Erickson Football Recap: TP Mounts Comeback, Kent and ‘Wick Remain Undefeated, and More

This week of Erickson football was jam packed with an unbelievable comeback and some shifts in the overall standings. The season has just passed the midway point, so look for some really important games coming down the stretch. Check out some of those from last week’s action:

 

Avon Old Farms (0-2) 18-29 Kent (2-0)

The undefeated Lions took a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as they handed the Winged Beaver’s latest surprising defeat. While they played sound defense after Kent’s blazing start, Avon simply could not kickstart the offense. It seemed as if they finally gained some momentum when they scored with less than 10 second remaining in the first half, but Kent blocked the PAT and Deshawn Stevens ’16 returned it for two points to suppress the potential breakout.

Emmanuel Lacey ’16 was a huge factor for the Lions in this contest. He rushed for two touchdowns and contributed on the defensive side of the ball as well with several great tackles. He would have continued to make life hard for the Winged Beavers, but he left late in the third quarter with an apparent leg injury

Mark Michaud ’16 has one of a few bright spots so far for Avon as he scored two touchdowns for a total of five on the year so far. The defending Erickson League champions are now 0-3 overall on the year and 0-2 in league play, almost guaranteeing there will be a new winner this year. Injuries are certainly part of the equation as they are missing their best defensive lineman Evan Carp ’17, top PG running back Nick Orekoya. ¬†They will face off against the other winless Erickson team in Hotchkiss this Saturday.

Kent, meanwhile, looks like an early favorite to upset Brunswick for the league title. They face Salisbury in another key matchup as both teams are undefeated in Erickson league play.

Trinity-Pawling (1-0) 40-34 OT Taft (0-3)

With only 4.7 seconds left in regulation, TP found the end zone to tie the game at 34 and sent the game into overtime. Taft had held a 27-12 lead at the beginning of the final quarter, but the Pride furiously scored twice to tie the game at 27-27. The Rhinos managed to answer with a touchdown of their own which seemed to secure the win with only 40 seconds left in the game, but TP promptly answered with some magic of their own.

In NEPSAC overtime, each team plays out one possession from the 25 yard line and whatever the score is after that is the final. Taft received the ball first and managed to bring it all the way to TP’s eight yard line. Unfortunately, on the next play the Taft receiver bobbled the ball which TP was able to pick off, ending Taft’s possession. Until then, QB Pat Ford ’16 had been perfect with 303 passing yards and three passing touchdowns.

Now, it was TP’s turn to attempt a score in OT. They did exactly that with six straight rushes by Khaleed Exum-Strong ’16 and finally found the end zone on the sixth. The video of that run is in the tweet below.

 

TP showed some true character in their stunning comeback win which was also their first league game of the season. Last year, they finished 3-3 in league play and lost to Taft. So far this year, they are on the right track to improving upon that. This week they face arguably their toughest matchup of the season against Brunswick in what is a huge test for the Pride.

Taft suffered their second narrow defeat of the year after losing to Kent by a mere point in their opening matchup. While they certainly aim to turn their season around with a win, this weekend presents a huge challenge in accomplishing that against the defending New England Champion Choate Wild Boars.

TP showed some true character in their stunning comeback win in their first league game of the season. Last year, they finished 3-3 in league play and lost to Taft. So far this year, they are on the right track to improve on that. This week they face arguably their toughest matchup of the season against Brunswick in what is a huge test for the Pride while carrying a lot of weight in the overall standings.

Hotchkiss (0-2) 0-35 Brunswick (3-0)

The Bears added to the Bearcats woes this season with a shutout at their home turf. Most of the damage came in the first half as they took a 28-0 lead just before halftime. Running back Jason Kennedy ’16
provided two of the four touchdowns while quarterback Nicky Henkel added both a rushing and a passing score for the other two.

The win improved Brunswick’s league record to 3-0 as they hope to reclaim the league title. They have a tough tilt against TP who is coming off an inspiring win over Taft.

Hotchkiss will face Avon in the battle of the winless as that game will help clear up the race for the basement of the league.

Salisbury (1-0) 35-0 Canterbury

Salisbury had a rare Wednesday matchup against a new opponent in Canterbury. Salisbury owes this win much in part to their running back Tylor Cook ’16 who exploded for four touchdowns and 174 yards. The four touchdowns gives him an astounding 10 touchdowns through three games so far this year. Salisbury’s final touchdown came from the defense off a pick-six.

Salisbury is undefeated in league play, although they have only played one game. They face easily their best team so far in a tricky Lions squad when they travel to Kent this Saturday.