It didn’t take long for Janasia Wilson to steal the spotlight at the Nike Football Kickoff Classic on Thursday, after she predicted that her team would “win all these games” in a mic’d-up segment during warm-ups.
The quarterback from Irvington High School (New Jersey) led her team down the field in the first quarter of their 14-0 win over Willowbrook High School (Illinois). From the 2-yard line, Wilson snapped the ball, avoided an incoming pass rusher and scampered out to the right and into the endzone for her team’s first touchdown.
Irvington scores first on Willowbrook. Up 7-0 in the 1st quarter following this Janasia Wilson TD pic.twitter.com/7oAqseCmG3— Irvington Athletics (@irvblueknights) August 24, 2023
Irvington scores first on Willowbrook. Up 7-0 in the 1st quarter following this Janasia Wilson TD pic.twitter.com/7oAqseCmG3
Wilson helped Irvington build their lead on another run in the first half. Rolling out to the right again, she cut inside past two diving defenders and crossed the endline to give her team a commanding two-touchdown lead.
Irvington 14Willowbrook 0Janasia Wilson scores again on the QB run. pic.twitter.com/Y3WlI4XLFP— Irvington Athletics (@irvblueknights) August 24, 2023
Irvington 14Willowbrook 0Janasia Wilson scores again on the QB run. pic.twitter.com/Y3WlI4XLFP
The Blue Knights would not relinquish the lead from there. With their defense holding Willowbrook scoreless, Willowbrook’s two touchdowns were more than enough to seal the victory.
Just Women’s Sports mic’d Wilson up during warm-ups, and the jokes she made with her teammates reflected the moves she displayed later on the field.
“I would’ve juked you,” she said. “You would have got crossed. You would’ve been eating turf.”
@justwomenssports Janasia Wilson mic’d up at warm ups 🤣 @Nike #flagfootball #micdup ♬ original sound - Just Women’s Sports
The game was part of the second-annual Nike Football Kickoff Classic in partnership with the NFL, a round-robin showcase for some of the top girls’ and boys’ high school flag football programs in the country.