“We ran the same play eight times in a row (to Rufus) and then we ran a different play, then ran it three more in a row,” Woods said. “Maybe I’ve run a play three times in a row before, but we ran it eight times and he was getting 10, 7, 9, 8 yards; it was impressive.”
Parsons, a cornerback, and Hurley, a middle linebacker, drew praise from Woods for their defensive play. Kevin Hannon, a linebacker, also forced the fumble that Parsons returned for the touchdown.
Following a different formula than Fenwick, Pingree was the team that fell behind early in its game.
Hamden Hall scored two quick touchdowns, but Pingree answered by scoring the next three touchdowns to set off what turned into a crazy, back-and-forth affair.
Quarterback Griffin Beal had a huge game for Pingree, throwing touchdown passes to Justin Assad (69 yards), Johnnie Spears (25), Kyle Lentini (61) and Alex Salalayko (37). Beal also had touchdown runs of 1 and 9 yards.
Beal completed 11 of 24 passes for 338 yards and also ran for 75 yards.
In addition to his touchdown catch, Spears returned a punt 71 yards for a score. He finished with four catches for 116 yards and also ran for 65 yards. Assad, meanwhile, had three grabs for 113 yards.
Pingree (3-0) didn’t take control of the game until it scored three straight third quarter touchdowns, capped by Tom Zaleski’s 6-yard touchdown run.
After last week’s 52-14 win over Tilton, this is the first time in program history that the Highlanders have scored more than 50 points in back-to-back games.
“We have returned a lot of players, but they’re still all young. Other than Spears, Salalayko and Lentini, they’re all sophomores or younger,” Pingree coach Chris Powers said. “I thought we may have the potential (offensively), but it was a matter of how they fit together. Things are going our way and I like to think we’re going to improve over the course of the season.”
Powers lauded the defensive play of Nino Leone, Kevin Moyette and Connor Bandar.