Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dean College 40, Yale JVs 14

It's a pretty unusual move to have a varsity team scrimmage a team and then have the junior varsity squad play the same squad eight days later.

But that is exactly what happened. After Yale defeated Dean College 24-7 on Sep. 10, the Yale JV team squared off with Dean. Considering that Dean gave the Yale varsity squad, it should not come as a surprise that Dean emerged with the win on Sunday.

Aided by a defensive and special teams touchdown, Dean rolled to a 40-14 win.

Stars for Yale were sophomore quarterback Henry Furman who was 20 of 32 for 200 yards and led Yale with 24 yards rushing. Furman threw for a pair of touchdowns (both to freshman Ty Hutchison) but was picked off three times.

Hutchison had six catches for 73 yards including TD grabs of 27 and 7 yards and had another touchdown called back because of holding. Classmate Grant Wallace also had six catches good for 38 yards while Russell Perkins had five catches for 67 yards and Adam Conklin had four catches for 34 yards.

Defensively, freshman EJ Conway had eight tackles and a sack while Will Vaughan and Kolu Buck had six tackles each.

For Dean, I had freshman running back Andre Williams with 123 yards rushing while Jamal Small was 7 of 16 passing for 105 yards. Robbie Jackson led Dean with five catches for 77 yards including a 57-yard touchdown. Rodney Whitehead returned the second half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

In my opinion, the best performance was turned in my freshman linebacker Charmarcus Pittard, who I had with eight tackles including three for losses but it felt like he had twice as many hits. Albert Presley had five tackles, four behind the line of scrimmage while Donovan Walker had two interceptions. He also caused a fumble with a jarring hit on Yale QB Jake Semones but it was wiped out with what looked like one of the worst calls I have ever witnessed. Walker had a shoulder to shoulder hit on Semones and was flagged for a personal foul. As far as I could tell, he was whistled for hitting Semones too hard. I was standing only about 10 yards away and it looked like a perfectly clean hit, vicious but clean. It reminded me of the scene in "The Blind Side" when the Michael Oher character was whistled for "excessive blocking." Finally for Dean, Dante Holmes returned a fumble for a touchdown while Blaine Moriarty had an 80-yard punt although it was negated because of a penalty.

Next up for the Yale JV squad is a Sep. 25 game against Army at 1 p.m.

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