Phillips Big Blue Football '13

Sat, Sep 28, 2013 02:30 PM @ Kent School
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Phillips 7 7 0 6 20
Kent School 7 0 6 0 13

Phillips makes long trip count

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KENT, Conn. — Facing a four-plus hour bus ride home from deep into Connecticut, something would make the journey quite a bit more palatable for Phillips Academy.

A victory.

The Big Blue made that trip well worth it, as Matt Lialio scored with 8:42 left in the game and the Phillips defense made it stand for a 20-13 victory over Kent.

"Imagine if we had lost," said Blue Blue coach Leon Modeste. "It would have been like a morgue for four hours. Instead it was just very happy, sleepy kids."

The win made Phillips 2-0 for the season, matching its win total from a season ago.

The Big Blue took the lead in the first when Lialio caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from fellow postgrad Ian Maag.

Kent tied the game early in the second, but a Ryder Strong's 1-yard touchdown made it 14-7 PA at the half. Kent cut the lead to one, but Lialio scored his rushing TD to secure the win.

Lialio was also a force on defense with 11 tackles, eight solo, and an interception while Michael Moore added 14 tackles and Brandon Michel returned to kicks for 111 yards.

"It was a hard fought game," said Modeste. "But in crunch time we turned them away."

Game Statistics:

First Quarter

PA — Matt Lialio 8 pass from Ian Maag (Tom Mullen kick)

K — Matt LaPorta 12 pass from Alvaro Roux-Garica (Felipe Michalk kick)

Second Quarter

PA — Ryder Stone 1 run (Mullen kick)

Third Quarter

K — Alex Fontana fumble recovery in end zone (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter

PA — Lialio 10 run (rush failed)



RUSHING: PA — Ryder Stone 18-84, Michael Moore 3-10, Matt Lialio 7-62, Ian Maag 6-23

PASSING: PA — Maag 12-17-1, 141

RECEIVING: PA — Brandon Michel 2-54, Matt Rusk-Kosa 5-42, Jake Howell 4-39, Lialio 1-8

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