This Saturday the Hyde football team had its first preseason matchup of the season versus Hebron Academy, which also marked the first Hyde football game of the post-consolidation era. After several weeks of practices, the team was more than excited to play in a real game.
Hyde brought a great deal of intensity to the start of the game, however it took a half-quarter of play before the Hyde offense began to find its rhythm. The offensive line, after a slow start, began making their blocks, which led to a sustained drive and the first score of the game, a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jake Vasapolli ‘18 to Jeremiah Barr ‘18.
Hebron was not able to respond to Hyde’s first score or match Hyde’s defensive intensity during much of the game. The Hyde defense swarmed to the ball play after play, accounting for five quarterback sacks, and controlled the line of scrimmage. The defense was led by senior defensive linemen Max Hewitt ’18 and Quinton Felder ’18, as well as senior linebacker Ippokratis Georgiadis ’18 and post-graduate linebacker Robert Hetherman ’18.
Hyde Special teams also played well, considering that a limited amount of practice time had been given to this area of play. The only hiccup was a long kickoff return by Hebron, which would have resulted in a score if not for a TD saving tackle at the five-yard line. Again, the defense stepped up following the long return and did not allow Hebron to score.
Offensively, Hyde was able to put together several drives in the first two quarters, resulting in a score of 22-0 at what would have been the half. The offense was led by quarterback Jake Vasapolli and running back Pajebo Myers ’18. Because both teams had agreed to play only two quarters, the scrimmage ended at the half, with the score Hyde 22 and Hebron 0.
Coaches were pleased with the performance of the team, but know there is a great deal of work to be done before the team’s first regular season game next Saturday away against Kents Hill.