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It’s Jaquon Reynolds’ Time to Shine at Gateway

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MONROEVILLE, Pa. – Gateway took care of business on Saturday night with a 21-10 victory over their rival, Penn Trafford. Both of the teams have quality quarterbacks, and offenses that can score points at will. The story of this matchup was a bit different, with the defense for both squads stealing the show. They were stingy the whole night, leading to two interceptions for each quarterback and multiple long-pass breakups.

Gateway has now shown they can win in a variety of different ways. The week before, the Gators crushed Hempfield 60-7, scoring 53 points in the first two quarters. 

With all of that being said, this game was going to be won on the ground, and Gateway did just that. Junior running back Jaquon Reynolds was the star of the game with 23 carriers for 86 yards and a touchdown. His biggest run of the night was a 4-yard touchdown to make it a 14-3 late in the third quarter, essentially icing the game. Reynolds accounted for nearly half of Gateway’s total yards, with the team finishing with only 191 total yards of offense. 

Gateway’s usage of Reynolds shows that the coaching staff has trust in him to carry the ball relentlessly, and the team to victory. In the 10-play drive that ended in Reynolds’ score, he touched the ball on nine of those plays. After the game, Reynolds spoke with Pittsburgh Sports Now about his usage in this game and improving for the last stretch of games. 

“I feel great. My teammates and the line just executed. We came out and played together,” Reynolds said after the win in regard to how they managed to win a low-scoring game while mainly running the ball. He believes that even though the scoring was at a premium in this game that the offense will be just fine moving forward, “We just got to keep working hard and do what we gotta do in practice, and we will get it done.”

Reynolds stands at 5-foot-8, 177 pounds and is only a junior at Gateway. The chances of him getting bigger, faster and stronger before the end of his senior campaign are very likely, which will ultimately attract even greater interest from Division-I programs. He currently has offers from Temple, Akron, Bowling Green and Massachusetts. 

Pittsburgh Sports Now also asked him about his recruitment. He said, “I’ve been talking to a couple schools” and that he has an upcoming visit to Bowling Green scheduled. 

As time goes on, Reynolds will garner even more attention from Division I coaches as he and the Gators continue to roll.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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