October 27, 2012
Kent’s Hill 21
On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in central Maine, the Wolf Pack played divisional opponent Kent’s Hill School. Hyde came out strong and jumped all over the Huskies 13-0 in the first quarter. Jay Watkins ’13 scored first on a 40 yard run and Conor McLaughlin ’13 scored second on a short two yard plunge.
However, the second quarter belonged to the Huskies. They scored twice when their air attack caught Hyde off guard and the boys suddenly found themselves down 14-13 at the half.
Kent’s Hill scored again in the third quarter and Hyde was trailing 21-13 to start the fourth quarter. Hyde finally put a drive together behind punishing runs by Watkins and PG fullback Don-Don Palmer ‘13. Conor McLaughlin hit tight end Ben Krassner ’13 for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 21. Then, on the ensuing kick-off, Palmer stripped the ball from the returner and took it 25 yards for another quick score which put Hyde up 28-21 in the blink of an eye.
Kent’s Hill was not done, however, and they drove the ball the length of the field down inside the Hyde 10 yard line. On a crucial fourth and one, the Wolf Pack defense dug-in and stuffed the play and took over on downs. Watkins would then explode for an 85 yard run to seal the deal for Hyde.
It was a great win for the team which once again proved it can play from behind. Outstanding defensive efforts were had by Holt Brown ’14, who stripped the ball from a receiver in the first half to set up Hyde’s second score, and Daniel Palmer who controlled the middle of the field from his middle line-backer spot. Watkins finished the day with over 200 yards rushing, 3 TD’s, and an interception.
Hyde looks forward to weathering Sandy this week in time for Friday afternoon’s match-up with the Tilton Rams at 2:45 in Woodstock.