Football Recap: Deerfield Holds Off Hotchkiss, Kent Falls to Andover, and More

After another action packed weekend, we can start to see some of the teams separating themselves from the pack. Cheshire, Choate, and Brunswick are all having impressive starts to their seasons. However, teams like Hotchkiss, Avon Old Farms, and Exeter are back to the drawing board. Let’s take a look at all of the games this past Saturday.

Suffield 16-14 Worcester 

B0QLsEBCEAIKb4WUnder the lights in Worcester, these two teams traded leads throughout the game. After a 65-yard pick-six by Knotted at 7-7 halfway through the second quarter, this was a nail biter. Both defenses played tough and physical and challenged the offense.

After a touchdown-saving tackle by Worcester on a breakaway run, the Hilltoppers pulled away by 14-10 at halftime. Through a scoreless third quarter, Jimmy Turner ’16 for Suffield broke off a 32 yard TD run in the 4th. After that run, Suffield’s defense took control. Even though Worcester had many chances late in the game to come away with a TD, the Tiger defense stood strong and turned every attack away.

One of the more exciting games this weekend, Suffield comes away with the win. Their next game against Cushing Academy this coming Saturday, October 10th.

Trinity-Pawling 25-20 Loomis Chaffee

Trinity prevailed valiantly in a hostile Loomis Chaffee team and crowd. The Pride opened with a TD on the first play from scrimmage. Khaleed Exum-Strong ’16 took a handoff and burst through the line up the middle untouched for 44 yards. He rushed for a total of 90 yards on Saturday. After another T-P touchdown and a Loomis response, T-P’s lead was slimmed to only a touchdown at halftime.

Out of the half both teams traded blows until the TP defense finally tightened up and stopped the Pelicans from scoring.

Loomis is definitely better than their record would suggest. If the Pelicans could fix some mistakes and lock down their defense, this is a team that would be a force to be reckoned with at home. T-P takes on Taft next week, and Loomis .

Deerfield 35 – 20 Hotchkiss

Lead by experienced QB Cameron Ciero ’16, Deerfield’s powerful offense put up 5 touchdowns on Saturday. Hotchkiss on the other hand struggled against Deerfield’s defense.

Being winless last season, Hotchkiss is looking for some serious changes in their program this year. Head Coach, Danny Smith, says, “We have a tighter bond already this year.” With a stress on chemistry this season, Hotchkiss is looking to fix their football reputation. They have brought a few PGs including lineman Abraham Asante. While Hotchkiss is still struggling this season, they are pointed in the right direction, watch out for the Bearcats in the future.

Salisbury 39-30 Cushing

After a devastating loss to Choate 45-12, Cushing was looking to bounce back against Salisbury this Saturday. On the other side of the ball Salisbury was coming off of a shutout against Hotchkiss. Both teams looking for a huge Win this weekend. Salisbury QB John Seter ’17, lit up the Cushing secondary for 290 passing yards this game. Not only was the passing game very strong, but the running game was dominant as well. Running back Tyler Cook ’16 ran for over 130 yard and multiple TD’s.

Although the score might indicate that this game was close, the stats would prove otherwise. Salisbury held Cushing to only 35 yards on the ground. With a pair of INT’s this game, Salisbury’s defense is looking mean this year. With that said, Cushing did score 14 unanswered points towards the end of the game. It looked like they had finally figured out how to beat Salisbury’s secondary.

Salisbury hopes to continue their undefeated season against Canterbury on Wednesday.

Choate 35-3 Exeter

After a dominating performance against Cushing in the season opener, Choate would put on a clinic against Exeter to continue their perfect streak. As reigning champs, Choate has a reputation to uphold, and so far they are living up to the hype. With 21 points in the first quarter it over almost before it started.

Exeter would score one field at the end of the half and that would be the only time the Lions would put points on the board.

While Choate has a great offense, it was the defense that stood out on Saturday. Starting the game off on special teams touchdown was like dumping cold water on the heads of all the Cushing players. Later in the quarter Choate forces a costly fumble to set up another scoring opportunity. Darian Davis had 2 TD’s in the first quarter of this game. With Exeter finally getting some momentum and knocking on Choate’s doorstep, Abu Daramy runs back a 90+ yard INT. TD Boars.

Just as the score suggests, this game was a blowout. Choate hopes to extend their undefeated streak against Phillips Andover on Wednesday.

Brunswick 36 – 13 Taft

Always a powerhouse, Brunswick football is off to an undefeated start once again. With young sophomore QB, Nicky Henkel, at the helm for the Bruins, they took on Taft in very wet conditions. Both teams scored on their first drive, however a missed extra point gave the Rhino’s a 1 point lead advantage. Taft wasted no time returning the favor by scoring on their first play of the drive, and also missing their extra point. After a few defensive stands from both teams Brunswick worked their way down the field 95 yards in 10 plays, ending it in a TD, tying the game 13-13.

At this point in the game Brunswick started to pull away. Nicky Henkel dissected the Taft defense and ended up throwing for a career high 5 TD’s. Taft did not score another point.

Brunswick will most likely improve to 4-0 on the season, taking on Hotchkiss as their next opponent.

Cheshire 42- 14 Avon Old Farms

On Saturday night, Avon Old Farms took their team to Cheshire Academy for a gridiron battle under the lights. Both teams were looking to recover from disappointing losses in the first week of play. As expected, Cheshire’s running backs were quick, elusive, and crafty. On the first play of the game one of the Chesire backs ran for 35 yards, setting up the offense nicely. However, the Winged Beavers’ defense stopped Cheshire on four downs and regained possession of the ball. Avon failed to capitalize on the drive, giving the ball back to Cheshire; whom began to find the end zone often, including a pick 6.

Avon was significantly at a disadvantage after injuries to many of their star players hampered the team as a whole. AOF will look to rebound Saturday with their first home game of the season against Kent.

Andover 14-11 Kent 

Defense was the story of this game. A relatively low scoring game came down to the last second. Andover was coming off a huge win against Loomis Chaffee 42-39. Kent was coming off a close win 21-20 against Taft. Both teams were determined from the start, but defense ultimately decided the game.

The final Kent drive was stopped by several Andover players stormed the opposing passer to bat the pass behind the line of scrimmage. The pass landed in the hands of the Andover safety. The offense came on to take a knee to end the game.

Arguably the closest game of the week, Andover pulls away with the W and retains the undefeated season. Phillips Academy goes on to play the reigning champs Choate, this will be a good test for the team up in Andover.