Big Red Football Score a Comeback Victory vs. Blair
Sports / / November 07, 2014
This past Saturday, the Boys’ Varsity Football Team came back from a record of 3-4 in a dominant and epic fashion to win against Blair Academy 39-34. The team came into the game motivated after their devastating loss to the Hun School of Princeton.
The team’s plan was to put their record behind them and use it as motivation to come out fighting and ready to play a technically-sound game-in-a-game that would decide the winner of the Big Three Title. It was the season’s senior game, representing the last time the Class of 2015 football players would play on their home field as members of the Big Red Varsity Football Team . The pre-game introductions and commemorations were met with some emotion as the V Formers and their parents were honored for their commitment, dedication, and sacrifices they had made for both the football program and the Lawrenceville community as a whole.
Unfortunately, the first half of the game didn’t go as well as Big Red had hoped. The team fumbled on their first kick-off return and proceeded to turn over the ball two more times to the Blair offense, who were able to push the offense and convert three touchdowns. “There were some guys who really just kept us in it, especially [Luke] Apuzzi [’16],” stated Head Coach Daniel O’Dea. Apuzzi, proving a vital team member, had 12 tackles in the first half alone, finishing with 18 overall. The team morale never quivered throughout the game, as the V Formers made sure that their underclassmen teammates knew that they were still in the game and their final home game would be a victorious one.
After the coaches gave the team a pep talk, it was all Lawrenceville. The team scored six times, terrorizing the Blair defense. Postgraduate Quarterback Nick Duncan ’15 ended up going 19-35 in completions and finished with 312 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, and 8 rushes worth a combined 201 yards, and a touchdown. The majority of this production came in the second half. When asked how he was able to re-ignite the offensive tempo, Duncan said, “Everyone stepped up. It all started with the defense making key stops to get the offense back on the field and to give us momentum.” Duncan remarked that the Offensive line was dominant, giving Duncan the time needed to deliver laser passes to his wide receivers and to hand the ball to his backs so they could have time to run. Interestingly enough, when there was a substantially higher amount of Big Red fans in attendance in the second half, boosting the spirit and enthusiasm of the field, the team had their best half of the season, according to III Former wide receiver Isaiah Wingfield ’17.
Against a talented Hill team, tomorrow, Big Red will need Lawrentians in the crowd to cheer them on, so Jump In and get on those fan buses to Hill tomorrow to watch the team “physically deteriorate Hill.” When asked about the performance of the team, O’Dea said that he was “super impressed with the way the seniors took the challenge of playing better in the second half and being accountable to their team and their program.” Hopefully, as Lawrenceville ventures to Hill with the passionate spirit reserved especially for Hill Weekend, Big Red’s intensity will prevail yet again for a victory on the V Former’s last football game.