Phoenix Can’t Hang With Huskies
The New Hampton Huskies travelled to Bath on Saturday to take on the Phoenix in their final home game of the season. With snow showers en route, it was a cold afternoon in Bath, great “Maine football” weather!
New Hampton received the ball and returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown putting them up 6-0. Hyde’s first offensive possession yielded a punt, giving possession to New Hampton. New Hampton began driving, but the Phoenix defense lead by Isaac Pfosi ’12, forced a turnover on downs. Hyde responded with a solid drive and found the end zone on pass over the middle from Jack Peters ‘12 to Tyquan Ekejiuba ’13. Peters ’12 converted for two points and Hyde was up 8-6. However, New Hampton would respond. On the ensuing kickoff, New Hampton found a seam up the side and again returned it for 6. The first quarter came to a close with New Hampton leading 12-8. In the second quarter the ball changed hands numerous times. Highlights for the Phoenix included an interception and a fumble recovery both by Peters ’12. At the same time, New Hampton started to find a groove on offense, scoring twice. The Phoenix went into the halftime down 26-8.
The third quarter began with the Phoenix on offense; however, an interception gave possession back to the Huskies. The Phoenix defense held the Huskies on their first three downs, but a fake punt on 4th down caught the Phoenix off guard and the Huskies scored. Hyde couldn’t seem to find a rhythm on offense, punting twice more in the quarter. The Phoenix defense did a nice job containing the New Hampton offense, but a nicely put together drive by the Huskies helped them find the end zone again before the end of the quarter. The fourth quarter was highlighted by strong play on defense. Chris Moulton ’12 recovered a New Hampton fumble deep in their territory. The Phoenix offense responded and Bemnet Banks ’12 found the end zone on a strong run up the middle. Banks ’12 added the 2 point conversion leaving the score at 39-16 in favor of New Hampton.
The Phoenix showed noticeable improvement from last week and continue to grow as a team. They cut their penalties in half and played a full four quarters. The Phoenix have two excellent opportunities this week. The JV Phoenix welcome Exeter to Bath. Kickoff is scheduled for 2pm on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Phoenix take on Hebron under the lights at Oxford Hills. Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm.