Phoenix Run over the Bulls: Varsity Football vs. Holderness

Team:  Varsity Football

Date:   Oct 26, 2013

Score:  Hyde:  34             Holderness School: 15

The Hyde hosted the Holderness School Bulls in front of a capacity family weekend crowd on the Phoenix Field last Saturday.  The Bulls came out passing and the Phoenix came out running.  In the first quarter both teams moved the ball on their first possession, yet failed to cross the goal line.  Then with 4:06 to go in the 1st period Bull tailback # 22 Raymond Jackson bulled his way into the end zone capping a 65 yard drive, with Stephen Wilk adding the extra point putting the Bulls on top 7 – 0.

The kick off went to Brunswick’s own Jared Jensen on the Hyde 25 yard line.  Jensen took off and eleven seconds, 75 yards and a two point conversion from Lenardson to Collins later, the Phoenix were flying 8 – 7 with 3:55 to go in the first period.  They never looked back.

Two minutes into the second quarter Evander Lenardson ’14 (4 for 8 attempts for 79 yards on the day) connected with senior (Roll Tide) Joe Stanchina for a 51 yard TD and the Phoenix extended the lead to 14 – 7.   The Big-D stifled the Bulls passing attack with Sean Smercynski ’14 leading the way with 8 tackles and a sack, while Jack Howarth ’14 (7 tackles), Jake Deutschlander ’15 (6 tackles) and Omar Harris ’14 intercepting an errant Bull pass.  With 4 minutes to go in the half, Hyde drove the ball 78 yards with Jensen capping the drive on an 8 yard drive up the middle for the score with Chris Collins ’14 (2 catches for 22 yards,4 extra points and 9 tackles) making it 22 – 7 with 1:10 to go in the half.

Never let a bull out of its pen.  Holderness QB #16 Liam O’Rielly put together a quick 59 yard drive that culminated with a 13 yard TD pass to # 11 Jason Nunez with two seconds to go in the half and the teams went into the lockers at halftime Hyde: 22 the Bulls charging:13.

The third quarter saw both teams stiffen their defenses while both offenses sputtered at key points.  On a second and goal from the 2 yard line, the Phoenix fumbled the ball away in the end zone for a touchback to end a drive.  Hyde stopped two 4th and short for possession turnovers.  The third period closed with Hyde still on top 22 – 13.

The fourth opened with Hyde taking possession on a 4th and 3 that the Bulls failed to convert with Hyde taking over on its 37 yard line. A six minute drive, behind the running of Sean Smercynski ’14 (12 carries for 73 yards), Caleb Jones ’14 (5 carries for 67 yards 7 tackles and a sack), ended with Jared Jensen ’14 (15 carries for 112 yards) bulling in his 3rd TD on the day at the 5:44 mark in the 4th to put Hyde up 28 – 13.

The next 2 minutes would be very exciting.  On the second play after the kick off, Caleb Jones stripped the ball from Bull-Back Jackson and charged 35 yards for the TD to make it 34 – 13.

Never let the bull out of its pen.  On the extra point attempt, Bull #40 Ben Tessier rumbled 97 yards after blocking the kick to put another two points on the board for the Bulls and make it 34 – 15.

Holderness charged back with a last ditch 62 yard drive.  In the red zone with 1:42 seconds remaining, Jared Jensen had enough of the Bulls and intercepted O’Rielly pass to rope down the Bull drive and give the Phoenix its second victory in as many weeks and even their record at 3 and 3.

Coach Romac

Next Games:

Wednesday Oct 30     JV HOME vs. Exeter School     1:30 PM

Saturday Nov 2    HOME vs. HEBRON ACADEMY     6:30 PM

Under the lights at Morse High School McMann Field

Saturday Nov 9    AWAY vs. HYDE WOODSTOCK    2:00 PM                                                                                                                                                (Connecticut)