KENT, Conn. — Facing a four-plus hour bus ride home from this small town near the New York border, there was something would make the journey quite a bit more palatable for Phillips Academy. A victory.
The Big Blue made that trip well worth it, as Matt Lialio scored with 8:42 left in the game and the Phillips defense made it stand for a 20-13 victory over Kent.
“Imagine if we had lost,” said Big Blue coach Leon Modeste. “It would have been like a morgue for four hours. Instead it was just very happy, sleepy kids.”
The win made Phillips 2-0 for the season, matching its win total from a season ago.
The visitors took the lead in the first when Lialio caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from fellow postgrad Ian Maag.
Phillips 20, Kent 13
Phillips (2-0): 7 7 0 6 — 20
Kent (1-1): 7 0 6 0 — 13
PA — Matt Lialio 8 pass from Ian Maag (Tom Mullen kick)
K — Matt LaPorta 12 pass from Alvaro Roux-Garica (Felipe Michalk kick)
PA — Ryder Stone 1 run (Mullen kick)
K — Alex Fontana fumble recovery in end zone (kick failed)
PA — Lialio 10 run (rush failed)
RUSHING: Ryder Stone 18-84, Michael Moore 3-10, Matt Lialio 7-62, Ian Maag 6-23
PASSING: Maag 12-17-1, 141
RECEIVING: Brandon Michel 2-54, Matt Rusk-Kosa 5-42, Jake Howell 4-39, Lialio 1-8