Bath: Hyde Phoenix Football Cuts down Hebron Lumberjacks

Hyde-Bath Varsity Football                                                                                                                                                      

Nov 3, 2012

Hyde School Bath – 40

Hebron Academy – 33





Phoenix cut the Lumberjacks


The Phoenix returned “home” to host the Lumberjacks of Hebron Academy under the lights at McMann Field (usually the home of the Bath Shipbuilders) in Bath.  Phoenix fans in blue and gold faced a northern breeze as the temperature dropped and the game heated up.  The next two hours witnessed both teams trading scores, keeping the game’s outcome in question for at least 36 of the 48 minutes.


The first quarter was all Hyde as Captain Steven Dwight ’13 took the first play from scrimmage and rambled 55 yards for the score.  Less than three minutes later and on the 4th Phoenix play from scrimmage, Dwight once again rumbled 55 yards for his second score.  Less than four minutes later, another Phoenix touchdown.  This one capping a 74 yard drive in 4 plays which included a 28 yard completion to tight end Ben Burlock ’13 and a 5 yard push through to the end-zone from Terry Norris ‘13.  Eight plays and 19 points in 12 minutes seemed like a very good start.


The lumberjacks did not throw down their axes.  On Hyde’s first play from scrimmage in the 2nd quarter, Lumberjack #10 Chad Manchulenko intercepted the Phoenix pass.  Five plays later #11 Shaquille Cezot-Holmes swept off tackle for a 21 yard score; Hyde: 19 – Hebron: 7. Two minutes and 4 plays later Steven Dwight ’13 capped a 48 yard drive with his third touchdown on the evening; Hyde: 25 – Hebron: 7. With 3:34 to go in the half, #11 Cezot-Holmes scored his second TD on an 18 yard sideline run; Hyde: 25 – Hebron: 13.   On the next series Hyde was forced to punt…#11 struck again with a 66 yard punt return for his 3rd TD; Hyde: 25 – Hebron:21 with 1:02 to go in the half. 

What had appeared to be a one-sided battle in the first quarter now was a shootout. 

Hyde then took the kick off and ran it back to the Hebron 44 yard line.

Evander Lenardson ’14 (6 completions for 62 yards) found Troy Jones ’13 all alone and connected for a 44 yard score with 37 seconds to go in the half.  Phoenix fans were breathing a little better as the teams went into the half with Hyde on top 32 – 21.


The 3rd saw both teams stiffen on defense as Austin Makris ’15, Jack Howarth ’14 and Zach Mann ’14 came up with sacks and tackles in the backfield to slow the Lumberjacks down.  Lenardson intercepted, Burlock and Jones and Zach Messina ’14 all came up with stops and the Phoenix Blue “D” held tough.  At the 1:39 mark #11 Cezot-Holmes broke through and scampered 75 yards for his 3rd score!  On the ensuing two point conversion, the Lumberjack running back fumbled on the 7 yard line.  Terry Norris scooped up the ball and ran away from everyone for 93 yards… for the 2 points.  Hyde led 34 – 27 with 1:39 to go in the 3rd, and they would get the ball back.


As the quarter closed Steven Dwight and Ben Burlock combined to bring the ball to the Hebron 2 yard line.  Terry Norris closed the deal with 18 seconds gone in the fourth; Hyde 40 – Hebron: 27. 

Five seconds later #11 scampered 54 yards for his 4th TD!  With most of the fourth remaining, Hebron had stayed in the game with a score Hyde: 40 – Hebron: 33.  Dwight was not to be denied.  Or so it appeared.  From the 48 yard line, he busted off tackle, running 47 yards to the 1 yard line…

before he was tackled and stripped of the ball…that then went out of bounds in the end-zone:

touchback – Hebron ball on their 20.


Lenardson came up with his second interception and Hyde dragged the clock four and a half minutes to a 4th and 17 from the 17 yard line with 1:31 to go in the game. 

The attempted field goal went wide…

but the lumberjacks hit kicker Norris, Hyde ball and first down.


Three “knee’s” later and Hyde had its fourth victory. 

Hyde hosts the final game of the season next Saturday the 10th at the “real” home of the Phoenix at 2:00 pm versus the Wolf pack of Woodstock.   Go Phoenix!