Mystic Valley Freshmen Fall to Northeast
The Mystic Valley Freshman Football team lost to the Northeast Knights 30-24 in what was a wild back and forth shoot out of a game.
The Eagles struck fast and first with a 30 yard touchdown pass from QB Peronert Charles to Jack Ryan and then on the next drive with a 15 yard pass from Charles to running back Sydney Guerrier. The Eagles were up 12-0 but the Knights scored on their next drive and converted for two points after the TD. The Eagles came right back as Charles threw another TD pass to Ryan giving the Eagles an 18-8 lead. On the ensuing kick-off the Knights scored and converted again bringing the score to 18-16. Just before the half ended the Knights scored and converted again taking a halftime lead of 24-18.
At the start of the second half the Eagles kicked off to the Knights who marched up the field and scored again. They could not convert and the score was now 30-18.
Despite being behind, all of a sudden the Eagles offense started to really click. The offensive line blocking that dominated all day stepped it up in the second half and gave Charles a lot of time. Coach Desantis said after the game that “the blocking of Randy O'Rourke, Robby Wentzell, Omar Alkedeh, Sean Finn, Billy Callanan, Kyle Larson, Omar Giaimo and JC Cefalo were the reason that Peronert had over 200 yards passing”. Hunter Kreis started running up the middle with 10 touches for over 80 yards on the ground and 9th grader Tim O'Donnell received a pitch, rolled right and threw an absolute laser to Syndey Guerrier for the Eagles 4th touchdown on the day bringing the Eagles to within 6, 30-24.
DeSantis made a defensive adjustment late in the game and the Eagles stopped the Knights behind the great play of 7th grader Isiah Granderson, Jonathan Powell and Tim O'Donnell. All 3 of these players were running all over the field making tackles and stopping the Knights for the first time in the game with a 3 and out.
On the next drive, the Eagles marched up the field for the opportunity to tie the game but on a 4th and 10 just missed another touchdown. Neither team was able to put up any more points. The game ended with the Knights on top 30-24.
Coach Ardizzoni said after the game "that was one of the most impressive freshman football experiences he has ever seen and told the players that this squad in the very near future will be a strong varsity program that they can be proud of."