October 17, 2004

Overtime Field Goal Lifts Naval Academy Prep over JV 30-27

Oct. 17, 2004

West Haven, CT - A 38-yard field goal in overtime gave Naval Academy Prep a 30-27 win over the Yale JV football team Sunday afternoon at Clint Frank field. The Bulldogs had rallied to tie the game with no time left in regulation on a 38-yad field goal by Alan Kimball, but went scoreless on their first drive in overtime.

The teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter. Yale's score was set up by a 36-yard toss from QB Matt Polhemus to WR D.J. Shooter, who grabbed the ball in between two NAPS defenders. Yale scored three plays later when Polhemus found WR Scott Moore at the goalline and he fought his way to the near pylon. The Bulldogs missed a chance to take the lead on a failed 40-yard field goal attempt later in the quarter.

A touchdown early in the second put NAPS up 14-7, but the Bulldogs executed a two-minute drill to get a 21-yard field goal from Kimball just before halftime.

Yale took the lead just three plays into the second half. After LB Chris Barry force a fumble that was recovered by DE Matt Stegich at the NAPS 13, Polhemus connected with Shooter in the end zone for a 17-14 Yale edge.

A back-and-forth swing midway through the third put NAPS back in front. Yale recovered a fumble at the Bulldog 15, but three plays after that Polhemus' screen pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

The Elis gained a field position edge late in the third thanks to some nifty play on special teams, as DB Andrew Liyana managed to catch a punt from DE David Silberstein on the fly to down it at the NAPS 5. Naval Academy eventually punted the ball back to Yale at the Eli 41, and from there the Bulldogs drove for a touchdown (a one-yard sneak by Polhemus) with 10:12 left in the game.

NAPS benefited from a botched Yale punt later in the quarter to take over at the Eli 34, and three plays later the score was 27-24 Naval Academy with 5:57 to play. A missed point-after would come back to hurt NAPS, however, when Yale started a drive at its own 26 with 50 seconds remaining. Polhemus completed four passes for 45 yards to set up Kimball's game-tying field goal as time expired.

The Bulldogs could not keep their offensive momentum going in overtime, however, netting just nine yards before being stopped on a run at the NAPS 16. NAPS needed three plays to get to the Yale 21 for the game-winner.

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report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department