Erickson League recap week 2

Cheshire 35-14 ‘Wick

A year later, and not much has changed. Cheshire obliterated Brunswick last Saturday in a rematch of last years Wayne Sanborne Bowl by a score of 35-14. Despite a big good start to the season against Hotchkiss, Brunswick looked lost against Cheshire, the far superior team in last week’s matchup. Cheshire’s quarterback Josh Comune ‘19 was the star for the Cats as he led the team to a great offensive output. Going into the game however, Bruins quarterback Nick Henkel was supposed to be the better prospect. In the game, however, his performance didn’t live up to expectations against the vaunted Cheshire defense. Brunswick looks to bounce back next week against a struggling Kent team, while the Cats take on Suffield in a battle of unbeatens next Saturday.

 

Andover 17-7 ‘Bury

Saturday, October the 30th Andover traveled to Salisbury School and came away with a 19-7 victory over the Knights. With this loss Salisbury drops to 0-2, with their previous loss coming 42-20 to Taft. The Phillips Andover Golden Warriors move to an impressive 3-0 on the year with previous wins coming against Hotchkiss and Loomis. Andover scored a 4th quarter 85 yard TD by RB Andrew Antonucci ‘18,  to seal the deal in what was otherwise a defensive slugfest, with both teams being lead by their defensive leaders; Salisbury LB Zachary Banks ‘18, and Andover LB Adam Cohen ‘18.  A huge goal line stand by the Golden Warriors, followed by the aforementioned touchdown were the penultimate and ultimate plays for Andover. Neither team had much success on third down, as Andover went 2-12 and Salisbury went an atrocious 0-11. Salisbury will look to offensive leaders WR Winston Jules ‘19, QB Jacob Goldstein ‘18, and RB Alex Indelicato ‘18 to spearhead their attempt to salvage an otherwise lost season so far.  Andover looks to keep up their winning streak against Choate at 6:45 this coming Saturday, while Salisbury has a big home game against their rival Hotchkiss under the lights in one of the last chances for Salisbury to put themselves back into Erickson League contention as undefeated Brunswick and Avon Old Farms are ready to separate from the pack.

-Ben Burstein

 

Taft 26 – Williston Northampton School 12

 

On Saturday night the Taft School hosted their first night game of the season vs Williston Northampton. In their previous meeting, Williston was able to pull away with a win by a score of 42-41. Taft was determined not to let this happen again, they made sure of it by beating Williston 26-12.

September 30, 2017: Varsity Football v Williston Northhampton. (Photo by Robert Falcetti/Taft)

Defense is what kept Williston in the game. Their defense was able to intercept Taft quarterback Nolan Grooms ‘19 twice and also held him to 53 yards passing. For Williston, key contributors on the defense were Elijah Hutchinson ‘18 who had an interception, and Xavier Thibault ‘19 led the team with 9 tackles while Ben Normandin ‘19 also contributed 8 tackles of his own. However, this was not enough to take down the Rhinos. The Taft defense matched the Williston defense as OLB Zane Segalas ‘18, Jordan Agudosi ‘18 and Liam Akpata ‘19 combined with 17 tackles. Taft running back Alex Jones ‘18 rushed for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns to secure the win. Will the Rhinos be able to keep their winning streak alive? They will have to face the Pride of Trinity-Pawling who are looking to rebound from a tough couple of losses to Avon Old Farms and Loomis Chaffee. Kickoff is scheduled for this Saturday at 4PM on the campus of Trinity Pawling.

 

By Ryan Smith ‘18

Loomis 24-22 TP

Trinity Pawling has had a bad start to their season, with an 0-2 record. This game against Loomis was close, and wasn’t decided until the last minute.  Loomis marched right down the field and put up an easy seven points on the Pride’s Defense.  Re’mahn Davis ’18 was having none of that as he was able to drive his team down the field to get a touchdown of his own, but TP missed the extra point, and the halftime score was 7-6. TP came out of the gate in the second half with a 65 yard run by Chizurum Umunnakwe ’18, who bulldozed his way in for six. Loomis answered their very next play, and held a one point advantage, 14-13 Loomis. Later in the game TP was down by seven with less than two minutes to go. Re’mahn Davis ’18 had a 46 yard run to pull within one, but TP decided to go for two. They missed and the game was over.

-Henry Spearman ‘18

 

Avon 41-21 Kent

Avon went to Kent with the intent of a blowout, but that wasn’t the case as Kent made Avon work for their win. Kent was a heavy underdog. They were able to stop Avon on the goal line and forced a turnover, but Avon said enough. Casey Rogers ‘18 took the punt to the house as Kent stalled on near their goal line. Kent held fast and was able to stay within reach of Avon at the half with a score of 21-13 in favor of the Winged Beavers. Avon came out of the half rolling, scoring on their next three drives, putting them up  41-13. Kent was able to bounce back with a rushing touchdown near the end of the game to have the final score of 41-21 Avon.

Henry Spearman ’18