Struggles Continue For Durfee Football

Spencer Borden '13
Staff Reporter
October 16, 2012

The past two games have been tough ones for the Hilltoppers. On September 28th, the Durfee varsity football team traveled all the way up to Quincy to play against the Quincy Presidents, they would however make the long drive home disappointed, losing  34-6.

The Toppers killed themselves in this non-league matchup. They missed many scoring opportunities on many three and out drives. Durfee also mishandled five snaps, which lead to five fumbles. Fortunately, the Toppers recovered them all, but each one lost yardage and a down. The only score Durfee put on the board came with two minutes remaining in the game, a 14 yard rush from senior Isaiah Slowik. On defense, the Toppers missed some big plays, including an early almost sack that the Presidents evaded and converted for a first down. This first down resulted in a touchdown, the first of the game and one that set the tone for the rest of the game.

This past Friday Durfee played Apponequet Regional High School Lakers after a bye week. This game differed from the last as the Toppers played more competitively, however the end result was the same, a loss.

With a 4:00 PM start time, the Hilltoppers gave up an early touchdown on the Lakers opening drive. Durfee responded right away with a touchdown of their own however, coming on a 14 yard rush from running back Raheem Barzey. Unfortunately, the Topper defense was only able to stop the Lakers once throughout the game, with a sack on 4th down. The Durfee offense was able to put two more touchdowns on the scoreboard, on a spectacular eight yard pass to sophomore Michael Correia as time expired in the first half, and the last came off a monster 72 yard run from Barzey. Durfee was only successful on 1 one of 2 point after tries, and failed to score on a two point conversion. The end score was 35-19, time was a big factor for the Toppers, as 4 minutes (one from each quarter) was cut from the game to ensure the game ended before a 6:00 PM curfew, because of the EEE threat.