Monday, November 14, 2011

BA Secures Win In Last Game of Season

In the final game of the season for the Wolverine’s football team, they went down to New Hampshire to face off again the Hawks of St. Anselms College. Bridgton came into this game having lost three out of the last four games they had played and were looking to finish the season on a high note.

Bridgton won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. It only took three plays for Bridgton reach the end-zone on a beautiful throw from Mitch Graziano (Kingston, MA) to Derek Beck (Martinsville, NJ), unfortunately a late flag brought the play back.

The wolverines recovered and worked their way down inside the three yard line on a great run by Josh Morales (Mount Sinai, NY), but again the play was called back with a penalty. Finally, Graziano made it into the endzone on a run of his own without any penalties and scored BA's first point of the game.

The Wolverine's defense came out firing as well, giving no ground to the Hawks. Tre Sanders (Alexandria, VA), who is normally a middle linebacker, played a spectacular game at nose guard and consistently found his way into the backfield to disrupt the play.

The Hawks were unable to score until the second half. Bridgton Academy quickly put two more scores on the board before the end of the first quarter. The score 21-0 lasted until the 3rd quarter when The Hawks put a field goal through the uprights to make it 21-3. Bridgton couldn't find the groove on offense and St. A's took advantage.

The next score was a catch from BA Alum Nick Marcella '10, son of Coach Rick Marcella. Coach Marcella admitted to quietly rooting for his son on the play saying "He's open.......don't drop" St.Anselm's made the score 18 to 21 after the 2 pt conversion also caught by Marcella.

BA found their groove just in time with a great catch and run by Coley Graham (Hamilton, NY) to seal the game 28-18. Bridgton Academy finishes their season with a record of 6-3.

Congratulations on a great year!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Dartmouth Downs BA 21-12

The Bridgton Academy Wolverines traveled down to Hanover, New Hampshire this weekend to play the Big Green of Dartmouth. It took Bridgton a quarter to get off the bus, and by the time they came around, the score was 21-0 Dartmouth. The BA defense was forced into tough positions due to dropped passes, some of which resulted in tip-drill interceptions, and missed assignments. Dartmouth never found the score board again, however, as the BA defense found a way to get it done. Bridgton in the second half managed to score twice, but it wasn't enough. Dartmouth put pressure on the quarterback all day especially in the second half and managed to hold on to the victory, 21-12.

This game was all about starting and finishing. Bridgton started slow and couldn't finish, which led to their 3rd loss of the season. Bridgton travels to St. Anselm's in Manchester, NH next Sunday for their final game of the season.