Turnovers Sink Cavs at Home
Harvey’s football team had some good moments on both offense and defense, but seven turnovers -- four fumbles and three interceptions -- proved costly as the Cavaliers lost 52-16 at home to the Pomfret School Saturday, Oct. 2.
The visiting Griffins from Connecticut took the opening kickoff and drove 50 yards on seven plays, scoring on a 22-yard touchdown pass and a successful conversion to jump ahead 8-0. Harvey’s offense sputtered on its first two possessions, but the defense stopped the Griffins on their third possession when junior Brad Lederer intercepted a pass from the Pomfret quarterback deep in Cavs territory. Unfortunately, Harvey fumbled the ball right back on the next play and the Griffins cashed in the gift on a 16-yard pitch to the halfback for a 14-0 lead.
The Cavs started the second quarter with the ball after an interception by defensive back Will Bland and drove down the field on a 52-yard pass to wide receiver Justin Jaques from QB Sam Levine and a 24-yard run by senior captain running back Jayden Kass. But another Harvey fumble on the Pomfret 3-yard line ended the drive. The Griffins took advantage with two quick strikes of 20 and 9-yard TD runs, respectively, to make the score 30-0 at halftime.
The second half started well for Harvey as freshman Jackson Saccomanno kicked on-side and the bouncing ball was recovered by Jack Matz to give the Cavs the ball on the Griffins’ 35-yard line. But a third interception snuffed out the drive. Another drive highlighted by clutch plays including an 11-yard pass from Levine to tailback Danny Gasch on third-and-6 and a 7-yard run by junior captain James Miller on fourth-and-1 were erased by another Harvey fumble on the Pomfret 9-yard line. The Griffins scored again on a 5-yard TD run by their halfback after a 37-yard pass to the wide receiver. On the next play from scrimmage, starting on their 1-yard line, the Cavs fumbled the ball in the end zone, and it was recovered by the Griffins for a 44-0 lead after three quarters.
The Cavs finally got on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter after another clutch 15-yard catch by Jaques from QB Saccomanno on third-and-5 and a 9-yard pass from Saccomanno to Matz on third-and-2. Saccomanno capped the drive with an 11-yard TD pass to Gasch, and Miller ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 44-8.
Another coverage mistake on the ensuing kickoff accounted for Pomfret's final score, a 65-yard return, to go up 52-8. After runs of 7 and 37 yards by junior captain fullback Nekis Bland, the Cavs scored again late in the game as Saccomanno noticed tailback Gasch was uncovered and hit him with a 35-yard TD pass. Nekia Bland ran in the two-point conversion for the final score of 52-16.
QB Levine played well, completing 9 of 19 passes for 83 yards as did Saccomanno who completed five of five passes for 75 yards and 2 TDs. "Both QBs played well and continue to mature under difficult circumstances, and I was very proud of them," said Harvey assistant coach Matt Eccher.
The Cavs rushed for 84 yards led by Nekia Bland with 44 yards on four carries and Kass added 31 tough yards on 12 carries. James Miller added 10 third-down yards on 2 carries. Gasch played well, catching five balls for 56 yards and 2 TDs, Jaques caught four balls for 79 yards, and Kass and Matz both added two catches for 9 yards each.
Kass and Miller led the Cavs' defense with six tackles each, followed by Will Bland and Jackson Saccomanno with four each, and Brad Lederer with three. Lederer and Will Bland also had crucial interceptions for Harvey.
The Cavs drop to 0-2 and will try to get on the winning track when they host the Forman Lions Oct.16.
In related news, junior Charles Treseler was named the Harvey Parent Association's Sportsman of the Game as part of the PA's Spotlight Game program.