Huskies Hold Off Phoenix
The Phoenix had their second contest of the season today, looking to avenge their opening week loss to Tilton. Conditions were wet, but the rain held off for most of the game. Hyde received the kickoff and lost the ball on a turnover. Kent’s Hill immediately took advantage and within four minutes of the game, the Phoenix found themselves down 8-0. The Phoenix were quick to respond and on the ensuing drive, quarterback Jack Peters ’12 found wide receiver Jonah Alexander ’12 for a 60 yard touchdown reception. Peters was successful on the two point conversion, evening up the score 8-8. Kents Hill would respond on their next offensive drive and the first quarter ended with the Huskies leading 14-8.
In the second quarter, the Phoenix defense made some key adjustments slowing the Kents Hill offense. As a result Andrew Herron ’13, James Schnatterly ’12, and Chris Moulton ’12 all recorded sacks and, after a crucial tackle by Scott Bartlett ’12 on 4th down deep in Hyde’s red zone, the Phoenix had a chance to put some points on the board before half time. A long run by Jack Peters ’12 and a nice reception by Jonah Alexander ’12 put the Phoenix into scoring territory, however, the clock would expire before the Phoenix could get a good shot at the end zone.
Strong defensive play continued in the 2nd half by both teams, resulting in a scoreless 3rd quarter. The Phoenix entered the 4th quarter knowing they had to elevate their game if they were to earn the victory today. The Phoenix defense held the Kent’s Hill offense; however, the Phoenix offense just couldn’t come up with a score, leaving the Huskies victorious at a score of 14-8.
While coming up short was discouraging, the Phoenix continue to show tremendous growth. Omar Harris ’14 saw extended time in the secondary on defense and did an outstanding job locking down the Kents Hill receivers. David Bennett ’14 saw his first action of the season and showed promise on both sides of the line. This week in practice, the Phoenix look to work on offensive execution as they prepare for Vermont Academy next Saturday.