Bath: Phoenix Football Week in Review

JV Phoenix Best Woodstock

The JV Phoenix hit the field against their sister school, Hyde-Woodstock, in a key matchup towards earning the President’s Cup. It was sunny, cool afternoon in Bath and the young Phoenix were fired up to perform in front of their parents as a part of Fall Family Weekend. The Phoenix elected to receive the ball and set the tone from the beginning.

Evander Lenardson ’14 returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown! However, it was called back due to a penalty for undisciplined play. As a result, Bath took possession at Woodstock’s 40. Woodstock’s defense shut down the Phoenix’s opening drive and forced Bath to punt. Bath then ended up with the ball and another great opportunity due to a Woodstock miscue on the punt. The following offensive drive saw nice runs by Omar Harris ’14 and Ryan Scioli ’13, who put the Phoenix on the board. The Phoenix converted for 2 points following the touchdown on a nice pitch and catch from Lenardson ’14 to Andrew Kraai ’14. The first quarter came to a close with Bath leading 8-0. The second quarter saw the Phoenix score on three spectacular plays. The first score of the second quarter came on a long run by Lenardson ’14. The point after was converted for two when Lenardson ’14 found Ethan Bryan ’12 alone in the end zone.  After a strong defensive series the Phoenix blocked a Woodstock punt and Alex Treat ’13 scampered 30 yards for the score. The following series, Ryan Scioli ’13 recovered a fumble and returned it for 6. The Phoenix entered halftime leading 30-0.

The Phoenix entered the second half proud of their accomplishments, yet energized to finish what they had started. The Phoenix defense highlighted the 3rd quarter, Brian Zuo ’14 and Zach Krieg ’13 both worked hard on the line earning nice tackles. Peter Lin ’13 and Ethan Bryan ’12 also made some key open field tackles and maintained the intensity on defense. The fourth quarter saw multiple newcomers to the sport of football taking advantage of their opportunity to get game experience. This was especially true for Nick Vrenios ’15 and Warsame Mohamed ’14 as they both made tackles and displayed tremendous growth since first stepping on to the field in early September.

It was a great day for the JV Phoenix and they should be commended for their teamwork and energy in earning the victory against Woodstock. This team will continue to find success as long as they stick together and support each other. Next up for the squad is a home game October 29th against Exeter. Kickoff is scheduled for 2pm.



Dexter Defeats Phoenix

The Phoenix were excited to hit the field this weekend, playing their first home game in three weeks and having the opportunity to play in front of their parents as a part of Fall Family Weekend. They were hopeful for a win and it was a beautiful day for some football!

Dexter started with the ball and put together a solid drive until Bemnet Banks ’12 stepped in front of a pass for an interception. The Phoenix had great field position and a score seemed imminent until Dexter recovered a fumble on their 15. Shortly after, the Phoenix had another offensive opportunity. Multiple penalties put the Phoenix in a 3rd and long situation, which led to an interception returned for a touchdown by Dexter. Hyde got the ball back and the offensive line showed significant improvement from last week, controlling the line of scrimmage and creating space to run. Unfortunately, penalties halted the Phoenix and they were forced to punt. On the ensuing Dexter possession, Jack Peters ’12 intercepted a pass on the Hyde 20 and returned it 80 yards to put the Phoenix on the board. Banks ’12 converted for two points and in the blink of an eye the Phoenix were up 8-7. The second quarter saw both teams driving on offense but neither team able to convert for points. The Phoenix continued to find inspiration on defense, especially after a sack by Zach Tolman ’12 forced Dexter to punt. Hyde entered halftime fired up to put together a strong second half.

Hyde received the ball to start the second half and put together a 5 minute drive. The offensive line continued to do a great job, but the Phoenix couldn’t convert on a 4th and 2. Hyde stopped Dexter on their next drive and responded by mixing up the play calling on offense, leading them to the Dexter 25 and bringing the game to the 4th quarter. The Phoenix drive stalled and possession was returned to Dexter. After a Phoenix penalty and a nice reverse by Dexter, they put the ball in the end zone for 6, leaving the Phoenix trailing. Hyde responded on offense and was on the verge of entering Dexter’s red zone when Dexter intercepted a pass. Dexter put together another sound drive to score again, leaving the final score at 21-8.

This was a heartbreaker for the Phoenix as the team deeply hoped for victory. The defense dug in and fearlessly attacked the Dexter offense and they continue to keep the team in contention. The offensive line had their best outing of the season. They are starting to find their feet and beginning to dominate the line of scrimmage. This week in practice, the Phoenix will work on finishing in the red zone and minimizing penalties.  The Phoenix look to earn a victory in their last home game of the season as they face New Hampton next Saturday.