The JV football team traveled to Kingswood Oxford for our first game of the season today. The Wolfpack got off to a great start, marching down the field and imposing their will on the other team. However, some costly turnovers over the course of the first half altered the course of the game. Kingswood would have the first three scores of the game to lead 21-0 at the half. After making a few coaching and personnel changes at halftime, the Wolfpack came into the second half with fire in their bellies. Hyde was able to run the ball effectively and get the defense on their heels. This, coupled with some big time defensive stands brought the Wolfpack back into striking distance. We were able to drive the field at the end of the third quarter and punch it in to make the score 21-8 after a successful 2-point conversion. Unfortunately, the game ended with that score, but it was great to see the boys face some adversity in the first half and come out swinging and ready to play in the second half.
We come away from this loss with lots to work on, but also lots to build off of. Sean Duffy ‘18 lead the team from his position at quarterback with some key plays and big runs including the 2-point conversion following a tough touchdown run by Victor Wright ‘17. Wright combined with Zekun Jia ‘17 to provide the Wolfpack with some hard nose running throughout the game. These two together shouldered the majority of the carries and gave 110% from whistle to whistle. They were aided by some powerful effort put forth from the offensive line. On the defensive side of the ball, the Wolfpack got some great play from its run stopping front line of Sean McKinley ‘16, Nate McGill ‘19, Devin Peterson ‘16, and Daniel Murray ‘17. However, the story of the day on defense was the incredible toughness and heart displayed by Bronson Kirby ‘16. Coming in relief to the aforementioned D-line, Kirby made an immediate impact with a huge tackle for a loss and helped to throttle the Kingswood offense in the second half.
Overall, at the end of the day we didn’t get the result we wanted. However, many good things came out of the day that we can build on and work on in the coming weeks. We look forward to an intense week of getting better on and off the field. We hope to see you all out in support of our Varsity squad as we take on Holderness at home on Saturday.
## Go WOLFPACK! ##