Your Redhawks Win Their First Playoff Game EVER!!!
In their first postseason match-up in team’s history, the boys did not disappoint. While the first half was a battle of emotions and nerves for the team, it was obvious that they came out of the locker room with only one thing in mind for the second half… PURE DOMINATION.
The first half was mostly a defensive game, with both teams forcing punts and capturing a few turnovers. The only score of the first half came off a brilliant cutback run from Lebanon’s Wade Rainey, which went the distance for 6. Capped with the PAT Lebanon was in the driver’s seat leading in the last few minutes of the first half 7 – 0.
Now, we will never know what was said in the locker room at the half, but the mind can present all kinds of images. The reserved player who, out of nowhere, turns it on and fires the team up with a charged up speech about rising the occasion and ‘being better than this’. It could have been a few of the players rallying their teammates, finding ways to amp each other up. Maybe it was a coach reminding the team that this is just another game and to go out there and play their game. Whatever happened in those few minutes behind the curtain, the team came out to PLAY TOGETHER as only the Redhawks can.
All three phases of the game came out of that locker room, and each performed at a high level, turning the tables on Lebanon. In doing so they proved to each and every team why they deserve to be in the playoffs, and what it means to come together as multiple towns, united to fight. And fight they did.
As the game ticked off the final seconds, and the offense took a 2nd knee, we were left in the stands having witnessed arguably the best two quarters of play this season. The defense stepped up and handed the Lebanon offense several crushing tackles and multiple turnovers (4 interceptions, a fumble recovery, and a blocked punt!), to keep them from effectively moving the ball anywhere. Then the offense took over driving the ball multiple times with classic Redhawk ground and pound play and great running by both Colby Quite and Dylan Barrett. The Redhawks were good for 3 scores in the second half, including a fourth-down, 23-yard touchdown pass from QB Caleb Yianakopolos to Tight End Jack Horne.
After all was said and done the boys put on a great show, led by a talented coaching staff who coordinated a fantastic game. A big REDHAWKS cheer for all of you! 21 – 7 in your first playoff game ever, we’ll take it!
Join us Saturday, Nov. 1oth at 1pm in Swanzey, NH for the semi-final game against undefeated Monadnock. Bring EVERYONE, and let’s get loud for our boys!!!