Phoenix Football outshines Hebron’s Lumberjacks

Hyde-Bath Varsity Football

Nov 5, 2010

Hyde School Bath – 9

Hebron Academy – 6

Phoenix Outshine the Lumberjacks

Two long time Maine rivals met under the Friday night lights in Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, Maine.  Both teams were hungry for a victory after losses the preceding week.  The first quarter saw both teams’ trade possessions with neither team dominating play.  Harry Smith (13 carries for 108 yards) took the ball behind the off tackle blocking of Ashton Ghaffaar (14 carries for 66 yards) and a great block down by receiver Justin Castor (2 receptions for 16 yards) for a 54 yard TD run.  The Phoenix were up 6 – 0 after a missed extra point.  The score would remain unchanged until late in the 3rd quarter.   Justin Castor intercepted lumberjack QB #31 Bobby Coleman (6 for 13 for 113 yards) to give the Phoenix another possession on Hebron’s 35 yard line.  The lumberjacks drove 38 yards in 7 plays for a 4th and 8 on the 12 yard line.  In the first of three goal line stands for the Phoenix, Captain Mike Perez (4 unassisted tackles, 8 assisted tackles, a sack, and an interception on the night) grabbed a Lumberjack touchdown from mid air and ran it back 24 yards and closed the first half with Hyde on top 6 – zero.

      In the 2nd half.  Hyde’s defense found holes in the Hebron O-line as senior Chip Wohlstetter put pressure on jack-QB Coleman and registered two sacks on the night.  Junior Zach Tolman came on strong with 9 tackles on the night and Ashton Ghaffaar added his 8 tackles to effectively close off the jack running attack.  However, #25 Caraglia Lou found his way around the Phoenix D to post 6 catches for 113 yards as well as 19 carries for 52 yards on the ground.  Ted Cercos then hit a 26 yard field goal with 4:49 remaining in the 3rd after a great 40 yard punt runback by Harry Smith, to put the Phoenix up 9 – 0.  The Lumberjacks would not quit.  They stormed back 58 yards in nine plays for a 1st and goal from the three yard line as the 4th quarter opened.   Hyde held strong for a second goal line stand.  With 4:40 remaining, Hebron drove for the third time for a first and goal, this time from the 1 yard line.  With 2:35 to go in the game on a 2nd and goal, Chip Wohlstetter hit #25 Lou hard forcing a fumble and when the pile was untangled, Chip had the ball!!!

     With only 26.8 seconds on the clock, Hebron took possession on Hyde’s 28 yard line.   #25 Caraglia Lou caught two quick passes and found himself in the end zone for the score. The two point conversion failed and Hebron lined up for an obvious onsides kick with 19.4 seconds to go….

Hyde held on for the victory.

Hyde will host the Wolfpack of Hyde Woodstock under the lights on the Bath Campus at 6:30 pm Friday night November 12th.   Plan to be there for the big finale!