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Blair Snaps Skid at Three With Win Over Kiski

Brayden Phinney grabbed two interceptions and ran one back for a touchdown. Photo by Joe Phalon, 11/2023.

Blair Academy snapped a three-game losing streak with a decisive 38-9 win over Kiski School October 14.

Quarterback Micah Balzarini passed for 61 with running back Jack Armbruster accounting for 53 of those yards. Yaniek Gallego tacked on 153 rushing yards to his stats.

“We’ve been working on getting the little things, like those interceptions,” Bowman said after the Kiski game. “These kids are playing every minute of every game.”

After an opening game win, the Buccaneers lost their mojo through the next three games, but Bowman said that the team was able to regain focus by concentrating on the little things, like grabbing interceptions.

Brayden Phinney picked off two Kiski passes, including one for a 19-yard touchdown return. Gallego, while running his 153 yards, scored three touchdowns, one each the first, second and fourth quarters on the ground. His longest was 34 yards in the fourth.

Jack Armbruster, in addition to a field goal and five extra points, gained 53 passing yards from Bazarini.

Blair jumped out to a 24-0 lead deep into the second quarter, including a 28-yard touchdown run by Luke Dale.

Lucas Dale ran 28 yards for a touchdown. Photo by Joe Phalon, 11/2023.

Kiski closed the half with a touchdown from the two-yard line. Kiski tacked on a field goal in the third.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.

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