Jacks Make A Point
A Lot of Them, Rather, in Rout
Windsor — This is not the score of a basketball game.
Windsor has had a lot of great running backs over the years, and senior Ethan Hill made a case for his name to be added to that list on Saturday afternoon. Hill rushed for 383 yards and scored six touchdowns — five rushing, one on a pass reception — during the Yellowjackets’ 68-42 win over Mount St. Joseph’s at MacLeay-Royce Field.
Hill, a 6-foot, 180-pounder, carried the ball 28 times and scored on runs of nine, 35, 17, 62 and 37 yards and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass.
“You know we knew 45 (Hill) was going to run behind 77 (Matt Thayer), and we jut couldn’t stop him,” said MSJ coach Jeff Cassarino.
Hill, who said he was a little tired and “going home to take a nap,” knew he was the beneficiary of some great blocking. “I would just get through the line, and there was all this room to run,” Hill said. “The guys were good to me.”
While Cassarino was obviously displeased with the defense, he was upbeat about scoring 42 points: “We did some good things, but not many good things on defense. We carry a roster of 40, but just 12-15 guys do most of the playing.”
After a spanking by Mill River in the Windsor opener, first-year coach Greg Balch hoped the win puts the Jacks in a better frame of mind as they prepare for their first road game at Oxbow on Saturday.
“We made some mistakes defensively, but they were the same mistakes we kept making over and over, so I think we can correct those things,” said Balch, who picked up his first varsity win. “This is one of those good-feeling victories, and it should help us in our preparation next week.”
Windsor played without all-purpose player Russell Simonds, who messed up his collarbone last week. Simonds had the Jacks’ only score in their first-week loss to Mill River.
In addition to the six touchdowns by Hill, Windsor scored on an 25-yard option pass from Tyson Boudro to Hunter Patenaude, a four-yard run from scrimmage by Jesse Picknell and a quarterback sneak by sophomore keeper Nick Kapuscinski. Just before the half, freshman Caleb Harrington cut in front of the intended receiver and intercepted a pass from MSJ quarterback Collin Gilbert and ran it back 45 yards for a touchdown.
Hill also ran a 2-point conversion as did Boudro, while Nik Osborne booted two extra points. Kapuscinski had two interceptions on defense.
While the Yellowjackets put up huge offensive numbers, the Mounties kept banging away and keeping the game from being a complete runaway as Gilbert passed for four touchdowns and ran for another. He had scoring passes of 18, 64 and 37 to Jonah Farrow and 47 yards to Zach Lanzillo. In the first quarter, he found no one to throw to and ran it in from the 30.
It was just a 22-14 game with 9:11 to go in the second quarter when Windsor scored the next four touchdowns to break the game open.