Phoenix Football Falls to the Highlanders of Pingree

Hyde-Bath Varsity Football

Oct 30, 2010

Hyde School Bath – 7

Pingree School – 40

Phoenix Fall to the Highlanders

The Phoenix took to the field knowing they would have to execute and not make many, if any mistakes in order to best the Highlanders of Pingree School.  Both the offense and defense had moments where all the pieces came together to extend a drive or stall the potent Highlander offense.  However, the undefeated Highlanders demonstrated why they are five and zero.  Taking control of the game early, they scored 21 unanswered points in the first quarter behind the running of #21 Will Walfield and #3 Kenny Andinkra and a the passing receiving team of QB #7 Brendan Oliver and #81 Bandon Parker.  The score may well have been 14 – 7 as Hyde did post a score after a solid eight play 45 yard drive on a nice touch pass from Harry Smith after a scramble from the pocket to Justin Castor. Unfortunately for the Phoenix the play would be nullified due to an illegal man down field on the play.  This misfortune would be a precursor to the afternoon.

The second quarter opened with Pingree taking to the air as QB found #11 Kyle Jamerson for two long completions and a touchdown.  Again the Phoenix were thwarted as the defensive front lead by seniors Chip Wohlstetter and Mike Perez were able to pressure and sack the Highlander QB only to have him find an open man at the last second.    The Phoenix offense was able to mount another eight play drive, again to be thwarted by a penalty and great downfield pass coverage by the Highlanders.  Wohlstetter recovered a Pingree fumble to give the offense another shot in the second.  However the drive stalled and then Pingree blocked the punt.  Ted Cercos made a TD saving tackle as a highlander scooped the ball and ran over 40 yards.   The Highlanders drove it home for a TD 3 minutes later to go up at the half 34 – 0.

      The second half opened with Pingree pinning the Phoenix on the six yard line after the kick off. 

On a 3rd and 2, the snap was fumbled and Highlander #54 Shayan McGee rumbled in and covered the ball for another Pingree TD.  40 – 0 with only 1:03 gone in the 3rd.    The Phoenix offense roared back with a 69 yard, 7 minute scoring drive.  Harry Smith dove off tackle on a keeper and Ted Cercos added the extra point, and the Phoenix were finally on the board.  The defense stepped up as juniors Zach Tolman and Scott Bartlett combined with Ashton Ghaffaar and Jonah Alexander to stop the robust running attack and potent passing game for the remainder of the second half.  However, the mold was set and the score ended 40 – 7 with Pingree remaining undefeated.  The Highlanders will face the Huskies of Kent’s Hill School as the Phoenix will play Maine rival Hebron Academy at Fitzpatrick Field in Portland next Friday the 5th at 7:00 pm.