Sept. 17, 2006
WEST HAVEN, Conn. - In a JV matchup Sunday afternoon at Frank Field, Brown edged Yale 16-10. The Bears overcame an early 4-0 deficit after Yale pulled off the rare feat of getting two safeties.
The Elis' first safety came on a busted punt: freshman defensive back Travis Henry dragged down the Bears' punter in the end zone after he chased down a high snap deep in his own territory.
The next pair of points were set up by a sack from sophomore defensive lineman Shane Jones that pushed the Bears back to their own six for a punt. This time, Brown was flagged for holding in the end zone during the punt, giving Yale a 4-0 lead with 3:18 left in the first half.
Brown took a 7-4 lead with a touchdown just before halftime, and the Bulldogs had the potential game-tying field goal blocked as time ran out in the second quarter.
The Bears extended the lead to 13-4 with another touchdown (the extra point attempt hit the right upright) late in the third quarter. A spectacular leaping grab by sophomore wide receiver Jarrett Drake on an 18-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Richie Scudellari pulled Yale within three with 14:12 left in the game.
The Bulldogs failed to get a first down on their next two drives, however, and that gave Brown the chance to extend the lead with a field goal with 3:13 to play.
Yale's final drive got off to a rough start when a long kickoff return by freshman wide receiver Reid Lathan that would have given Yale the ball in Brown territory was called back due to an illegal block in the back. The Bulldogs thus started from their own nine-yard line, and two plays later an interception gave Brown the chance to run out the clock.
The Yale JV team returns to action Sun. Oct. 15 against Bridgton Academy at Frank Field.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity