What started as a gloomy overcast day ended up being beautiful for a Cheshire Academy football game. A group of 14 Cats, including six newcomers, ventured down the road to Avon Old Farms and cruised to a 32-0 win.
With Nate Peterson ‘22 calling the cadence, the Cats took the entire first quarter to drive down the field and capped it with an Otto Fleischmann ‘21 scamper outside. Jace Lopez ‘21 was the workhorse of the day, carrying the ball over half the offensive plays on his way to two rushing touchdowns. Paving the way for the Cats relentless rushing attack were Alex Long ‘21, Adrian De Leon ‘21, Mike Mancini ‘21, Jonathan Velasquez ‘21, and Simon Yan ‘20. The stalwart blocking up front opened holes for the backs for much of the afternoon.
While the offense seemed to be clicking on all cylinders, it was the defense who truly stood out. Lyonel Mueller-Gerbes ‘21 pinned the opposing team deep in their own territory with multiple touch backs. The Cat’s secondary; Tom Fox ‘21, Charles Duncan ‘19, Alex Bjerser ‘21, and Mark Rodeo ‘22 stifled receivers at the line and swarmed the opposing offense from the first snap to the final horn. The Cats forced multiple take away, including interceptions by Peterson, Charlie Davis ‘20, and Velasquez. Velasquez engulfed a pass at the line of and rumbled his way in to the end zone for a touchdown on the team’s second defensive series. Davis, Lopez, and Velasquez also recovered fumbles to set the Cats up for two late Lopez touchdowns.
While thin in numbers, this was a game in which every Cat was needed to secure a much deserved victory.
As for the young Cats next test, the team hosts Suffield Academy on Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m.