On a day when the wet weather made it difficult to get the passing game going, the Redhawks offense ran the ball 31 times to grind out three touchdowns and a hard-fought victory in their season opener on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at home. Quarterback Andrew Bortnick ran for two touchdowns and running back Tanner Smith added another score on a 5-yard run. Richard Lowrey led the Redhawks with 37 rushing yards on 11 carries and added 20 yards on a kick return.
Head coach Tim Albertson said he was “happy with the way the offense moved the ball” but said his team would work on mistakes that were “typical of any team’s first game.” Costly penalties deprived the Redhawks of three long scoring plays, one by wide receiver Jack Dugan on a pass from quarterback Leandro Vazquez and two long runs by running back Rich Lowrey.
Albertson said he was “very pleased with his defense” and defensive coordinator Paul Nedeau said his defense “played real strong, anticipated plays well and made adjustments when necessary.” The hard-hitting Redhawks defense held Colchester to one score, sacked the Colchester quarterback twice and forced six fumbles. Kienan Kittredge led the Redhawks defense with five solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Trevor Kingston (four solo tackles and a fumble recovery), Kyle Struble (three solo tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery), and Robbie Brangan (two fumble recoveries) contributed to the dominant effort.
The next JV “A” game is Monday, Sept. 9 against Essex at CVU High School at 4 pm.