Vermont Ravens 12th season
New England Football League 25th season
Sept. 15, 2018
Foley Stadium - Worcester
Cross over game vs Double A
Vermont Ravens – 15
Worcester Wildcats - 43
The game was close through three quarters as the Ravens were down 21-15 to start the fourth quarter. The lead for Worcester quickly grew insurmountable and took away any end of game theatrics as the Wildcats won going away from the undermanned Ravens 43-15. This was crossover weekend for the Ravens as each single A team is required to play a game against the next conference up which is the double A division in the New England Football League.
In the first quarter the Wildcats held the Ravens on downs and proceeded to drive the 65 yards with combinations of nice passes from QB #11 Tim Bushey and runs by the Wildcats speedy backfield to get down to the 6-yard line of the Ravens. From there Bushey found #2 Matt Letourneau on a slant pass and Worcester led 6-0. Kicker #13 Charles Baidoo made the extra point and the score was 7-0 Worcester 8:14 left in the first.
In the second quarter with the line for Vermont, center #63 Paul-Dan Winter, guards, #79 Curtis Christiansen, and #72 Bradley Durkee, tackles, #55 Tyler Baker and #75 Izaak Bolduc, and tight end #80 Jamal Jacobs moving back the Wildcats defense fullbacks #24 DeEric “Bud” O’Neil, and runningback #3 Akeem Williams made nice gains. Down to the 5-yard line Williams got the call and bulling his way to pay-dirt dragging would be tacklers into the endzone for 6. Ravens quarterback #14 Clayton Torres threw for a 2-PT conversion as after a Raven penalty had moved the back 5 yards. Torres found FB/DE #20 Roy Rose for the 2-point conversion and Vermont had the lead 8-7 with 14:51 left in the second.
The lead was short lived as the Wildcats received the kick-off and #23 Fred Alexis didn’t waste any time in returning the kick 90 for the go ahead score. Baidoo again was good with the point after and the score was 14-8 Wildcats 14:28 left second quarter.
Later in the quarter Wildcat runningback #7 Zander Givens-Perry would take the pitch from Bushey and make his way around the right corner to score from 2 yards out. Baidoo was good and it was 21-8 with 4:13 left second quarter.
The Ravens weren’t through just yet and with resilience and a fleet quarterback named Torres they scored with only 47 seconds left in the half. It was a tad dramatic for the Ravens as on a play during the drive Torres had his helmet come off. Rules are the player must leave the game for a one play minimum. Back-up QB #7 Kenny Phillips II came in and made a nice pass to a crossing #31 Jeric Tyler who made the catch for 30 yards. The next play Phillips scrambled off the left side getting down to the 7-yard line and setting up Torres sprint to the endzone for 6 the next play. OL/DL/K/P #58 Juju Ayida’s kick was good and with 47 seconds left the Ravens had cut the score to 21-15.
The third quarter was scoreless although both teams threatened but stout defense held for both sides keeping it 21-15 going into the fourth.
Playing even into the fourth the Wildcats broke it open when a short pass from Bushey to #4 Justin Sundara turned into a 65-yard touchdown reception. Sundara caught the pass off the left side and cut back across the field all the way to the right sideline where he sprinted to the endzone pulling away. The following 2-point conversion was good and with 11:27 left the score was 29-15.
The Ravens were gassed, and Worcester went on to score twice more to make the final 43-15 Wildcats.
For the game runningbacks Williams and #23 Adam Gowans, fullback O’Neil, back-up QB/WR Phillips and QB Torres combined for close to 200 yards rushing which is a testament to the offensive line that has played very well lately and appears to be peaking at the right time. This game does not count toward the record for play-offs in Single A. With a win next Sunday vs. the Twin City Riot from Maine Vermont will qualify for the last seed in the play-offs.
Next game is Sunday, Sept. 23rd Kick-Off is 1:00PM at South Burlington HS.