Friday, September 2, 2016
Thomas S Wootton High School
Long Game Big Win
By: Abigail Russ
The Patriots dominated the entire game Friday night in a big win over the Springbrook Blue Devils winning 47-12. They pushed through the sweltering heat, cramps and many injuries, but nothing could derail their determination to come out victorious. A late interception by Elijah Trent with a 65 yard return for a touchdown secured the game. A few plays later the game was ended with Niko Jonesâ fumble recovery starting the last drive for the Patriots. Jones had a great game with 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery, two of which lead to Wootton touchdowns.
Quarterback Grant Saylor completed most of his passes and did a great job of staying calm under pressure. He wasnât sacked once during the game, and he and the offense scored very quickly. The Patriots had minimal three and outs throughout the game. Saylor threw a great pass to Trent into double coverage in the first quarter resulting in a touchdown and Woottonâs first points of the game. The drive was a short 7 plays and ran only 3:07 off the game clock. After the first of Jonesâ interceptions, Saylor connected with a wide open Kevin Choi in the endzone for a 14-0 lead with 8:56 left in the first.
Kicker Sanjay Krishnan had many great kicks with one being downed right outside the endzone causing bad field position for the Blue Devils. The defensive line did a great job of putting pressure on quarterback Trevon Ruffin and made him scramble countless times. James Hollingsworth specifically pressured Ruffin into throwing incomplete passes to avoid the sack. Alec Yassin brought pressure once again on the next play, bringing up 4th and 9 and forcing Springbrooke to punt. Jacob Rosenblatt, Nick Baldwin, Tony Hesseloff, Phillip Garrett, and Joey Roach, were all over the field stopping passes, and linemen Geoff and Mike Pisarra stopped the running game. Penalties plagued both teams during the game wiping out multiple touchdowns and long runs. On Woottonâs next defensive drive Geoff Pisarra capitalized on a bad snap, sacking the quarterback and bringing up 3rd and 8. The Blue Devils scored on the drive but all the defenders stayed with their guys and Hesseloff just missed batting the ball away for a Springbrooke Touchdown in the end of the 1st quarter.
Running back Dean Spitz dragged tackles after him on multiple occasions to maximizing the amount of yards gained. On many plays it looked like Matt Amobi was tripped up but he regained his balance and broke tackles running for many Patriots first downs. Jones had his second interception with 7:20 left in the second quarter after Springbrook tried a long screen for a second play in a row. Spitz scored Woottonâs 3rd touchdown after the entire offensive line helped in pushing the pile over the goal line. When Springbrook tried to respond on the next drive, Hesseloff and Roach were on their guys preventing a 1st down and Jones intercepted the ball on 3rd and 1 ending the Blue Devils drive. Unfortunately the Patriots couldnât capitalize on the interception but the defense did play well in Springbrooks no huddle offense where Yassin was there to tackle the runner for a loss on 1st and goal and break up a pass in the endzone on second. On 4th down of that same drive, Roach blocked the Blue Devils touchdown hopes once again to end the half with Wootton leading 21-6.
The Patriots began a long second half on a high note with Mike Amobi stripping the ball and Hesseloff recovering it at the Wootton 16 yard line. The fumble lead to Matt Amobi breaking through a tackle and sprinting down the sidelines for an 84 yard touchdown. After 8 plays and 49 yards, Saylor connected with Noel Miller in the endzone bringing the score 33-6. After a great kickoff, Yassin sacked Ruffin for a 6 yard loss. The defense played well on that drive but Springbrook got their second touchdown, and their last points of the game, when kicker Zack Smith missed his second extra point.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter Saylor finds Phillip Nkrumah who escapes 3 defenders and runs 67 yards for a touchdown bring the score to 40-12.
The Patriots played very well on both offense and defense and advance to 2-0. Their next game is at Quince Orchard on September 16.