating blow to the Bulldogs and claimed the league and homecoming victory with a score of 41-7 and came out League champions.