Jarvis leads Chickenhawks to another title

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ST. THOMAS - For a fifth straight season as head coach of the Charlotte Amalie High School tackle football team, Francisco Jarvis led the Chickenhawks to the IAA title.

It was the program's seventh straight championship with the first two coming under Jarvis' predecessor, Robert Massey.

Jarvis, the 2012 Daily News Tackle Football Coach of the Year, said he is staying put despite offers to coach at high schools in New York.

"Charlotte Amalie is my home," he said. "That's where I graduated from."

Jarvis, 48, guided the Chickenhawks to a 6-1 record and weathered a preseason incident between a player and an assistant coach. Starting quarterback Elisha Arnold was suspended for two games and assistant coach Ray Husband was dismissed from the program.

"First time I had to face something so ugly," Jarvis said. "Just a lot of things happened out of that incident and I wish we could do it different. That's why we coach the game - to help the kids learn how to face adversity and walk away from situations."

Jarvis estimated that last year's team may have as many college-bound players as CAHS has ever produced in the past.

"What sticks out in my mind the most is just being able to coach so many next-level players," he said. "I think this year, we can get 10 kids up in school. We had that much talent."

- Contact Tim Chapman at 714-9102 or tchapman@dailynews.vi.

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