The Wolfpack Outraces Phoenix Flight: Varsity Football, Bath vs Woodstock

Team:  Varsity Football

Date:   Nov 9, 2013

Score:  Hyde Bath:  14             Hyde Woodstock: 26

The Phoenix travelled south to take on sister school Woodstock in the annual rivalry for the Presidents cup.   Both teams improvised and put up tough defenses in the first quarter.  Each team had sustained drives only to be thwarted by the opposing defense and the first 12 minutes of play ended tied zero – zero.

Woodstock opened the second on a continuation of a drive and found their footing in running back Kyle Jordan (19 carries for 159 yards) with Jordan crossing the goal line at the 9:48 to put the Pack up 6 – 0.    It got more exciting as senior linebacker – center Jack Howarth caught the kick-off and rumbled 74 yards to the Pack-6 yard line (“missed it by this much.”) Two plays later, Sean Smerczynski punched it in and also converted the 2 points for a Hyde Bath lead 8 – 6.   Two minutes and 30 seconds later Pack receiver #9 Kenny Grant caught a 29 yard touchdown pass from QB Harrison Smith to put the pack back on top 12 – 8.  Bath’s next drive stalled near midfield and they punted away.  On the pack’s first play Phoenix Caleb Jones recovered a pack fumble and 25 yards later wildcat Jared Jensen ’14 found Chris Collins ’14 (2 catches for 49 yards with 5 tackles and 3 sacks) in the end zone for the score with 21 seconds remaining in the first half and the teams went to the sunny side of the field for halftime with the Phoenix leading the Pack 14 – 12.

Woodstock took the second half kickoff to their 25 yard line.  Before the fans could finish their halftime hotdogs, Kyle Jordan covered the 75 yards in two running plays along the sideline for a score with the 2 point conversion, the Pack moved back in front 20 – 14.   Again both defenses stiffened and offenses traded possessions.  Bath’s Sam Zanta ’15 held tough with 3 tackles and 3 sacks, Zach Messina ‘15 (3 tackles and a sack) showed his versatility as he moved from D-Tackle to corner back to safety.  Pack corner back Parker Roma intercepted at the 3:28 mark. Two minutes later Casey Maccubbin ’15 returned with 3 tackles and an interception at the 1:26 mark of the 3rd to thwart a Pack drive and close the 3rd quarter with the Phoenix in possession and needing a score.

12 minutes of excitement remained.  Both teams defenses held tough against improvised and patchwork offenses. With 2:53 remaining Bath took possession after a goal line stance, stopping a 4th and 15 on their own 15.  On the next Play Pack corner back Sean Sullins intercepted an errant Phoenix pass for a “pick-six” to put the pack out in front 26 – 14.  Bath drove in the closing seconds but was again thwarted by an interception and the Pack ended the game with taking a knee at their 23 yard line.

Exciting game, long bus ride home.  See you next year.

Coach Romac