, Salem, MA


November 23, 2012

Slow start dooms Danvers in loss to Gloucester


The Danvers defense forced a punt early in the fourth quarter, but then fumbled the ball away on a fourth-and-1 near midfield.

Andreas’ touchdown pass to Valles was also followed by a successful on-side kick, but the Falcons failed to move the ball after that and Gloucester was able to run out the clock.

Gloucester got offensive balance from Curcuru (18 carries, 165 yards), Jordan Pallazola (15-83) and Parisi (6-69).

Valles caught five passes for 92 yards and also rushed for 55 yards on 10 carries.

“I thought our seniors stepped up and really led in the second half,” Rogers said. “The seniors deserve a lot of credit, and not just for what they did in the second half but for what they’ve done the last four years.”

Gloucester 28, Danvers 19

at Dr. Deering Stadium, Danvers

Gloucester (4-7) 14 8 6 0 — 28

Danvers (5-6) 0 0 13 6 — 19

G-John Curcuru 62 run (Jordan Pallazola rush)

G-Santo Parisi 29 run (kick blocked)

G-Curcuru 28 run (Parisi rush)

D-Alex Valles 43 run (rush failed)

D-John Thomas 58 pass from Nick Andreas (Anthony Garron kick)

G-Parisi 1 run (pass failed)

D-Valles 55 pass from Andreas (pass failed)


RUSHING: Gloucester — John Curcuru 18-165, Jordan Pallazola 15-83, Santo Parisi 6-69, Mark Horgan 10-22, Devin Hemeon 1-6; Danvers — Alex Valles 10-55, Alex Grant 6-24, John Thomas 3-19, Anthony Garron 1-2, Nick Andreas 5-(-2).

PASSING: Gloucester — Parisi 3-7-29-0-0, Conor Harris 0-1-0-0-0; Danvers — Andreas 9-21-180-2-1.

RECEIVING: Gloucester — Hemeon 2-29, Horgan 1-0; Danvers — Valles 5-92, Thomas 1-58, Garron 1-19, Jake Cawlina 1-10, Max McKinnon 1-1.

You ought to know After an 0-2 start in the league, Gloucester ended up finishing in second place in the Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Tier 2 with a 3-2 record, behind only undefeated Beverly. The future does look bright for Danvers with quarterback Nick Andreas and running back John Thomas only in their sophomore years, and junior running back Alex Valles still has a senior year to look forward to. "We gotta get in the weight room and do all the offseason stuff, get bigger, faster, stronger and start back at ground zero next year. It's a whole new team. We're losing 18 seniors. We gotta find our identity this offseason." Danvers coach Sean Rogers said about next fall's prospects. The Fishermen now hold a 44-19-2 advantage in this rivalry overall, and lead 35-15 on Thanksgiving. Danvers took 45 yards of penalties in the first half. Cathy Newbegin, long-time Danvers Secretary to the Director of Athletics, was presented with a bouquet of flowers at halftime. Yesterday was her final day on the job. She's retiring and moving to Florida.

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