The Endicott football team played Rochester (N.Y.) on Saturday for the first time in program history, and defeated the ‘Jackets by a score of 28-3.
The Gulls, coming off their season opening victory against Framingham St., aimed to replicate last week’s success with yet another win. As four quarters passed on a rainy Saturday afternoon, the team remained undefeated.
It was a quick start for the team in navy blue, as the run game led the Gulls to the opposition’s redzone. With 9:12 remaining in the first quarter, junior Dylan Bonfilio rain into the promised land, giving the Gulls a touchdown advantage.
With the Endicott faithful in attendance, the momentum didn’t stop after the team’s initial score. Directly after a fifteen yard passing play, Wilmington native John Kenney exploded for the team’s second touchdown. The 71 yard burst put Endicott up by 14, creating a worrisome deficit for the ‘Jackets.
Rochester’s defense improved as the second quarter reached it’s halfway mark, but Bonfilio and company weren’t satisfied with a two touchdown lead. For the team’s third score, he threw a strike to Will Geneway, capping off a 16 play drive.
The shutout bid for the Gulls would evaporate in the third quarter, as a field goal put the ‘Jackets on the board. However, a comeback looked improbable, and became even more so after Kenney racked up his second touchdown of the day.
An awe-inspiring 191 yard performance from Kenney highlighted the Gulls’ statistics page, and a 2-0 record became reality. After a shaky week one performance, the running back has his sights set on yet another effective performance in seven days.
Despite the rain playing it’s part in a Saturday matinee, the Gull fanbase left Hempstead Stadium in content fashion. A week from today, the team hopes to defend their home in consecutive weeks, as Endicott and Wesley begin play at noon.
(Photo Credit: Nick Grace)