JVs Impressive in 43-19 Win Over Bridgton Academy

Oct. 15, 2006

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - On Saturday, the Yale varsity showed its ability to dominate the run game by amassing 257 yards on the ground in a 26-20 overtime win over Lehigh. On Sunday at Clint Frank Field, the JV Bulldogs showed that they can control the line of scrimmage as well. A 16-play, 95-yard drive that included 82 yards rushing and consumed 7:47 of clock in the third and fourth quarters helped Yale put away Bridgton, 43-19.

The Bulldogs struck early in this game, scoring just two plays in on a 22-yard run by freshman tailback Rodney Reynolds. Yale missed the two-point conversion, but a botched punt snap by the Wolverines gave the Elis excellent field position on the next drive. Sophomore linebacker Shebby Swett made the tackle at the Bridgton 33, and three plays later freshman quarterback Richie Scudellari found freshman wide receiver John Sheffield over the middle. Sheffield broke several tackles on his way into the end zone for a 32-yard reception. The Bulldogs once again missed the two-pointer but were up 12-0 less than four minutes into the game.

A play-action pass to sophomore wide receiver Jarrett Drake for a 23-yard touchdown with two minutes left ended an impressive first quarter with Yale up 18-0.

Bridgton fought back with a three-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dayne Hoffman to wide receiver Bryant Lane six plays into the second quarter to make it 18-7. A 15-yard scramble down the right sideline by sophomore quarterback Joe Dennison highlighted Yale's next drive, which ended with a pretty fade pass from Scudellari to junior tight end Jordan Stevens in the end zone to get Yale's lead to 17 points.

Two more Bridgton touchdowns, including a 46-yard touchdown catch by wide receiver Kevin Carter, closed the score to 24-19 Yale. Sophomore linebacker Adam Sato picked off the two-point conversion pass in the end zone after the second score.

Freshman defensive back Travis Henry fell on the line-drive kickoff attempt by the Wolverines after that at the Bridgton 48, setting up another Yale score. Drake's spectacular leaping grab in the end zone of a 48-yard Scudellari heave made the score 30-19 44 seconds before halftime. Freshman defensive lineman Max Newton grabbed a tipped pass for an interception on the very next play from scrimmage.

A one-yard touchdown run by Reynolds midway through the third helped Yale take further command, 36-19. The game-clinching drive came after freshman cornerback Isaiah DeLeon-Mares stopped the Wolverines on fourth-and-one at the Yale five.

The final touchdown drive saw Yale alternating between two freshmen tailbacks, Brandon Scott and Ricardo Galvez. When the Bulldogs got the ball to the two, though, they turned to sophomore fullback Eric Vidal. Freshman place-kicker Wells Stewart added the point after.

The Wolverines got the ball back trailing by 24 with only 8:14 left and could not do much from there. Junior defensive lineman Kevin McCarthy brought that drive to a dramatic end with a sack for a 13-yard loss, and the offense came back on the field to run out the clock.

The 24-point win was all the more impressive in light of the fact that last year Bridgton defeated the Bulldogs 9-7.

The JV team returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 29 against Springfield at Noon.

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report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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