Freelance Football Kickoff: Worcester Tops Exeter, Loomis Falls to Andover, and More

Last season, the NEPSAC Freelance League had teams like Choate and Suffield win their respective bowl games. Now, its a brand new season and teams are hungry again for a New England Championship.

Worcester Academy (1-0) 42 – 34 Exeter (0-1)

Worcester Academy enjoyed a strong 6-2 season in 2014. There was only one game where the Rams gave up more than 17 points. Fast forward one year later and it seems to be the offense which leads the charge for the Rams. Last year when Worcester and Exeter faced-off, the Rams routed the Big Red by a score of 34-0.

This was simply not the case last week at Exeter. Worcester was able to pull away in a shootout thanks to a pair of touchdowns from PG running back Jeffery Zaccardo.

Worcester head coach, Tony Johnson, said “Zaccardo is a key part of our offense this year.” Coach Johnson also noted that new starting QB Daryan McDonald ’18 is ready for a breakout season. “He is young and has some learning to do, but plays a west coast style, which is what this offense is modeled after. Daryan is a good option quarterback and is our starting QB.”

Worcester plays at home vs. Suffield Academy next week.

Coach Johnson talked a little about the matchup with the Tigers. “We are preparing for a physical game. Last year, they had the combination of size, speed, and physicality which mainly flowed through DE Christian Wilkins (Clemson). Of my 27 years of coaching, I have never seen a better player at the high school level than Wilkins. Even though he graduated, we expect the same physical playing style the Tigers have had in recent memory.”

The Rams beat the Tigers last year 20-6

Exeter will travel to Wallingford next week, hoping for a different outcome from last year, where The Big Red lost 49-0 to Choate.

Phillips Andover (1-0) 49 – 35 Loomis Chaffee (1-1)

“One of the most exciting victories in Phelps Stadium history.” –

The Andover offense rolled on Saturday, jumping out to an early lead, but Pelicans came storming back. Andover racked up over 500 yards of total offense and secured the victory on the defensive side of the ball. Loomis was shut out in the fourth quarter, and turned the ball over three times and their attempt to launch a comeback. Unfortunately for Loomis, the Big Blue defense stood tall in the fourth and secured their victory.

Loomis drops to 1-1 on the season with a home bout against TP this week.

Andover picks up a win in their opening game and will head to Kent Saturday for a 6:00 game with the Lions.

Choate (2-0) 51 – 0 (0-2) Lawrenceville

The defending New England Champions showed no signs of slowing down. Choate has routed each of its first two opponents this season. The Hogs have combined to beat Cushing and Lawrenceville by a score of 97-12. Even with the departure of two offensive stars William Harris and John Fadule, both now at Boston College, it seems as if the two are just an afterthought with the offensive power which Choate has shown so far this year.

Kevin Nusdeo '17 had a huge punt block yesterday! Crank it for special teams! @gochoate #wildboarnation #choatefootball

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With hopes to repeat as New England Champions, the Hogs’ quest will continue next week at home vs Exeter.

Suffield Academy (1-0) 14 – 7 Deerfield (0-1)

Suffield hosted Deerfield last week in a game that was a defensive struggle. After a scoreless opening quarter, Suffield scored two quick touchdowns, one being a 32 yard run from Marquez Jackson-Allen. The other, came a few plays later when Tahj Herring picked off QB Cameron Ciero and ran it back for a Touchdown. In the fourth, the Tigers were able to hold of the Doors and win by the final of 14-7.

Suffield starts the season off 1-0 and will host Cushing next week.

Deerfield drops to 0-1 and will host Hotchkiss saturday at 4:15



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