Football wins home opener over Pace
What exactly is a greyhound? A quick Google search says that a greyhound is “a dog of a tall, slender breed having keen sight and capable of high speed.”
The definition goes on, but remember two phrases from this: Keen sight and high speed.
2nd and 1 at the Pace 19-yard line. Senior quarterback Marc Monks handed the ball off to his running back, senior Dylan Oxsen, who saw the play develop and quickly cut to his left.
His blockers opened a large hole downfield and slightly to his left. With a burst of speed, he hit the gap between the defenders hard.
He scampered past the second level of the defense and trotted into the end zone, where he was eventually mobbed by his teammates. Keen sight. High speed.
On Friday, September 8, the Assumption Greyhounds played in front of the home fans for the first time in the 2017 season and soundly defeated the Setters of Pace University 56-0 at the Multi-Sport Stadium.
Junior wide receiver Deonte Harris was one of several Hounds to show off “keen sight” and “high speed.” He caught the opening kickoff at his own one-yard line and proceeded to return it 48 yards, giving the Hounds great field position.
“It’s special to watch him.” Said Assumption senior and fellow wide receiver, Ashton Grant. “I turn more into a fan than a player just to watch him run around and do what he does.”
Assumption senior running back Dylan Oxsen, scored one of his two touchdowns on the ground during that 19-yard dash to the end zone.
Assumption had defeated Pace 59-16 in their previous meeting last season and this one was no different. The story of this game could be told from what the two teams did with the ball the first time they got it.
The Hounds marched right down the field and scored a touchdown in one minute and 12 seconds. The Setters touched the ball for the first time on the ensuing kickoff- and fumbled it.
“Anytime you can create turnovers, obviously it puts you in a very advantageous position.” Head Coach Bob Chesney said.
So how were the Hounds able to win in such resounding fashion? For starters, they played physical, aggressive football on both sides of the ball.
One of the keys to winning a football game is running the football well and the Hounds did that, picking up 218 total yards on the ground. This forced the defense to bring more defenders to the line of scrimmage, opening the passing game for the Hounds.
“I liked what we did in the run game.” Chesney said. “We were able to get vertical pretty quickly, get into that second level and now you have a chance to make someone miss.”
Another key to victory was the Hounds’ ability to protect their quarterback and attack the Setters’ signal caller. The Hounds’ quarterbacks were only sacked once and had time to survey the field.
“I was really concerned with their D-line and how aggressive they were the week before getting after the quarterback.” Chesney said. “I really thought they posed a lot of problems just because of their motors and how tough and physical they are. I thought we did a nice job of holding them at bay throughout the game.”
The result was 302 total passing yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Hounds’ pass rush and blitz made things difficult for the Setters to get into any sort of rhythm in the passing game.
The Hounds sacked the quarterback five times and forced a number of hurried throws.
All in all, it was a tremendous home-opener for the Hounds. Assumption senior Ceara McDonnell was at the Multi-Sport Stadium Friday night to see the victory.
“As soon as the whistle was blown, I knew that the Hounds were going to defeat Pace.” McDonnell said. “The hungry Hounds were quick on their feet and were full of energy, which wowed the crowd and especially me. I was glad to see the Hounds enjoy their supper at my last home football game.”
Many fans took in the Hounds’ Friday night supper, with the attendance marked at 1811. The energy was strong by the Hound fans, distributed evenly from the main stands and the Hound Pound section, as noted by Assumption senior Chris Lacroix.
“Great school spirit.” Lacroix said. “It’s always great to see our school win.”
At the time of print, the Greyhounds are 2-0 and will be playing at Southern Connecticut State on Friday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m., followed by a Family Weekend home game on Saturday, September 23 against Merrimack at 1:00 p.m.
Tim Capurso, a senior, studies English. He is the Sports Editor for Le Provocateur.