The ensuing kickoff by Alejandro Arrano went sideways for only a 2-yard gain, setting North Shore up at the opponent’s 37-yard line, but Tyler Skane fumbled after catching a short pass, and the Knights recovered. It was another example of North Shore’s inability to finish drives and put points on the board.
The lone Bulldog score came late in the first half when Anderson rushed for 10 yards, and on the next play crashed into the end zone from a yard out. Anderson was the leading rusher with 59 yards on eight carries.
The Bulldogs defense had trouble stopping the punishing ground game of the visitors, who controlled the ball for most of the second half and tacked on 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The lone bright spot was the play of sophomore linebacker Dan Bailey, who made several big tackles for no gain or losses.
“We’ve lost before and bounced back,” Worth said. “We’ve got to do it again. We went with our spread offense today, but we didn’t run the ball well. We’ll take a long look at what went wrong, and figure out a good game plan for the playoffs.”
North Shore is back in the MIAA playoffs for the first time since 2004 and will face a tough Cathedral team next Tuesday in a Division 4A matchup.
Northeast 30, North Shore Tech 6
at Barry Field, Middleton
Northeast (7-4) 8 6 0 16 — 30
North Shore Tech (8-3) 0 6 0 0 — 6
NE-Christian Perez 1 run (Israel Silva pass from Troy Tartarini)
NE-Tartarini 1 run (rush failed)
NS-Tim Anderson 1 run (rush failed)
NE-Kenny Bartolo 3 run (Drew McLaughlin rush)
NE-Terrance McKoy 4 run (Bartolo rush)
RUSHING: Northeast Regional — Kenny Bartolo 6-85, Israel Silva 12-54, Christian Perez 13-52, Troy Tartarini 5-35, Kevin Rosado 2-30, Nick Giangregorio 1-21, Drew McLaughlin 3-14, Terrance McKoy 4-12, Curtis Dale 1-7, Avery Tango 1-(-3); North Shore Tech — Tim Anderson 8-59, Chris Sudak 6-24, Ross Murphy 6-22, Yordany Sanchez 1-7, Tyler Skane 4-6.
PASSING: Northeast Regional — Tartarini 1-6-18-0-1; North Shore Tech — Anderson 5-17-54-0-2.
RECEIVING: Northeast Regional — Tango 1-18; North Shore Tech — Danny Ramirez 1-26, Jared Farese 2-18, Skane 1-6, Jasmany Sanchez 1-4.