Bridgton Beats JV Bulldogs 26-14

Nov. 4, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A defensive battle between the Yale JV team and Bridgton Academy went the way of the Wolverines Sunday afternoon at Clint Frank Field, 26-14. The Bulldogs got touchdowns from freshman fullback Shane Bannon and sophomore fullback Jack Wallace, along with interceptions from sophomore defensive back Grant Todd and freshman defensive back Adam Money.

The first two Yale drives ended with a missed field goal and an interception, but on the drive after the pick the Yale defense held firm. Freshman linebacker Matt Phelan's tackle for a loss on third-and-nine forced a Wolverine punt from the Bridgton 38, and freshman wide receiver Ryan Vandersloot's return started the Eli offense at the Yale 43. The big play was a 23-yard run by freshman tailback John Pagliaro that got the ball to the Wolverine 12. Pagliaro also converted a third-and-five at the seven with a six-yard run, and on the next play Bannon powered his way in.

The Wolverines tied it on the next drive with a 24-yard touchdown run by halfback Edwin Gowins. They had the chance to go ahead early in the second quarter, but Wallace's brother, freshman defensive back Marcus Wallace, broke up a long pass at the goalline. On the next play, though, wide receiver Cleo Cooper's 36-yard reception gave Bridgton (6-1) a 13-7 lead (the extra point attempt was wide right).

Todd's interception ended the next Bridgton drive, but the Bulldogs went backwards after driving to the Wolverine nine and sophomore quarterback Matt Kelleher's fourth-and-goal pass from the 20 fell incomplete. The teams traded punts and the score remained 13-7 heading into the half.

The game-breaking play came quickly in the third quarter, as defensive back Marc Wilson returned the kickoff for a touchdown and a 19-7 lead. Yale answered with a 55-yard drive that was capped by Jack Wallace's one-yard dive into the end zone.

That would be the end of the scoring for nearly 25 minutes. After a series of punts back and forth, Money's interception gave the Yale offense the ball at the Bridgton 37 late in the third quarter. The Bulldogs got to the 17 but could not convert a fourth-and-two there.

The Wolverines finally put the game away after an interception by Wilson gave Bridgton the ball at the Yale 31. Eight plays later, Gowins' one-yard run made it 26-14 with only 1:57 left on the clock -- not enough time for a Yale comeback.

The Yale JV team (2-2) plays its final game of the year against Harvard on Friday, Nov. 16 at 1:00 p.m. at Clint Frank Field.

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