The boys varsity football team dominated Worcester Academy on Saturday, October 26, defeating the Hilltoppers 35-0, on the back of a five-touchdown performance from junior quarterback Kevin Luke.
The game got off to strong start as the Pelicans marched 70 yards down the field on eight plays in the opening drive of the game, ending with Luke throwing a screen pass to junior running back Trae Ika, who galloped 26 yards into the endzone.
The Pelican defense forced a three-and-out on Worcester’s first offensive drive and responded on offense with another 70-yard drive down the field, which ended in a 12-yard touchdown catch by junior wide receiver Chase Collyer.
Worcester tested the Pelican defense on the next possession after a long pass and a 15-yard penalty put the Hilltopper offense on the Loomis one yard line, but back-to-back tackles from junior Nate Martey and senior Joe Garbowski forced Worcester to throw the ball on fourth down, and the pass was picked off by junior linebacker Winston Ware.
After both teams were forced to punt the ball on offense, the Pelicans got back on the scoreboard when senior Luke Kelleher caught a pass in the endzone to give the home team a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
Luke and Ika both went on to score touchdowns in the second half to make the score 35-0, while the defense kept Worcester Academy out of the endzone for the entire game. It was the Pelicans’ first shutout of the season. Senior kicker Peter Lena finished a perfect 5-5 on the day.
Up next, the Pelicans will travel to Wallingford, Conn., to take on perennial powerhouse Choate on Saturday, November 2, at 6 p.m.