Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BA vs. Norwich University

Sunday saw the Bridgton Football team get on track with a 21-0 shutout of the JV unit from Norwich University.  After a rough stretch against Ivy League teams Brown and Dartmouth, the Wolverine offense really got itself in gear while the defense found ways to keep the Cadets in check all day.

The opening drive of the game was a balance attack that featured a pair of first downs before Chris Mullins (Centerville, VA) found Troy Pelletier (Manchester, NH) on a 37 yard touchdown pass.  Pelletier made an especially impressive play, leaping over the Cadet DB to haul in the pass at the goal line and drive himself into the end zone.  The ensuing Norwich drive ended quickly on a three and out thanks to a TFL by Levon Atkins (Greenville, SC) and a sack by David Pratt (Woburn, MA).

After a short Norwich punt, Bridgton took over on its own 40 and immediately went on the march.  Malik Lee (Mashpee, MA) dashed off tackle for a 6 yard gain on first down, one of three consecutive runs that resulted in a first down past mid field.  Mullins again found Pelletier, this time for a 13 yard first down catch followed immediately by a Mullins to Anthony Garron (Danvers, MA) catch for 12.  Lee took the next handoff 14 yards to the Norwich 9, where Mullins reconnected with Garron for a 6 yard TD pass two plays later.  As the teams came back up the field, Bridgton had established the tone for the day and gone up 14-0.

Yet, Norwich was not to go quietly.  The Cadets' defense stiffed noticeably in the second quarter and was not to be breeched again until Jhalen Bein Amie (Boston, MA) slashed a weaving 13 yard run late in the 3rd quarter to provide the last score for BA.  The Wolverine defense was stout all day and repeatedly turned away Norwich drives.  Svenn Jacobson (Cumberland, ME) led the way with 13 tackles and an INT.  Joe Lombardo (Somers, NY) added a sack, a forced fumble, and an INT of his own.  While Nate Dunn (Marshfield, MA) added a pick of his own.  Upfront, the handy work of Dylan Owen (Somers, NY), John Strezo (Arlington, MA), Deion Doctor (Bedford Hills, NY), Josh Brown (Etobicoke, Ontario), and Joe Eitner (Milford, PA) made life very difficult on the Cadet offense.  Of special note were the efforts of Shamis Henry (Flemington, NJ) who added to his highlight film with by splitting two blockers, destroying the handoff in the backfield, and causing a fumble that Owen recovered.  It was truly one of the best defensive plays of the season.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

BA vs. Brown University

The Wolverine Football team returned to action Saturday in a tough match up with Brown University JV. The team traveled to Providence Rhode Island and the historic Brown campus to match up against the undefeated JV Bears of Brown. Though the game was not held at Brown's varsity stadium, a number of players were able to visit the varsity locker room and see the memorial lockers of Joe Paterno (Brown class of '50) and John Heisman, an alum for whom the Heisman trophy is named.

From the word go, the game was controlled by Brown. The Bears returned the opening kickoff past midfield and immediately went on the march. The drive took 8 plays, covered 48 yards, and ended with a 2 yard scoring run. When the Wolverines took their possession, the offense was unable to muster a first down and had to punt. Unfortunately for Bridgton, that punt was blocked and recovered by Brown. The ensuing drive took only one play and resulted in a 21 yard scoring pass and quickly, BA was down 13-0. After a second consecutive 3 and out by the Wolverines, Brown went on the march again. The drive stopped deep in Bridgton territory when Joe Eitner (Milford, PA) fell on a fumble for the second straight week. Even this bit of good fortune turned against BA when, on third down, the team botched a snap and Brown recovered the fumble in the end zone for a third score. This had all the makings of a truly tough day for the Wolverines.

Though the final score was heavily in favor of Brown, there were bright spots for Bridgton. Steve Main (Lafayette, CA) caught a pair of long passes from Chris Mullins (Centerville, VA). Malik Lee (Mashpee, MA) had a pair rushing touchdowns, including a beautiful 8 yard scamper late in the 3rd quarter. Svenn Jacobson (Cumberland, ME) led the defense with 11 tackles, including 1 for a loss.

From these positive notes, the team will look to bounce back against Norwich University on Sunday November 10th.