Hyde-Bath Varsity Football
Sep 29, 2012
Hyde School Bath – 13
Kent’s Hill School – 10
Phoenix Best the Huskies
Once again, the Phoenix loaded on the bus on another drizzly Saturday morning the trip was shorter than last week, and the ride home was just as sweet. Hyde took the opening kickoff and drove 40 yards to be stopped by an aggressive Kent’s Hill defense on a 4th and 2 on their 35 yard line. The Huskies went four and out and the Phoenix offense picked up 3 first downs, again driving 44 yards to inside the Husky 40, only to be stopped on a 4th and 4. The Huskies put together a 46 yard drive of their own, and drove to a first and goal on the Phoenix 8 yard line. The quarter ended with the teams knotted at zero…and the dogs at the door.
Forty-two seconds into the second quarter, Husky junior #8 Rian White dove in from the 3 yard line. Kicker #12 Jake Froelich added the extra point and the huskies were on top 7 – 0. Less than 5 minutes later The Phoenix tied the score on a 33 yard romp from Terry Norris (16 carries and 209 yards on the day). He also added the extra point and the teams were tied at 7. The teams traded possessions with each defense bending but not breaking. Finally with 1:38 remaining in the half, the Huskies drove behind freshman running back #10 Shane Blewitt (18 carries for 156 yards on the day) to inside the Hyde 20 where sophomore kicker added a 35yard field goal to close the scoring in the first half with the Huskies on top 10 – 7. Half time scores are not as important as 4th quarter final scores.
The 3rd quarter proved to be most exciting as Kent’s Hill received the kick off and then fumbled on their first play of the 2nd half giving the Phoenix a great opportunity to drive 48 yards for a score. Forty six yards and eight plays later, the Phoenix fumbled on the Husky 2 yard line! Husky Sahne Blewitt once again carried the bulk of the load as his team rode his back to the Hyde 45 yard line where the Phoenix defense stiffened and held Kent’s Hill on a 4th and 4. Husky punter Froelich put the Phoenix on the 2 yard line with 2:35 and 98 yards to go. Hyde drove 98 yards in 2 minutes and 8 seconds behind solid blocking from the offensive line and the rumbling running of Steven Dwight ’13 (16 carries and 114 yards on the day) and a Terry Norris ’13 fifty two yard bulldozer run to the end zone. He must have been tired from the jog to the end zone as the extra point was blocked, leaving the Huskies only down by a field goal.
The Huskies opened the 4th quarter with a 62 yard drive of their own ending with a 3rd and goal from the 2 yard line… and a fumble on a quarter back sneak, caused by defensive tackles Austin Makris ’15 and Zach Mann ’14, which Terry Norris ’13 recovered for the Phoenix. With 5:36 remaining in the game, the Phoenix need only control the ball on the ground and grind out the clock and possibly put add few insurance points to the board. They had to make the game interesting. A holding call and a delay of game caused the drive to sputter on the Kent’s hill 25 yard line. A coffin corner punt ended up being returned to the Hyde 47 and the game once again became interesting. The Huskies were able to drive to the Hyde 34 yard line and on a 4th and 9 with 21 seconds remaining, kicker Froelich attempted to duplicate his previous field goal success. Hyde took possession and a knee to seal their second victory. Two and oh has a nice ring to it.
Next Saturday, Oct 6, the Phoenix host Vermont Academy on the home turf Go Phoenix!