Monday, November 10, 2008

Wolverines End Season With a Victory

The Bridgton Academy football team ended their season on a high note defeating Dartmouth University's Junior Varsity squad 24-20 over the weekend.

Michael Wheeler (Hanover, MA) had a career game in pacing the Wolverines offense, carrying the ball 23 times for 194 yards (170 in the first half), including a 34 yard TD run in the first quarter thanks to a strong effort from his offensive line, including a couple of key blocks from Matt Gallery (Chicago, IL) and Travis Ianetta (Tewksbury, MA). Taner Boucher (Keene, NH) started the game at quarterback for the Wolverines and was described as "efficiently effective" by Head Coach Rick Marcella. Boucher finished the first half completing 5 of 11 passes for 71 yards, including a 6 yard TD pass to TE Alex Monetta (Kentfield, CA) in the second quarter.

Defensively, Craig Richardson (Revere, MA) had another outstanding game as the anchor of a strong Wolverine defense. He received plenty of help from both Kevin Sledge (Salem, NH) and Robert Carbone (Cranston, RI) who made some big plays in the secondary, as well as Giovanni Clayborne (Newton, MA) who was a big part of two Wolverine takeaways.

The Wolverines played some of their best football in the first half taking a 21-7 lead into halftime and we're able to protect that lead throughout the second half, in what was one of their most complete games all season. Coach Marcella had high praises for his Wolverine team stating: "We truly played up to our potential in all three phases of the game; we were stronger on offense, defense, and special teams. We played very well."

The Wolverines finish the season with a 5-5 record and couldn't be more pleased with the way they ended their season. There is a sense of satisfaction and excitement amongst the players and coaches alike as the players will spend the next month preparing for their Black and Grey scrimmage December 10th where they will have one final opportunity to showcase their talents.

The Wolverine football family, as well as everyone at Bridgton Academy, would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to all of the parents, friends, and family members who were there all season long in support of this years Wolverine team. Traveling to the various away games, often times providing a larger and louder cheering section then the home teams, and hosting what can only be described as a one of a kind tailgate following the games is a tradition that everyone at BA is very proud of, and was only made possible by the wonderful family and friends of this years team. On behalf of this years team and coaches, Thank You.

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