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AEA loses its varsity football debut

Einstein puts up 22 points in season opening loss

Posted: September 6, 2013 11:34 p.m.
Updated: September 6, 2013 11:34 p.m.
 

The Albert Einstein Academy Rockets football team may not have picked up a win in its first-ever varsity football game on Friday night, but the 82-22 loss at Frazier Mountain High (1-0) was still a milestone for the upstart program.

Trailing 24-0 in the first quarter, Rockets quarterback Josh Greaves sent a 56-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Adam Costanza for the first touchdown in school history, before converting a two-point try.

Costanza would add a 46-yard touchdown grad and Justin Hill caught a 20-yarder.

Greaves, the son of former AEA head coach John Greaves, threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns in the game.

The team elected to play 11-man football in honor of John Greaves, who died on April 1 after battling cancer.

The Rockets (0-1) defense struggled in the opener, allowing 40 points in the first quarter and 24 in the second.

But for AEA and the over 200 fans that made the trip, the experience was more important than the result.

The game was the first varsity game for the Rockets, which elected to field an 11-man football team, rather than follow the traditional route of smaller schools with 8-man football.

AEA took the field Friday night with just 20 players, including just three seniors and six players returning from the Rockets’ 2012 JV team — which finished 2-6.

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