Oct. 2, 2005
West Haven, CT - Bridgton Academy rallied past the Yale JV football team Sunday afternoon at Frank Field, winning 9-7 thanks to a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs nearly took the defensive struggle on the strength of a 60-yard touchdown pass from QB Ryan Fodor to WR Ken Ebeling in the second quarter, but the Wolverines crept closer with a third-quarter field goal and got the game-winning score with 12:01 to play.
The game was mainly played around the middle of the field as both defenses controlled the action. Bridgton was the first team to threaten, driving to the Yale 14 late in the first quarter, but an interception by DB Brady Hart at the goalline ended that drive. DL Uthman Arogundade and DL Bryan Kana had the next big play, combining for a nine-yard sack on the Wolverines' next series. DB Larry Abare then broke up a potential first-down pass on the next play to end the drive.
Yale also benefited from strong special teams play, as P Josh Helmrich helped turn the field position around by booting a 53-yarder early in the second quarter. DL Juan Wheat broke through the line to bat down a pass on third down to end the ensuing Bridgton drive at the Wolverine 36.
The Bulldog offense generated its first big play midway through the second. After two completions to WR Chris Solga totaling 16 yards, Fodor scrambled out of trouble from his own 40 and launched one deep down the field to Ebeling, who had a step on his man. Ebeling raced untouched into the end zone, and Hart booted the extra point for the 7-0 lead.
The Wolverines once again drove to Yale's doorstep early in the third quarter, and the Bulldog defense held again. On first-and-goal from the 10, LB Adam Sato stopped a running play in the backfield. After a short gain on second down, DB Rylan Spence broke up a potential touchdown pass in the end zone and the Wolverines settled for a 25-yard field goal.
Bridgton finally broke through with an 86-yard drive that spanned from the end of the third quarter to the start of the fourth, finishing with a seven-yard touchdown run. Arogundade blocked the extra point attempt, keeping the score well within reach. But Yale's next drive ended with an incomplete pass on fourth down at the Wolverine 15, and Yale's final drive got no further than the Bulldog 29.
The Yale JV team returns to action Sunday Oct. 30 against Springfield at Noon.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity