What a great season for the Huskies! I'm glad we ended the season on a high note with our best game of the season. The MW Black team scored 26 points in the first half from great blocking on the offensive line lead by Scott Smith, Paul Lissuzzo, Clayton Davis, Aidan Crosby, Noah Sherman, Pete O'Connell and Connor Foley. Ryan Chapman began the scoring with a 15 yard ziz-zag into the end zone and Pete O'Connell kicked the extra point under great pressure and even a roughing the kicker. Dylan Swope then dashed 35 yards into the endzone with a juke at the five-yard line that left the last remaining defenseman frozen in his spikes. The swarming defense held the Colts again while Cody Binder and Dylan Swope dragged down the Colts backs as they attempted to get outside. On 3 and 8, Ryan connected on a 20 yard strike to Pete O'Connell who kept his feet in bounds at the goal line for the Huskies' third score. Right before the end of the half, Evan Beebe broke through the line for 25 yards and about 5 tacklers to make the score 26-0 at halftime. In the second half, the Huskies defense continued its pressure with great hits from Evan Beebe, Pete O'Connell, and Aidan Crosby. Paul Lissuzzo, Noah Sherman, Ryan Meadows, Connor Foley, and Evan Kavanaugh broke through the line and had tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Ryan Chapman, Scott Smith, and Clayton Davis attacked the quarterback from the outside when they tried to pass. Andy Reese showed up with cast on his arm and cheered on this teammates. We ended the season with a second half the kids will remember by switching around positions and the backfield on offense. Paul Lissuzzo, Clayton Davis, Pete O'Connell, and Aidan Crosby all had a chance to run the ball hard and finish out the game. I wish we would have had the ball a few more times to give more kids a chance to switch around positions and carry the ball. The only thing missing to make the day perfect were the other players who were not able to make the game, Charlie Donlin, Joaquin Lopez, and James Morelli.
Of course, a MW Black game would not be complete without the cheering of Bella Davis, Hannah and Charlotte Crosby, Kelly and Sarah Chapman, Sofia Lissuzzo, and Megan O'Malley (I hope I did not miss anyone).
The PAC-10 MIDDLEWEIGHT (BLACK) team lost to Cary 19-0. The Huskies kept the ball almost the entire first quarter with a key 4th down catch by Cody Binder to keep the drive alive. The Huskies pounded the ball led by Pete O'Connell playing fullback for the first time and following blocks by Connor Foley. On defense, the Huskies had key tackles by Charlie Donlin and Evan Kavanaugh.
MW Pac 10 Black team lost to Crystal Lake 12-27. On the first Huskie drive, Dylan Swope went down with a sprained wrist. Though he wanted to come back into the game, the medical staff would not release him. Great blocks by Aidan Crosby, Connor Foley, and Pete O’Connell allowed Ryan Chapman to run 55 yards for a TD. Evan Beebe ran 60 yards on blocks by Joaquin Lopez, Andy Reese, and James Morelli. Ryan Chapman followed Scott Smith’s block into the end zone to make the score 12-14 in the 3rd quarter. Charlie Donlin and Cody Binder made touchdown-saving tackles and the defense recovered a fumble in the second half. Clayton Davis made key tackles and continued to run sideline to sideline in pursuit of any opposing ball carrier. Ryan Meadows hurt his ankle but was able to return in the second half to play offensive guard. With only 11 players available in the second half, the Huskies played their hearts out.
A hard fought first game ends in a 20-7 loss for our Huskies. The team battled and showed a "no quit" attitude. On the offensive end, Dylan Swope scored on a 60-yard run. Defensively, Ryan Chapman had an interception and Evan Beebe led the team in tackles. [Game report by Daniel Swope.]