HAMPTON – The Winnacunnet high school football team missed its first game of the game, recorded two more first-half turnovers and had no receiving yards in Friday’s Division I football game against Dover.
However, a rushed game that included 343 yards and a stifling defense that kept Dover All-State double-threat senior quarterback Darian Lopez-Sullivan to 27 rushing yards and 111 passing yards was the perfect recipe for a 40-6 win for the Warriors. in the field of the ancients.
Winnacunnet has improved to 5-0 this season, while Dover has fallen to 3-2.
Here are five takeaways from the game.
The back bounces
Winnacunnet senior Tucker McCann escaped the first play of the scrum, giving the ball to Dover on the Winnacunnet 42-yard line.
The Warriors tackled Lopez-Sullivan for a two-yard gain on a fourth and 12 and recovered the ball on their own 30 with 8:56 left in the first quarter.
McCann, after a two-yard pickup by Matt Alkire, scolded for 17 yards on his next run and picked up 23 more on the next. Two games later, senior Chris Capezzuto scored on a 14-yard rush, giving the Warriors a 6-0 lead with 5:47 left in the first.
“I’m never going to turn on any of these guys,” said Winnacunnet head coach Ryan Francoeur. “I know when one of these guys puts the ball on the ground, as crazy as I am, I know they’re even crazier and more disappointed in themselves. The way the defense responded after that (fumble) and how (McCann) came back on the next series was great to see.
McCann had 108 yards at halftime and finished the night with 137 yards on 16 carries.
Keeping Lopez-Sullivan under control
Francoeur has indicated that the game plan is to try to contain as much as possible Lopez-Sullivan in the pocket.
Lopez-Sullivan only had one run for 10+ yards in the game, scoring 13 on the first play of the second half. The Warriors let him go for a loss on three occasions, including a 9-yard sack by Capezzuto.
Francoeur said defensive success was the result of selfless football.
“We told our defensive line that we were just going to play on the line of scrimmage as much as we can tonight, and move when (Lopez-Sullivan) moves,” said Francoeur. “We wanted to stick it out until he decided what he wanted to do and I thought the line did a great job with that. And in high school there were times when (Lopez-Sullivan) is such an athlete and he keeps the game alive and I look down and our boys did a great job staying on top of their men.
Lopez-Sullivan completed just 9 of his 21 attempted passes for 111 yards. He was intercepted by junior Kevin Tilley midway through the second quarter.
“They did a great job when he decided to pull out of his pocket and send someone to her immediately,” said Dover head coach Eric Cumba. “I think he tried to do too much at times in terms of throwing the ball. He got a little behind in his commitment to run and that gave them a little more time to get over us. He improved as the game progressed, but at that point who really knows what contributed to that.
Climb on the dashboard
Matt Alkire’s 14-yard touchdown gave the Warriors a 26-0 lead with 4:11 left in the third quarter. Dover responded and drove 10 games and 65 yards to get on the scoreboard.
Lopez-Sullivan joined Brett Davis on a 25-yard reception in the first game of practice. Lopez-Sullivan then hit Bryce Carberry for a 13-yard gain on the fourth and 10, giving the Green Wave a first down at the Winnacunnet 27.
Three plays later, Jackson Carroll hit a 27-yard reception, giving Dover a first and a goal at 1. Lopez-Sullivan scored on a run around the left end on the second down with 1:17 left in the game. third.
“(Carroll) had a nice catch in the middle,” Cumba said. “Getting the ball to the 1-yard line and finishing the drive was nice. There was a time here in Dover where it was our kryptonite; once we got into the 10, we struggled. being able to hit him in this situation is a testament to the progress we’re making. ”
Balanced running attack
The Warriors scored six touchdowns on the night, each score coming from a different player.
Seniors Kyle Tilley and Owen Bateman, and junior Conor Fenlon joined Capezzuto, McCann and Alkire in the end zone.
Tilley and Fenlon each scored on a short quarterback goalie, while Bateman rushed to 6 yards.
“They do what they do better than any team we’ve played with this year,” Cumba said. “Their team’s speed in all areas is pretty good and you can tell they are well trained. They understand what they are trying to accomplish and they are doing it very well. Everything they do, they do it well. They are consistent and stick to their plan; they are what they are, and they don’t care whether you like it or not.
Getting on the defensive
The Warriors limited their opponent to a single touchdown for the second game in a row and the third overall in five games.
“It was a collective effort tonight,” said Francoeur. “Coach Magri and Coach Bombardier have been developing it all year round and the kids are buying into it. The coaches teach it well, and it was just an exceptional effort on the part of the defense. ”
“We had a few opportunities at the start,” Cumba said. “They did a good job of switching to football and putting us in situations where we had to play fourth. They did a good job of keeping us ahead of them.
Winnacunnet will travel to Portsmouth / Oyster River next Friday, while Dover will travel to Exeter.
WARRIORS 40, GREEN WAVE 6
Dover 0 0 6 0 – 6
Winnacunnet 6 13 7 14 – 40
WHS – Capezzuto 14 run, missed kick, 5:47
WHS -Tilley 2 is running, failed to convert successfully, 9:21
WHS – McCann Race 23, Eaton Kick, 5:21
WHS – Alkire 14 run, Eaton kick, 4:11
DHS – Lopez-Sullivan 1 run, missed kick, 1:17
WHS – Fenlon 1 run, Eaton kick, 8:02
WHS – Bateman 6 run, Eaton kick, 8:02
RUSH: Dover, Lopez-Sullivan 16-27, Davis 1-minus-3, McInnes 3-minus-15, Barrett 3-14. Winnacunnet, McCann 16-137, Alkire 11-57, Tilley 7-20, Capezzuto 3-47, Brown 7-25, Bateman 5-31, Zaino 2-5, Fenlon 4-21.
PASSAGE: Dover, Lopez-Sullivan 9-21-1-111, Ryhne 0-2-0-0. Winnacunnet, Tilley 0-1-1-0.
RECEPTION: Dover, Carroll 1-27, Davis 2-35, Sheehan 2-12, McInnes 2-14, Carberry 2-23. Winnacunnet, None.