Phoenix JV Football: The Comeback Kids Come up a Bit Short vs Lincoln

Team:  Junior Varsity Football

Date:   Oct 6, 2014

Hyde:  20
Lincoln Academy: 28

The Fighting Eagles of Lincoln Academy travelled south to take on the flying JV Phoenix.  It took less than six minutes for the Eagle Talons to tear at the Phoenix feathers.

In the middle of the first quarter, they jumped to a 14 point lead, followed quickly with another touchdown only a minute into the 2nd period. Hyde did put together one good drive and in the last 8 seconds Andrew Palermo ’16 tossed a halfback pass to Shane Miller ’16 for a 60 yard, shoelace tackled completion to end the first half.  This was the precursor to the 2nd half and a Phoenix emergence.

Lincoln took the 2nd half kickoff and the Phoenix – “D” stopped their drive and took over on the Hyde 35.  The Hyde offensive and defensive lines anchored by Dan Morgenstern ‘16, Ryan Moran ’15, Andrew Sterling ’15,  Jason Tang ’16 and ConnorClore ’16 began to find traction and opening and stuffed holes respectfully. At the 7:10 mark in the 3rdAndrew Palermo ’16 (22 carries for 106 yards and 1 pass for 60 yards on the day) covered 65 yards running off tackle scoring the first Phoenix TD. 17 seconds later, Ryan Moran caused a fumble of the kick off and freshman Connor Foye recovered the fumble in the end-zone for the 2nd score. The Hyde defense stiffened after an Eagle interception and forced a bad punt that was recovered on the Eagle 2 yard line.

With 6 seconds to go in the 3rd, Palermo busted up the middle for a 2 yard TD to tie the score at 20 as the period ended. The last 12 minutes saw each team battle for the last score. With 6 minutes remaining, the Eagles ran back a Hyde punt to the Hyde 9 yard line for a first and goal. The Eagles connected on a 23 yard TD pass and converted for 2 points to take a 20 – 28 lead with 6:14 to go in the game.  Hyde went three and out while the Eagles then put together a 4 minute drive to kill the clock.  The Phoenix took over with less than 2 minutes to go and came up just short of the comeback victory.

Coach Romac

Next Game: FRIDAY OCT 10     HOME vs. New Hampton School   @ 2:00 pm

Next JV Game:  Wednesday Oct 29 AT Phillips EXETER at 2:30 pm