Phoenix Bitten Once by the Huskies

Hyde – 0
Kent’s Hill School – 6

A cold wind blew on the hill as both MAISAD rivals prepared for their first win of the season.  Kent’s Hill took first possession on their 30 yard line and succeeded in driving to a first and goal primarily behind the running of #4 Ryan Dorso (18 carries for 141 yards).  The Hyde defense stiffened behind big hits from Mike Perez ’11 and Ashton Ghaffaar ’11, and forced a 4th and goal turnover on downs.  The first Hyde possession demonstrated the struggle that the offense would endure all day.  Three and out forced a great punt from the end zone by Ted Cercos’11 pushing the Huskies back to their 30 yard line for their second possession.  Harry Smith ’11 (10 carries for 37 yards and 5 unassisted tackles) intercepted QB Travis St. Pierre to stop the drive and end the first quarter with the score knotted at zero.

Again the both offenses sputtered, trading punts and field position.  With 3 minutes to go in the half, the Huskies drove 66 yards to a first and goal from the 9 yard line with 17 seconds remaining.  On a 4th and goal, Hyde’s Zach Tolman ’12 stuffed QB St Pierre on an option to end the goal-line stance and the half, still tied at zero

The second half opened colder than the first as the wind picked up and the temperature fell.  After two first downs and driving from the Husky 26 yard line, Husky linebacker Jacob Friedman intercepted a wind driven pass.  On the next play, Husky QB St Pierre found # 8 Patrick Huard open for a 68 yard TD pass for the first and only score of the game. Hyde’s defense stuffed the 2 point conversion and with 8:39 to go in the 3rd Kent’s Hill was up 6 – 0.

The teams traded possessions and with 3:42 remaining in the 3rd, Hyde put together two first downs on runs and passing.  On a 3rd and 12, the Huskies blitzed and sacked Ted Cercos causing another stopped drive followed by another great punt.   Hyde regained possession with 10:30 to go in the game and were again foiled by a sack and an interception.  But again the defense held and regained the ball with 6:30 to go.  Three and punt (another great punt by Cercos!).  At the 3:01 mark, Kent’s Hill was again in the red zone after a 52 yard pass strike from St Pierre to Dorso.  On the very next play, Mike Perez and his teammates rocked Dorso in the back field causing a fumble recovered by Perez.  With 2:32 Hyde sputtered with the wind and faced a 4th and 25 with 1:24 remaining.  After scrambling from the blitz Ted Cercos found Zayd Atkinson ’11 wide open for a 45 yard completion…only to be called back for an ineligible man down field.  Sigh…  The 4th and 30 was unsuccessful and Kent’s Hill notched their first victory of the season on a one play bomb that bit the Phoenix.

Hyde will host Portsmouth Abby Ravens from Rhode Island during the fall family weekend on the Bath Campus at 2:00 pm.