BRISTOL — Quarterback Matt DeFelice led the Huskies by rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for another as the football team won their first league game of the season over Mt. Pleasant, 26-20, in front of a frenzied home crowd at Vendituoli Field on Friday night.
“The team played a really tough and physical game. Mt. Pleasant was a lot better and bigger than we expected, and certainly was more of a test then the other teams we've played so far,” said Huskies head coach Thomas Del Santo Jr.
With the Huskies down 8-0 in the second quarter, the Mt. Hope defense forced the Kilties to punt from mid-field. The snap flew over the punter’s head and was recovered by Jeff Silvia on the 19-yard line.
Runs by Dylan Martins and Jeff Silvia moved the ball down to the 3 yard-line. Matt DeFelice dove into the end zone on a keeper to get the Huskies on the board. A missed extra point made the score 8-6 at half time.
In the third quarter, DeFelice directed the Huskies on a 60 yard drive. Hitting Martins with a pass for a first down and running for another first down on an option. DeFelice ended the drive with a 19-yard touch down pass to Max Moskala, giving the Huskies a 12-8 lead.
“Matt is getting better everyday. Dylan Martins did an unbelievable job. He’s running hard with good vision. He’s surpassing everyone’s expectations,” said coach Del Santo.
In the fourth quarter, Mt. Pleasant struck back with a touchdown drive of their own making the score 14-12, Kelties.
The Huskies came right back with another touchdown drive. DeFelice scored again on a 1-yard keeper. A Zach DaCosta kick made the score 19-12.
The Huskies scored again on a 1-yard run by Moskala. Another DaCosta kick made the score 26-12.
Mt. Pleasant came back again late in the fourth quarter to make the score 26-20, but it was too little too late.
“Our team showed resilience and perseverance. It was the first time that we behind all season and with the injuries, I wasn’t sure how we would respond. But they played great,” said coach Del Santo.
Running back Josh Pompey broke his leg in the first quarter of the game.
Quarterback Matt DeFelice went 6 for 12 and 56 yards passing with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Max Moskala. He also ran for two touchdowns.
The Huskies rushed for 237 yards.
Dylan Martins gained 75 yards on 18 attempts.
Jeff Sylvia gained 93 yards on 8 attempts.
Max Moskala gained 45 yards on 6 attempts.
DeFelice gained 24 yards on 5 attempts.
On Defense, Kyle Dias recored a sack for the Huskies.
Moskala and Caden Cabral each had interceptions.
Friday, 9/22, the Huskies play at Coventry at 6 p.m.
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