Mocho planning victory party ... Fans hoping Lennon will win Ben Francis Cup
Mocho, for many Jamaicans connotes backwardness. But this perception does not match the reality of the relatively laid-back developing township in the hills of north central Clarendon.
These days, Mocho is on fire and the inferno could get hotter if Lennon High is able to beat St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) for the Ben Francis title today.
Lennon is making it to the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Ben Francis K.O. final for the first time in their history.
"We support them to the fullest. This Ben Francis title will mean the world to the entire school population, past students as well as the community," Nordia Dyer, past student and former member of the Lennon High girls' football team told THE WEEKEND STAR.
EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE
Khadejah Daley, a fifth-form student at Lennon, could hardly contain her excitement as she expressed gratitude to the team on behalf of her schoolmates.
"We are grateful because the team works hard, so they deserve it. Three titles, the daCosta Cup, Ben Francis, and Olivier Shield are up for grabs, and it would be really good if we could get them so people would recognise us as a school with potential. We are also happy for the support we are getting from the neighbouring communities as well as the entire parish," Daley said.
Keith Walker is the staff adviser to the team.
"We are highly motivated. The team is calm and is just waiting to get on the pitch on Friday. We have seen it coming over the past few years and we have worked very hard this year, with our focus being nothing but the final of the Ben Francis and the daCosta Cup," Walker said.
"Friday is going to be a holiday for Mocho," he added.
Lennon made it to the finals after a stunning upset win over heavyweights Cornwall College.
The Reverend Dr Donald Johnson, principal of the school, said it was like the community was on fire after that win.
"The entire school atmosphere is filled with excitement and we are very happy. The parents are always supportive of the team, and the stakeholders are also very important in the team's succes," Johnson said.
He said that over the years, the support has always been there from the community members who go to matches and cheer for the team.
"The team is humble, disciplined, dedicated, and hardworking. They have always given us the assurance that they could do it, and we are extremely pleased. There are times when the upgraded high schools are not given the recognition they deserve, and so this achievement will put Lennon in the history books," the principal said.
"We are on top in female football because we have won seven times out of nine, so while the girls are recognised, the boys aren't. So our prayers is that come Friday, we will create another upset and that we will be one of the first upgraded high schools to win the Ben Francis title," he added.