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Football squad falls

November 12, 2011

Jerry Silberman •

Coventry senior quarterback Alex Zannella scored a one-yard touchdown in the Oakers’ 14-12 defeat to Cumberland Saturday afternoon. Coventry plays Toll Gate Saturday.

COVENTRY — Cumberland’s one quarter of domination was just enough to overcome Coventry’s three quarters of solid play.

The Clippers, who are in the Division II playoffs, scored two touchdowns on their first two drives of Saturday’s Division II-A season finale, while Coventry didn’t manage a first down on its three drives in the first quarter.

Everything changed in the second quarter as the Oakers started moving the ball and slowing down the Clipper attack. Coventry managed to score two touchdowns, but the Oakers inability to convert on either of their two-point conversions allowed the Clippers to escape with a 14-12 road win.

“When you play hard and you come up just short, those losses are hard to accept,” Coventry coach Gerry Zannella said. “They score two touchdowns and we score two touchdowns and we end up losing. That’s never easy to take.”

Coventry (2-7, 1-6 Division II-A) received touchdowns from junior running back Brian Grant and senior quarterback Alex Zannella.

The play which epitomized the Oakers’ rotten luck this season came after Grant scored a five-yard touchdown six minutes into the second quarter to make the score 14-6. Coventry attempted to kick an extra point, but the holder couldn’t handle the snap and Zannella, who was going to kick the point, picked up the ball.

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