Freelance Football Recap: Choate Extinguishes Andover, Worcester Trounces Lions, and More

Andover (1-1) 15-27 Choate (3-0)

A Wild Boars 55 yard kick return for a touchdown by Abu Daramy ’16 effectively ended Andover’s hope of a comeback at the beginning of the fourth quarter. With the score, Choate took a 27-8 lead which held until a minute left when Andover’s Jack Belluche ’16 found the end zone for only their second score of the day. The loss dropped Andover to 1-1 in league play while Choate won their 15th game in a row, stretching over three seasons.

The contest endured a slow start as both teams failed to score in the first quarter. Choate finally found the end zone in the second quarter, but really took off in the third quarter with two touchdowns. Andover answered with one of their own, but their defense failed them with the return mentioned above.

All four of Choate’s touchdowns came on the ground as junior QB Pat Piscatelli rushed for one, running back Darian Davis ’18 for one, and Daramy also added a rushing touchdown on top of his kick return. Coach Spinnato said this about the win: “We adjusted and played pretty sound defense.”

Andover took their first loss of the year after two convincing wins against Loomis and Kent. They will aim to get back on track against a winless Cushing squad this Saturday. Their highlights from this contest are below, but you will have to watch the video on youtube.

For Choate, the 27 points was the least amount they have put up since November 1, 2014 against Loomis. They have a favorable matchup at Taft for this week.

Worcester (2-1) 49-20 Deerfield (0-2)

Worcester QB Daryan McDonald ’18 went off against unfortunate Deerfield as he threw for two touchdowns and added two more on the ground. In addition, PG running back Otto Zacardo piled on two of his own. All together, it was a convincing win for the 2-1 Hilltoppers. The win vaulted them to third place in the league over Andover. Worcester’s highlights can be found below.

Deerfield, meanwhile, dropped their second league contest to fall below .500 at 1-2. They failed to build off the momentum of their victory against Hotchkiss last week. This Saturday they have a pivotal matchup against Loomis to try and resurrect their season.

Worcester will host a tough team in Cheshire in their first non-league matchup of the year before they gear up for a huge tilt at Choate.

Suffield (3-0) 35-16  Cushing (0-2)

Suffield continued their undefeated season with a solid victory over the Penguins. The team has already improved upon their opening record from last year when they lost their second game to Worcester. They still went on to win a New England Bowl game against Cheshire.

This year, the Tigers aspire to acquire a spot in the main bowl game, but they will have to go through Choate to achieve that. They do not play for another three weeks, but in the meantime Suffield will take on Exeter and Andover, starting at Exeter this Saturday.

Loomis Chaffee (1-1) 46-21 Exeter (0-3)

The 1-1 Pelicans jumped all over Exeter as they took a commanding 34-0 lead into halftime. Exeter attempted to make it a game by scoring two quick touchdowns at the beginning of the third quarter, but Loomis quickly quelled any hopes of a miracle as they added another score late in that same frame.

Credit: Loomis Football Twitter

Credit: Loomis Football Twitter

Exeter’s struggles have continued from last year’s 2-6 season with an 0-3 start. Unfortunately, they have no easy task next week of amending that with a tough matchup against undefeated Suffield Academy.

Loomis sees the opposite end of the spectrum against Deerfield who is winless in league play as they hope to gain momentum from this victory.