Tech Faces Jefferson for Fifth Time in Four Years This Saturday

In the past few years, Brooklyn Tech has had some great games against Jefferson. Tech faces Jefferson for the fifth time in the past four seasons this Sunday at Noon at Jefferson’s field. We’ve included the stories of the games between the two teams, along with photos from the past few years.

2010 Season, Homecoming, Week 4:
Tech 38, Jefferson 40

In the first quarter, Jefferson had an interception for a touchdown and blocked a punt, which eventually led to a touchdown. Tech allowed a 75 yard reception for a touchdown, but scored some points of their own. Gino Nadela scored the first touchdown for Tech, and James Gales had a 2-point conversion. With little time left in the half, James Gales ran for 80 yards for Tech’s second touchdown. The 2-point conversion was not made. With time running out in the second half, it appeared that Tech would not get the ball back until James Gales made an interception and returned it for 50 yards. Kevi Shyti threw a pass to Babatunde Adeyemi that brought Tech to the 1-yard line, which gave Tech the lead. Heru Bernard rushed for a 1 yard touchdown. Shyti then threw a 2-point conversion to Stephen Harris.

Going into halftime, although Tech led Jefferson 22-18, they knew that they had to cut down on the turnovers to stay in the game. Tech received the ball at the half, and fumbled, which led to a touchdown and a 2-point conversion for Jefferson. After that Tech was marching down the field when the ball was stripped and brought back for another Jefferson touchdown.

The fourth quarter began with a long pass from Shyti to Mazaharul Islam, bringing Tech to the 20-yard line. Gales ran for the 20 yard touchdown and the following 2 point conversion. The touchdown was his third touchdown of the game. Tech trailed by four points. Jefferson scored a touchdown of their own on the following series. When Tech received the ball back, they marched down the field and Shyti ran for a 3-yard touchdown. Gales scored the final 2-point conversion, but there was no time to score again.

2010 Season, First Game of Playoffs:
Engineers that could: Tech wins wild, 2-OT affair with

By Marc Raimondi, New York Post November 13, 2010

(Photo: AnRong Xu)

The season was just about over for Brooklyn Tech. The Engineers hung tough for four quarters and an overtime period, but were going to fall short again to Thomas Jefferson.

Facing a 4th-and-18 and down six points, there was no possible way they could convert. Quarterback Kevi Shyti found Babatunde Adeyemi for a long gain, but he was still short of the marker. It was going to be the final play of Tech’s season.

But Adeyemi dug deep, spun away from defenders and dived forward to somehow earn his team the first down. A few plays later, James Gales rushed for a touchdown and went in for the 2-point conversion and No. 11 Brooklyn Tech pulled off an incredible, 30-28 win over sixth-seeded Thomas Jefferson in the first round of the PSAL City Championship playoffs Saturday afternoon at Moe Finkelstein Field.

“He’s staring at his season being over right there,” McKenna said of Adeyemi. “We talked a lot this week about extending the season. That play was like, ‘we’re not going anywhere yet. We’re still here.’ We knew when we got that first down, anything is possible.”

The first time Brooklyn Tech (6-4) met Jefferson (7-3), it was another wild affair with the Orange Wave scoring a late touchdown to win 40-38. This game even topped that in terms of drama. McKenna said both teams were absolutely gassed by the time the second overtime came around. Afterward, players from both sides exchanged pleasantries.

“It was definitely one of the wilder games as a player or coach that I’ve been a part of,” he said. “I’m gonna sleep like a baby tonight because I’m so drained. They played their hearts out. … It was like eight-plus quarters of a heavyweight fight between those two teams. Everybody had a great deal of respect for everyone on each team.”

Gales started the scoring for Brooklyn Tech and Shyti got in on a quarterback sneak in regulation. But Jefferson was able to respond to both touchdowns. Shyti hit Adeyemi for a score in the first overtime and the game could have been over then, but the Orange Wave refused to quit.

After Jefferson scored to start the second overtime, Adeyemi put together his heroics and Gales, the emerging superstar sophomore, completed the remarkable victory. Brooklyn Tech will now travel to No. 2 Fort Hamilton for the quarterfinals next weekend. The victory marks McKenna’s first postseason win.

“Words can’t describe how good it feels,” the second-year coach said. “It’s a group effort. I’m happy for the program. I’m happy that the program is where it is today. … We’re real happy to still be in the mix.”

2011 Season, Week Eight:

Tech Beats Jefferson, Gets Back to .500, by Zach Braziller and Marc Raimondi, New York Post


(Click the photos from this game to see them larger)

Brooklyn Tech won its third straight game and evened its record, but it did not come easy Saturday in less-than-stellar conditions. It was hard enough for most teams playing on turf on one of the worst October days in a half century, but the Engineers were visiting Thomas Jefferson at Moe Finkelstein Field – a mixture of grass and dirt that turns to mud quickly.

“There was two inches of water, then the snow came down and it was sticking,” Tech coach Kyle McKenna said. “The winds were like 50 miles per hour and the snow was coming down like a blizzard.”

There was nothing pretty about it, but quarterback Kevi Shyti scored on a sneak with three minutes left to give Brooklyn Tech an 8-6 win over Jefferson in PSAL City Championship division football. Shyti’s touchdown capped a 60-yard drive following a Jefferson safety, which the Orange Wave took instead of trying to punt from their own end zone in the horrendous weather.
Kendall (Speedy) Thomas scored on a 45-yard run to give Jefferson (2-6) a 6-0 lead heading into halftime. The Orange Wave had a goal-line stand later to keep Brooklyn Tech (4-4) out of the end zone, which led to the safety because Jeff was backed up to its own 5-yard line. Bejamin Haye and Haru Bernard combined for 100 yards rushing, Chris Francis had nine tackles and Thomas Plonski had two tackles for a loss to lead the Engineers.


It was a pivotal game for both teams who have struggled through disappointing seasons despite huge hopes coming in. Jefferson absolutely has to beat Grand Street Campus next week for any chance of making the playoffs – and even then it’s not a guarantee. Brooklyn Tech was on the outside looking in coming into this week and could need a victory next week against Boys & Girls to lock up a playoff spot.

“Coming from 1-4, we’re quite happy that we’ve gotten back to where we are right now,” McKenna said. “We kind of challenged the kids to turn it around and they accepted the challenge. We’re playing inspired football and people are really working hard to extend the season.”


2012 Season, Week 1: Jefferson 18, Brooklyn Tech 7


In the first game of the season, Brooklyn Tech faced Jefferson in their continued rivalry. Despite Kareem Ellis’ 68-yard kick return, the offense couldn’t get much going. James Gales scored the only Tech touchdown of the day, and Niko Fuertes kicked the extra point. The defense was able to stop Jefferson from scoring any conversions.

MSG Varsity: Jefferson won its first game of the year Saturday at Brooklyn Tech as star defensive player Ebenezer Ogudeko caught a 20-yard touchdown and recorded two sacks and seven tackles. Kendall Thomas rushed for 87 yards and scored a rushing touchdown. Jahnanthan Troche rushed for a touchdown for Jefferson. Brooklyn Tech took their only lead in the second quarter on a 12-yard run from James Gales.


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