Phoenix Burn Raven’s Feathers: Varsity Football vs. Portsmouth Abbey

Team:  Varsity Football

Date:   Oct 19, 2013

Score:  Hyde:  31             Portsmouth Abby School: 8

The Phoenix travelled south to take on the Portsmouth Abby Ravens in front of a parent weekend crowd.  The Phoenix applied a powerful offensive front yielding over 400 yards combined and five touchdowns.

Evander Lenardson ’14 led the versatile attack hitting 8 of 11 passes for 164 yards and 4 touchdowns.  He hit his favorite receiver Chris Collins ’14 (6 catches for 71 yards) for two of those TD’s. Lenardson connected with Joe Stanchina ’14 on a 69 yard TD bomb and Jared Jensen ’14 (9 carries for 69 yards and 7 tackles) on a 24 yard catch and rumble to the end zone.  Meanwhile behind the solid “O – line” of Jack Howarth ’14, Zach Messina’15, Ryan Moran ’15, Sam Zanta ’15 and Austin Makris ’15,  Sean Smerczynski ’14 carried 13 times for 110 yards (and 9 tackles) and the only run TD of the game and Caleb Jones ’14 (8 carries for 69 yards and 10  tackles)

The “tenacious D” allowed only 104 yards giving up a single touchdown at the very end.  Jake Deutschlander ’15 debut on defense made several tackles with solid pass coverage.  The defensive front four of Collins, Messina, Moran and Zanta (1 sack and 3 tackles) held strong allowing only 4 first downs in the game.  Collins (2 sacks and 8 tackles on the day) kept the pressure on the Raven the QB while Stanchina had several pass deflections to stall Raven drives.  The coup de ’grace occurred midway in the second quarter as the defense held on strong and denied the Ravens the goal line on a first and goal drive.

The Phoenix… are back!

Next Games:

Monday Oct 21                         JV HOME vs. Freeport                                    3:30 PM

Saturday Oct 26                        HOME vs. HOLDERNESS SCHOOL            3:00 PM