After kicking off last year with a 16-14 loss at The Hun School of Princeton (New Jersey), the Cheshire Academy football team was highly motivated to see that same team again in last Saturday’s opener at home. The Cats took the lead in the opening quarter, but Hun responded in resounding fashion.
The Raiders posted a shutout in the final three quarters and scored the game’s final 38 points en route to a 44-7 road win.
“It was a tough day,” said Head Coach Dave Dykeman. “We have work to do to get better.”
The Cats fell behind 6-0, but responded with a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jack Brandon to Jackson Parker in the first quarter. Cole Baker kicked the extra point to put CA ahead 7-6.
“It was a good way to start the game,” said Parker, who went to high school in Kingston, New York before coming to CA as a post-graduate this year. “This level is different than high school, but once we started playing, I got used to the speed of the game.”
While Parker’s touchdown energized the Cats sideline, Hun answered quickly with three touchdowns to take a 28-7 lead at halftime. The Raiders returned to find the end zone two more times in the third quarter.
Behind his offensive line, Ian Franzoni scored on runs of 40 and 4 yards and converted on three two-point conversion attempts. Logan Clouse threw touchdowns to Owen Anderson (10 yards), Nick DeGennaro (65 yards), and John Parsons (10 yards). Clouse added a two-point conversion pass to Sean Childs.
DeGennaro also caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Ben Romano, who entered the game after Clouse was shaken up on a hit in the third quarter.
“Their line dominated both sides of the ball today,” said Dykeman, of the Raiders. “They did a great job up front and you need to give them credit.”
The Cats opened up running room for Jack Roberge (60 yards) in the second half, but were unable to finish drives against the stout Hun defense.
“When you can’t protect your quarterback, it makes it tough to move the ball,” stated Dykeman. “We’ll get back to practice and correct things. I really like this group and know that they can do good things moving forward.”
This Saturday, the Cats look to rebound in traveling to play Worcester Academy at 1 p.m.