SOUTH DEERFIELD >> It was a rough opening night for the Drury football team.
Frontier Regional School racked up 363 rushing yards and five touchdowns en route to a 38-18 domination of the Blue Devils in an independent football game Friday night in South Deerfield.
Frontier kept handing the ball off to Aaron Landry (12 carries, 192 yards), Steven Worthley (9 carries, 88 yards) and Seth Gewanter (14 carries, 69 yards).
It took Frontier all of nine plays and 1:49 to march 63 yards before Gewanter blasted in from the one for the first of his three touchdowns. Worthley caught the PAT conversion pass from quarterback Myles Freeman to make the score 8-0.
The Red Hawks would score again on the next series when Landry took a hand-off and tore up the left sideline for a 92-yard touchdown run. Gewanter took in the two-point conversion to make it 16-0.
The Blue Devils didn't go down quietly, answering with a score on the next series. Quarterback Obilio Rodriguez hit senior wide receiver Hayden Bird for a 64-yard touchdown pass. Bird was Rodriguez favorite target of the night, with four receptions which accounted for 116 of the Blue Devlis' 121 passing yards. It was the first varsity touchdown pass for Rodriguez.
A fumbled snap on the two-point conversion kept the score 16-6. Gewanter would score on a 16-yard touchdown run, followed by a failed two-point conversion to make the score 22-6 Red Hawks at the end of one quarter.
As tough as the Frontier running game was, the Drury defense hung in there. Frontier turned the ball over 4 times on fumbles, one of which led to 85-yard touchdown recovery by Blue Devil defensive back Thaylen Harrison in the second quarter to make the score 22-12.
Worthley would round out the first half scoring late in the second quarter with an 18-yard touchdown run, followed by a Gewanter PAT run to make the score 30-12 heading into the break.
After a scoreless third, Gewanter scored for the third time on a ten-yard touchdown run in the fourth to make the score 36-12. After spending most of the game employing a pretty ineffective ground game, Drury went to the air in the fourth and scored late in the fourth when Rodriguez hit Harrison with a one-yard touchdown pass set up by two long receptions by Bird for 20 and 30 yards on the previous two plays.
F—Gewanter 1 run (Worthley pass from Freeman)
F—Landry 92 run (Gewanter run)
D—Bird 64 pass from Rodriguez (Run failed)
F—Gewanter 16 run (Run failed)
D—Harrison 85 fumble recovery (Run failed)
F—Worthley 18 run (Gewanter run)
F—Gewanter 10 run (Run failed)
D—Harrison 5 pass from Rodriguez (Run failed)
RUSHING—D: Harrison 12-53, Beda 14-18, Rodriguez 1-1. F: Landry 12-192, Worthley 9-88, Gewanter 14-69, Freeman 2-9, Blight 1-5
PASSING—D: Rodriguez 5-10-1 121. F: Freeman 1-2-0-30
RECEIVING—D: Bird 4-116, Harrison 1-5. F: Price 1-30