Bulls Overcome Slow First Half to Defeat Cushing Academy 33-13
Joe Pelletier and Dantre Taylor lead the Holderness run and pass game, as the offense goes for over 300 yards.
Following two disappointing losses to start the year, the Bulls took the field looking to get into the win column. It was clear from Cushing Academy’s first drive that a win was not going to come easily. Taking the ball from their own 40-yard line, the Penguins methodically moved the ball down the field, scoring on a 6 yard QB scramble. For nearly the remainder of the first half, neither team would score. With a little over 3 minutes left in the half, the offense finally got some momentum. Between a big run by Sophomore Dantre Taylor for 24 yards and 31-yard pass from Joe Pelletier to Freshman Griffin O’Neil, the Bulls ended up on their own 5 yard line. After a few attempts, Taylor punched it on a toss to the right.
The final two quarters saw an offensive explosion. On the first drive, Holderness drove the field in 12 plays through runs by Taylor, Piseth Sam, and Fullback Sergio Yap to score on a 15 yard throw from Pelletier to Senior Stew Hutchinson. The defense forced a quick series by Cushing and the offense got to work again - this time scoring in only 4 plays. After two quick runs and a screen, Pelletier threw a 57-yard bomb to senior receiver Sean Bryant, leaving the score at 19-7. Again the defense forced Cushing to punt and again the Bulls drove for a touchdown.
While the next drive lasted 11 plays, the 82 yards gained were found in chunks. While Taylor had a big run for 23 yards, it was brought back on a penalty. The offensive line responded with another big run, this time with junior fullback Sergio Yap toting the ball for 10 yards. On the next play, Joe Pelletier scrambled and found Sean Bryant down field for a 42-yard strike. Two plays later, Pelletier scrambled again, this time finding Hutchinson down the sideline for 26 yards, placing the ball on the 4-yard line. Two plays later, Dantre Taylor stretched a run to the right behind key blocks from junior tackle Alex Oliver, sophomore tight end Patrick Lessard, and O’Neil for a touchdown.
After 26 consecutive Holderness points, Cushing found the end zone on a one-play drive with 9 minutes left in the game. Throwing a 51-yard touchdown pass, the Penguins brought the difference in score down to 13. Ensuring the game would end in a Holderness win, Pelletier, Taylor, and the offensive line drove 48 yards for a touchdown. This time capped off by a 7-yard touchdown connection between Pelletier and Griffin O’Neil. These were the final points of the game, leaving the final score at 33-13.
After a long weekend, the Bulls will travel to Hebron Academy, while Cushing travels to Kent’s Hill School.