Poquoson Holds Jamestown Scoreless after First Quarter to Nab Victory
Submitted by Gary Maynard

Two touchdowns behind after two minutes of play, the Poquoson Bull Islanders held the home-standing Jamestown Eagles scoreless after the first quarter of play and went on to claim a 44-20 victory on Friday, September 16.

Nab imageIn a first quarter which saw the two teams score five touchdowns, Jamestown quarterback Hunter Brittain connected with senior wide receiver Zach Pennycuff on three touchdowns passes of 84, 16, and 80 yards respectively for the early Eagles lead.

"We got in a hole early, and overcame some adversity,” Poquoson coach Elliott Duty said. "Our defenders didn’t really do anything wrong, [Pennycuff] just made some good, athletic plays on the ball and put us in a hole.”

In a bit of statistical irony, the Eagles had no offensive first downs the entirety of the first quarter, yet still led 20-14 after the first twelve minutes of play. Additionally, the three touchdown receptions by Pennycuff were the only three receptions he had during the game.

Cole Jackson led a stout Poquoson rushing attack with 114 yards from scrimmage, and Bulls quarterback Jared Davis tossed two touchdown passes to Colton Hicks.

After surrendering 276 total yards to the Eagles in the first half, 270 of which came via the Jamestown passing game, the Poquoson defense was "on their game” so to speak in the second half yielding a mere 33 yards of total offense and only seven passing yards.

"We made a couple of adjustments,” Duty said. "We were playing him [Pennycuff] a little too tight at the line of scrimmage, so it was a matter of backing up and double-teaming him to get back on pace.”

Despite the first quarter set-back, the Bulls stuck to their game plan with a ball control offense, and ultimately left Wanner Stadium with a hard-fought win.

After fumbling on their first offensive possession and trailing the Eagles 13-0 early, Poquoson got on the scoreboard with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Jared Davis to Colton Hicks.

"That was the turning point in the game,” Davis said. "After we got two touchdowns behind, we went down the field and scored.”

Bulls linebacker Cody McDevitt intercepted Brittain on the next Jamestown possession, and the Poquoson offense responded quickly with two rushing plays from fullback Max Barrett of 14 yards and a 1-yard touchdown plunge to take a brief 14-13 lead.

The next Jamestown possession was equally brief. Brittain and Pennycuff needed only one play, an 80-yard scoring strike to take back the lead, but thereafter, it was all Poquoson.

The Islanders took back the lead for good on a 4-yard Davisto- Hicks touchdown pass which came on a fourthand- goal, and culminated a twelve-play, 67-yard scoring drive.

A seemingly, never-ending first half came to a close with Poquoson leading 28-20 following a bruising, 3- yard touchdown plunge from Robert Henesy.

In addition to the second half defensive domination by the Bulls, which saw the Eagles offense limited to only one offensive first down and 14 total offensive plays, the Poquoson offense ran 33 offensive plays, including two, fourth quarter touchdowns.

Though dominating the third quarter of play, the net result was only three points on the scoreboard as Poquoson place-kicker Rhett Andersen booted a 36- yard field goal for a 31-20 lead.

Jackson got his lone touchdown of the evening with a 7-yard scoring burst, and John Mastrogianakis closed the game’s scoring with a 4- yard touchdown run.

With a 2-1 record on the early season, Poquoson returns to their home field on Friday, September 23 to host the visiting York Falcons.

Winless thus far, the Falcons have been the victims of a few bad breaks during the brief season, and the annual Poquoson-York showdown typically brings out the best in both teams and comes down to a few plays which decides the contest.

"We’re going to have to play much better against York,” Duty said. "We made some progress this week, but still too many mistakes we can’t afford to make next Friday.”

 





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