Tough Contest Ends in Loss for Varsity Football

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Varsity Football

Portsmouth Abbey            28

Hyde School                    22

Hyde played its first away contest of the season on Friday afternoon in Portsmouth, RI, at Portsmouth Abbey School. The Wolfpack won the coin flip and started the game with the ball. Hyde drove the ball down the field and scored on the opening drive when center Kevin McMorrow ’12 landed on the ball in the endzone after it was jarred free from QB Derek Kubitz ’11on the sneak. The two point conversion play missed and Hyde led early 6-0.

The Ravens would answer, however, with a solid drive of their own and it was clear that the game was going to be a physical, back-and-forth battle. The next Wolfpack score came when Kubitz found wide receiver Jalen Hill ’11 for a twenty-five yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 14 a piece after Justen Wilson ’11 added the two point conversion run. Abbey scored once more before half and Hyde headed into the half down 21-14.

The Ravens scored on their opening play of the second half and put Hyde in a hole, 28-14. However, the Wolfpack responded and began to tackle and slow down the Abbey running game. Hyde was able to put together another sustained drive behindWilson’s inspired running and some great catches by Hill and Jumah Sutton ’11 (3 catches). Kubitz punched in the sneak and Wilson ran in another conversion to end the scoring, 28-22. Hyde had its chances late in the game until an untimely fumble ended its final drive and a chance to tie the game.

Additional standouts in the game included Quincy Falk ’12 at running back and linebacker, Tyler Berardino ’11 at tackle, and Zack Guidice ’12 at fullback. Kubitz had another efficient game at quarterback and wound up 10-17 with a 138 yards passing and 1 TD; he also ran 4 times for 9 yards and 1 TD. Wilson was the workhorse, rushing for 156 yards on 22 carries while scoring two two-point conversions; he also made nine solo tackles.

Hyde hits the road again on Saturday traveling up to New Hampton School in NH, for a 3:30pm start.