Football - Lower
vs. Rumsey Hall
|Date:||October 25, 2017|
The Pride looked to be in trouble early away against Rumsey as the Blue Dogs were moving the ball well on their first offensive drive and quickly found themselves on the Pride one yard line. The TP defensive line wasn’t ready to give up a score though as Peter Meng ‘19 made a huge play to play up Rumsey’s first run in the backfield. The line kept pushing Rumsey back and eventually turned Rumsey over on downs. Quarterback Eric Suits ‘20 led the Pride on a long drive in response, finding his receivers and running the ball himself all the way into Rumsey territory before they eventually ran out of steam and turned over the ball on downs themselves. The Pride offense would struggle from here and while the defense played well, Rumsey was able to break off two long runs for scores to put the score at 12-0. The Pride D held strong on both two-point conversions to keep the game close, once with a gang tackle from the defensive line and another time when linebacker Blake Shao ‘20 made a clutch goal line tackle on an arrow route to keep the Blue Dog receiver in the backfield.
The Pride offensive regained their momentum running a two-minute drill at the end of the half as Suits began to find success through the air. Jack Kalin ‘21 and Tom Lin ‘19 both made good catches to move the chains before Budd Desir ‘20 got loose on a short route and ran it all the way into the endzone for a long Pride score. Suits found Tyler Marma ‘19 on a slant route for the two point conversion to bring the game to 12-8 at the half. The Pride struggled with field position in the third quarter and suffered a few ill-timed penalties and the end result was two more Rumsey touchdowns to bring the game to 26-8. Still, the Pride were not ready to give up and as the fourth quarter began, the Pride starting moving the ball with much more success on the ground. Running back Jack Kong was a man on a mission in the late game, routinely rattling off long runs and refusing to go down from just one would-be tackler. He moved the ball 70 yards down the field nearly by himself before Tom Lin took over and finished the drive on the goal line with a nice 10 yard run. The offensive line was excellent all day handling a relentless onslaught of Rumsey blitzes and still driving their men back.
The Pride went for an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff which they nearly recovered but it went just out of bounds. The defense kept playing though and managed to force a fumble on the next drive, recovered by Peter Meng. The Pride moved the ball all the way down to the Rumsey goal line but were unable to find the endzone and turned the ball over on downs. With the lead, Rumsey was content to run out the remainder of the clock and the game would end at 26-14 in favor of Rumsey Hall. The Pride have one more game next week as they look to get revenge against their rivals at Kent.