This past Saturday was the inaugural start of the Lawreceville 2017/18 football season. Big Red hosted Connecticut prep school, Loomis Chaffee, a team that had bested them the previous season. Coming into the game, Lawrenceville was looking for revenge on one of the biggest stages in team history, under the lights. The Big Red Dog Pound came out in full force filling the entire bleachers of Keuffel Memorial Stadium and what a Big Red showing it would turn out to be.
Lawrenceville jumped out to quick 6-0 lead after junior quarterback #15 Rob Rolfe threw a 43 yard touchdown pass to post graduate receiver #17 Dallas Martin. Next, senior #6 Mohammed Diakite made two big plays taking advantage of a relaxed Loomis secondary leading to a 44 yard screen pass that set up a Rolfe to Diakite fade for an 11 yard touchdown putting Lville up 13-0.
Loomis answered with two quick scores putting the Pelicans up in the middle of third quarter, 14-13. In response, Lville went back to captain Mohammed Diakite who caught another screen pass, this time, taking it 74 yards to put Lawrenceville up 19-16 heading into the 4th. After that, it was up to the Big Red defense to hold Loomis. Lead by post graduate linebacker #3 Caleb Weber and junior linebacker #7 Kwesi Adu-Diawuo, Lville was able to force a Loomis punt that lead to a Big Red score from running back #34 Jaden Bailey.
Winning by a final score of 26-16, WR/CB Mohammed Diakite had this to say about the team’s performance, “We played well, there were some ups and downs but it was huge to grab the win in front of our home crowd.” WR Dallas Martin also commented on the electric atmosphere from the student section saying, “it meant a lot that the student section showed up and it definitely kept us motivated throughout all four quarters.” On the other side of the ball, LB Caleb Weber said, “we showed great potential and moving forward we just need to focus on building team chemistry on both sides of the ball.” Big Red takes on one of the toughest teams they’ll play all season in Deerfield Academy, a renewed rivalry dating back to the late 80s. LB Kwesi Adu-Diawuo said this about looking forward to next week’s game, “In order to be successful, we have to continue to play tough and with confidence because they’re a talented team and capable of making plays.”
Deerfield will be playing their first game of the season against Big Red, Saturday, September 16th, at 2:30. With a game under their belt and at home, Big Red will need to focus on maintaining their fast paced offense throughout all four quarters and continue their lockdown play in the secondary.
Prediction: Lawrenceville 30 Deerfield 17