Hyde Always Wins
The Phoenix headed south this past Saturday for their final contest of the season against the Wolf pack of Hyde-Woodstock. There was a high number of empty seats on the bus ride down as a result of some disciplinary issues on campus, but the weather was perfect for some late fall football. The name of the game was effort and sportsmanship in this rivalry matchup between the two campuses, and both teams exceeded the standard. Hyde always wins when Bath and Woodstock get together, this time it was Bath 24-14.
The first quarter saw great competition from both squads. Woodstock received the ball to start the game and began driving, entering Bath’s territory. However, a fumble recovered by Ryan Scioli ’13 ended Woodstock’s scoring chances. Bath couldn’t convert on offense and was forced to punt. A heads up play by Tyquan Ekejiuba ’13 on the punt had Hyde back in possession deep in the Wolf pack territory. Bath capitalized on the next play as Bemnet Banks ’12 ran for 6. Jack Peters ’12 converted for two points and Bath was up 8-0. Woodstock immediately responded by returning the kickoff for 6, bringing the score to 8-6. On offense Hyde began driving, however, an interception gave possession back to the Wolf pack. Shortly after Ryan Scioli ’13 recovered another fumble, giving possession to the Phoenix in the red zone. Again Bath capitalized with Banks ’12 running for 6 and Peters’12 converting for 2. The second quarter saw possession change hands numerous times and strong defensive play from both teams. Scott Bartlett ’12 made some strong tackles at linebacker and Scioli ’13 came down with an interception towards the end of the quarter. The Phoenix entered half time leading 16-6.
The third quarter began with Bath receiving the ball and putting together a strong drive. Banks ’12 had some strong runs and Peters ’12 ran for 6 from right outside the red zone, putting the score at 22-6. Possession changed hands a few times through the rest of the quarter, with neither team able to produce much on offense. At the end of the 3rd, Chris Moulton ’12 beautifully placed a punt deep in Woodstock’s territory. The Phoenix defense was determined to take advantage of the opportunity presented, and early in the 4th Bartlett ’12 forced a safety. However, Woodstock refused to quit, shutting down the Phoenix offense and scoring a touchdown making the score 24-14. With about eight minutes remaining in the game, strong Phoenix defense led by James Schnatterly ’12 secured the victory for the Phoenix.
The team ended their season unified and proud. These young men came together, despite missing many team members, and achieved their goal of earning victory. Ryan Scioli ’13 and Evander Lenardson ’14 did a great job of stepping up and contributing on the varsity squad. Special thanks to the class of 2012 for your heart and dedication to Phoenix football!