By Dan Harrison Correspondent
The Salem News
---- — Pingree 41, Vermont Academy 20: The Highlanders (6-2) used three first half touchdown passes by quarterback Jerome Cappadona and a total of 308 yards rushing by eight different ball carriers to secure the road win. Johnny Spears began the game with a 35-yard TD-reception and added a 14-yard scoring catch in the second quarter. Nick Antenucci (4 yards), Sal Fazio (5 yards) and Tom Zaleski (8 yards) all had touchdown runs while Antenucci added a 7-yard touchdown catch to put Pingree ahead 28-7 at the half.
“They (Vermont) are having a tough season, but we played very solid so I was happy with that,” said Pingree coach Chris Powers. “The really nice thing was we had a bunch of young guys get a lot of reps and we got to see a lot of the freshman. It was great to get them the experience and to see them play well was also a big positive.
Zaleski and fellow freshman Max Totsky in particular impressed Powers with their defensive play at linebacker. Both boys are from Marblehead, both started due to injuries and both proved they belonged on the varsity field.
Fazio meanwhile led the team in rushing with 89 yards on eight carries, Cappadona added 58 yards on four carries while going 6 for 14 for 106 yards and Rob VanTuyl led the Highlanders in receiving with four catches for 50 yards.
Freshman defensive lineman Nino Leone, who has been a regular starter all year for Pingree, continues to develop into a serious talent on the defensive front. Saturday, Leone finished with three tackles for a loss and a sack.
“One of the cool things about him (Leone) is that he is 14-years old and he’s so big, but he runs so well. That’s what makes him stand out. He runs like a kid half his size,” said Powers.
The head coach’s son, Ryan Powers, also had a strong game on the defensive front registering a tackle for a loss as well as a strip and a fumble recovery.
Bishop Fenwick 44, Cardinal Spellman 28: The Crusaders trailed 22-15 at the half but came back to snap a three-game losing streak and pick up their first Catholic Central League win of the season.
Rufus Rushins scored three touchdowns on runs of 6, 1, and 7 yards while senior quarterback Fran Hannon threw three touchdowns. Hannon hit Nick Bona for scores of 8 and 38 yards while also connecting with Eric Razney for a 25-yard score.
Fenwick is now 6-3 overall, and 1-2 in the CCL.
Endicott 49, MIT 14: In Endicott’s final game of the regular season, five seniors scored all seven of the Gulls touchdowns as EC finished at 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the Northeastern Football Conference Boyd Division finishing just behind first place Salve Regina. Senior tailbacks Jared DiBiase (107 yards) and Mike Wheeler (136 yards) scored two rushing touchdowns each as both backs finished the season with three, 100-yard rushing games apiece while combining for nearly 1600 yards and 19 touchdowns.
After DiBiase’s two, early TD-runs, Andrew Holfinger intercepted a pass with Endicott already leading 14-0. Signal caller Drew Frenette found senior Mike Murphy on a 5-yard touchdown strike before connecting with Cameron Lett for a 45-yard scoring pass. Wheeler added his two touchdown runs before the half as the Gulls led 42-7 at the break.
Senior Jimmy Nguyen scored the first touchdown of his career on a 1-yard run in the second half to round out the Endicott scoring. Holfinger added a forced fumble while Frenette finished 18 of 20 for 205 yards including an Endicott record 18 straight completions in the first half.
Endicott will likely host a Eastern College Athletic Conference Division 3 Bowl game in two weeks against an opponent to be announced.