Courtesy of Dan Allgor
The Watchung Hills Jr. Midgets football improved their record to 5-0 with an impressive 28-7 win over a tough team from Albany this past Sunday.
The team took the opening drive 78 yards behind the hard running of Connor Cook, Chase Jones, and Thomas Schelling for the first score.
But Albany wasted no time to answer and scored after 5 plays on offense with a well placed pass to the left corner of the end zone, to take the lead at 7-6.
Schelling returned the kick-off to the Albany 27-yard line, but the Wolverines suffered some penalties and missed blocks and punted the ball away. Strong defensive plays by Jonathan Taub and Ryan Pedrani forced Albany to punt after three plays and the Wolverines took over at the Albany 46.
Wolverines take lead back at the half
The Wolverines punched another one in behind the blocking of Pedrani, Taub, Ben Allgor, Tyler James, and Caleb Parker to take the lead back 12-7 at the half.
Albany received the ball to start the 2nd half but the defense played tough behind big plays from Chris Clintock, Devon Bennet, and Kevin Caracappa. The Wolverines took over on their 38 and drove down the field for another touchdown when Schelling scored for the third time that afternoon on a 21-yard scamper around the left end. Clintcock made the kick to put the Wolverines up 20-7.
The defense kicked in full force again with Matt Cardoza and Gary Gaglioti making it tough on Albany to move the ball. Taub made a couple vicious hits in the series to get the ball back. The Wolverines marched down the field with a couple of solid runs and passes from Schelling to Matt Roth and then to Clintock for a critical 4th down conversion.
Schelling ran the last touchdown over the left side for 23 yards breaking three tackles along the way with 6:45 left in the 4th.
Clintock added the kick and the last points of the day for a final score of 28-7. Albany threatened to close the gap moving the ball to the Wolverine 10-yard line but the defense stood tall again and denied another score.
The Wolverines take on Staten Island next.