Freelance Football Recap: Suffield Upends Exeter, Choate Cruises Past Taft, and More

Undefeated teams stayed undefeated and winless teams stayed winless in Saturday’s match ups. Middle-of-the-pack teams add wins under their belts to stay in the running. Here is your Freelance Football recap:

Phillips Exeter (0-4) 7-31 Suffield (4-0)

In another case of an undefeated team traveling to a winless team’s home field, Suffield Academy went up big against Phillips Exeter. Both teams came out ready to go in the first quarter, but neither team was able to find the end zone. With a deadlock heading into the second quarter, the Tigers were able to break the tie and began to put points up on the board. A touchdown plus a field goal brought them into the half leading 10-0.

A senior stacked Tiger’s backfield ran the ball strong from start to finish. Marquez Jackson ’16 put up 163 yards on 25 carries, creating a long night for the Exeter defense. Hunter Newman ’16 and Jimmy Turner ’16 aided the run game, as well, with 108 yards combined and they each punched it into the end zone with scores of their own.

Suffield’s run game and tough defense helped them all game long. The Tiger’s entered the final quarter with a comfortable 24-0 lead. Both teams traded touchdowns in the home stretch to put up a final score of 31-7.

The Suffield Tigers travel to Andover, MA next weekend to take on the Phillips Academy Big Blues who are playing very good football this year. Phillips Exeter looks to snap their losing streak at Deerfield Academy next weekend.

Cushing (0-4) 22-32 Andover (3-1)

Cushing Academy planned to defend their home turf and break their winless record on Saturday, but they had to go through a very complete football team from Phillips Andover Academy.

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The Big Blues from Andover played well on both sides of the ball for the whole game as they put up 12 points in the first half and only allowed one field goal to the opposing Penguins squad. Andover’s senior quarterback Robert Jones put out a solid performance, completing 12 of 17 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. A senior packed backfield, consisting of James Antoine,  Ben Anthony, and Robert Jones added 128 yards rushing. Jones ran in two touchdowns and Antoine added one to produce a strong rushing game from the Big Blues. A senior stacked receiving core for Andover produced big numbers as well. Jack Belluche and Hallvard Lundevall each hauled in a respective TD and therefore added firepower in the air to match the run game.

In the second half, Cushing kept on a pretty even pace with Andover, but it wasn’t enough to pull off the victory as the Big Blue took home the win, 32-22.

Next up for Andover is a tough one as they take on the 4-0 Suffield Tigers at home. It should be an exciting game to look out for. The Cushing Penguins will still look to break their winless streak as they face off against Loomis Chaffee at home as well.

Loomis Chaffee (2-3) 28-47 Deerfield (2-2)

Both teams came into Saturday’s game battling in the middle of the Freelance League standings. The Big Green were looking to get to that .500 mark where as the Pelicans wanted to improve to a winning record.

In an exciting game, each team battled early but with 4:38 left in the 1st Quarter, Loomis struck first on a 72 yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead. Deerfield quickly responded with their own downfield touchdown pass to knot the game up at seven. The Pelicans were able to shut down a fourth down goal line push to keep the game at an even tie heading into the 2nd Quarter.

Early on into the second quarter, Deerfield put up another touchdown to take the lead, but Loomis came right back and tied the game up at 14. The Big Green offense was able to punch the ball in with a few minutes left in the second and took the 21-14 lead into halftime. A pattern of trading quick punches was featured in the game’s first half.

The third quarter commenced with slow starts by both teams, but Deerfield was able to add another touchdown 5 minutes remaining in the third, They missed the extra point, however, resulting in a 27-14 lead. Just under two minutes later, the Pelicans scored to bring the difference to six.

With the first play of the fourth quarter, Deerfield scored a touchdown but again was unable to tack on extra points to that score. The Pelicans fought but continued to be unsuccessful in finding the end zone against the Big Green defense. Deerfield added two more touchdowns to stretch their lead to 47-21, putting the game out of reach. Loomis tacked on a final TD with a minute left in the game to make a final score of 47-28.

Deerfield looks to ride this momentum into their next match up on their home grass against an 0-4 Exeter team. The Loomis Chaffee Pelicans will try to rebound with an away game at Cushing Academy, also standing at 0-4.

Worcester (3-2) 35-27 Cheshire (2-2)

Cheshire jumped out to a fast start, with Michael Dunn ’16 returning the opening kickoff 85 yards to the house. Unfortunately for the Cats, this would be the last points they would score for awhile. Worcester started firing on all cylinders as sophomore quarterback Daryan McDonald threw a TD and ran one in from two yards out. The Hilltoppers stifled the Cheshire offense repeatedly, bringing the half to a close.

Worcester took their lead going into the third quarter and ran with it. McDonald ’16 again put up a duo of touchdowns, one running and one pass, to bring the game to 28-7. Junior running back Dervin Hylton Jr. scored with a minute left in the third to bring the score to a commanding 35-7 lead for the Hilltoppers.

Cheshire, who had been struggling to find the end zone, turned right around and scored seven of their own. That touchdown right before the end of the third quarter lit a spark for Cheshire as they shutout the Worcester offense and added two more touchdowns. Cheshire Junior CJ Holmes, caught a 20 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Steven Croce ’16 and added a rushing TD with four minutes to go in the contest. Now only down by eight, Cheshire looked to quickly get the ball back and score a TD and try for 2-point conversion. They had no such luck as the final buzzer sounded and Worcester came away with a 35-27 win. Worcester’s highlights from the game are below, but you will have to open it in youtube to watch.

Worcester Academy will travel to Choate next weekend as they take on a very good Wild Boar’s team with an undefeated record. This will be a fun contest to keep an eye out for, as the Hilltoppers look to spoil Choate’s 5-0 start to the season.

Taft (0-4) 0-42 Choate (5-0)

An undefeated Choate team took the trip to Watertown, CT this Saturday to face a Rhinos team looking to spoil their perfect record. To Taft’s dismay, they were not able to gain the upper hand at any point during the game. The Wild Boar’s started the game red hot, based in large part by a monstrous day from Sophomore running back Darian Davis. Davis had 5 rushing touchdowns in the first half, giving Choate a 35-0 lead at the midway point. Choate stood strong on defense as well, getting a fourth down sack and a huge fumble recovery. The Wild Boar’s were able to coast to the finish line in the remaining time, adding one more touchdown before the final buzzer to seal the game and take home a decisive victory.

Taft will look to bounce back after this weekend’s tough loss with an away game at Avon Old Farms. Both teams have yet to secure a win this year but that will, of course, have to change after Saturday’s game. On the other hand, Choate will stay put at home and face a solid Worcester squad coming off a win of their own.