Ravens Soar Over Phoenix
The Phoenix hit the road for the second week in a row and voyaged to Portsmouth, Rhode Island to take on the Ravens of Portsmouth Abbey. It was a mild and windy day in Portsmouth, a great day for some football. It was evident from the onset that the Phoenix were not ready to compete with the Ravens.
Portsmouth scored on their first four offensive possessions of the day. On offense, Hyde couldn’t respond, and didn’t gain a first down the entire first quarter. The second quarter began with a glimpse of promise for the Phoenix as linebacker Zach Tolman ’12 recovered a Portsmouth fumble giving Hyde the ball around midfield. Unfortunately, Hyde’s offensive woes continued as they fumbled the ball away, leading to another scoring drive for Portsmouth. Hyde entered halftime with three turnovers, and trailing by 34 points.
Hyde started out with the ball in the second half, and made some personnel adjustments in hopes of increasing production. Hyde had better luck moving the ball, but still couldn’t manage to find the end zone. On defense, Jonah Alexander ’12, made a nice interception halting a Portsmouth drive. Hyde responded by fumbling the ball away, leading to another Portsmouth score. The fourth quarter saw Hyde playing some solid defense, but still no luck on offense. Portsmouth tacked on another touchdown towards the end of the game leaving the final score at 48-0.
It was a tough day for Hyde football, as hopes were high going into the game. If the Phoenix aspire to earn a victory, significant adjustments in attitude and execution need to be made. This upcoming week is full of great opportunities. The Phoenix must put this defeat in the past. The JV Phoenix face Woodstock on Friday and Dexter comes to Bath on Saturday. The Phoenix must have a focused week of practice if they look to be victorious in front of their parents this upcoming family weekend.