Seniors fuel Thanksgiving drubbing
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Wed., Nov. 28, 2012
Before Enfield High School celebrated Thanksgiving, they honored their seniors and then played the season finale football game with the Sports and Medical Sciences Academy/University Tigerhawks (3-7). Seven seniors contributed on touchdowns, with six crossing the goal line in the Raiders 50-16 drubbing of their Pequot Conference opponent on Nov. 22. Enfield snapped a three-game losing streak to finish the season with a .500 record (5-5).
“I’m proud of our kids today. Our seniors, they worked hard,” said head coach Jay Gaucher. “I know 5-5 wasn’t their ultimate goal when they started the season, but it was a group that worked their butts off to get to be able to be in every football game. In the last four games, we have been playing some really good football and I was proud to see that we were able to get a victory today because [of the last three games] we didn’t really have a victory to show for it.”
The senior class set the tone early for the Raiders when quarterback Kyle Maynard connected with Mike Crowley on a 48-yard catch and run for a touchdown. After a three and out by SMSA, the Raiders tipped the punt and took over in favorable field position. Enfield took a 14-0 lead just three plays later on a 19-yard run by senior Nick Bevilacqua. The Raiders took a shot to put the game out of reach early and it paid off as they recovered senior Anthony Trotta’s onside kick. On the next play from scrimmage, Maynard hooked up with senior Sean Gill for the 21-0 advantage.
At the end of the half, Enfield was up 35-0, following a 2-yard run by senior Shaquille Jessop.
In the third quarter, Maynard tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass to senior Ethan Bartlett to extend the lead to 42-0. Senior Nick Ferguson capped off the Raiders' output with a 37-yard run in the fourth quarter. Kadeem Johnson scored on runs of 13 and 37 yards for Sport Sciences.
Bevilacqua rushed for 109 yards and two scores, while Maynard completed 10 of 15 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns.