Manchester Essex Hornets Football '08

Sat, Oct 18, 2008 02:00 PM @ Whittier
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Manchester Essex 13 23 7 0 43
Whittier 8 0 8 0 16

Whittier can’t keep up with Hornet passing

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Sunday, October, 19 By David Willis
Staff writer

HAVERHILL — Whittier players could be heard repeating the same line throughout yesterday’s game.

“This isn’t us.”

After grabbing an early lead, the Commonwealth Conference Large Wildcats were plagued by penalties and turnovers and struggled against the high-powered Manchester Essex passing game, falling to the CAC Small-leading Hornets 43-16.

“We moved the ball some,” said Whittier head coach Kevin Bradley, whose club dropped to 4-2. “But then we would shoot ourselves in the foot with a penalty or a fumble. We didn’t take care of the ball. And they have a lot of weapons out there.”

The Wildcats drove inside the Hornets’ 25-yard line on their first three drives of the game. But they scored only once, turning the ball over on downs on their first drive and fumbling it away on their third while trailing just 13-8.

“We were moving and it looked like were going in for a score,” said Bradley. “But we fumbled. When you are playing a good team like Manchester and they give you a chance, you have to take it. We didn’t take it today.”

Whittier senior Bryan Trickett was again a standout. The halfback rushed for a game-high 152 yards on 14 carries and a 12-yard touchdown. Carlos Candelario added 59 yards on 10 carries.

But while the Wildcats were missing opportunities, the Hornets (6-0) were taking advantage. They scored on all five possessions in the first half, taking a 36-8 lead at the break.

Manchester Essex star quarterback Pat Orlando played only the first half, completing 5 of 8 passes for 196 yards and four touchdowns. Two went to Doug Kennerson.

The Wildcats hurt themselves with penalties throughout. They were flagged for a whopping six personal fouls, two on the same player while inside the Manchester 10. They ended up with four turnovers, and recovered two other fumbles.

Damian Colman scored the first Whittier touchdown on a 25-yard pass from Dillon Ryan.

“We came out flat and a little nervous,” said Bradley. “We were catching more than we were delivering. We need to get back to the drawing board and get them focused for next week.”

Whittier will host CAC Large rival Shawsheen Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Game Statistics:

First Quarter

ME — Jim Finn 70 pass from Pat Orlando (Brian Ciccone kick), 6:16

W — Damian Colman 26 pass from Dillon Ryan (Carlos Candelario run), 3:26

ME — Ciccone 38 pass from Orlando (run failed), 1:08


Second Quarter

ME — Doug Kennerson 33 pass from Orlando (Kennerson pass from Orlando), 10:54

ME — Kennerson 21 pass from Orlando (Ben Kekeisen run), 3:02

ME — Ciccone 3 run (Ciccone kick), 1:05

Third Quarter

ME — Ciccone 60 run (Ciccone kick), 9:55

W — Bryan Trickett 12 run (Candelario run), 10:01




RUSHING: W (37-241) — Bryan Trickett 14-152, Carlos Candelario 10-59, Tyler Page 6-18, Nick Ferreira 3-16, Kobie Green-Jackson 1-5, Matt Burke 1-(-1), Dillon Ryan 2-(-8); ME (22-162) — Brian Ciccone 9-98

PASSING: W — Ryan 4-12-2, 57; ME — Pat Orlando 5-8-0, 196, Alex Carr 1-1-0, 18

RECEIVING: W — Damian Colman 2-39, Steve Surette 2-18; ME — Doug Kennerson 3-88, Jim Finn 2-88, Ciccone 1-38

2 Story Comments

0         whittier observer

the defense appeared to be having a difficult getting the job done in addition to other areas lacking. i noticed that some of the veterans are playing (or not playing) behind the younger and less experienced starters. perhaps this played a part in yesterdays unfortunate outcome.

Report! #1 10/19/2008 09:45 AM

0         MEfootball44

You guys need to handle the ball better, you guys completely sucked at that, which is why you fumbled so much and we beat you guys to the ground, and thanks for the hallway.

Report! #2 10/19/2008 09:31 PM