, Salem, MA

October 29, 2012

Weekend football roundup: Second half shutout lifts North Shore Tech over Whittier

The Salem News

---- — The North Shore Tech football team scored 44 straight points, including 24 unanswered in the second half, in snapping host Whittier’s six game winning streak with a 44-14 decision.

The Bulldogs (6-2) fumbled on their first possession, but scored every time they touched the ball the rest of the way. QB Tim Anderson had two rushing touchdowns and threw another score to Bryan Jackson. Chris Sudak scored a pair of rushing TDs and Ross Murphy added another for North Shore.

“It was a really good win. Whittier’s a good team that’s playing for the CAC Large title next week,” said North Shore head coach Paul Worth. “We had good balance offensively.”

Whittier runs the single wing and the Bulldogs’ defense was up to the challenge of stuffing the run. Defensive end Yordanny Sanchez and tackle Denzel Birth controlled the line of scrimmage with outstanding efforts.

“We were only up 20-14 at halftime and we made it a point not to let them score in the second half,” said Worth. “We had to change our defense a little and we did a really good job with it.”

Fullback Tyler Skane ran for 101 yards on four carries, including a 93-yard jaunt that set up one of Anderson’s TDs. The Bulldogs totaled 298 yards on the ground.

Pingree 55, Tilton 34: The Highlanders scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Tilton and improve to 5-2 on the season. Sal Fazio had two scores (one rushing, one receiving) in the decisive final period while Johnny Spears (175 yards receiving on six grabs) had a rushing TD in the fourth on top of two first-half receiving scored.

“He’s just electrifying,” Pingree coach Chris Powers said of Spears, who has scored at least three touchdowns three consecutive weeks in a row. “He isn’t a big kid, but he’s quick and shifty, and it’s amazing to watch him every time he touches the ball.”

QB Jerome Cappadona threw for 238 yards and four TDs while rushing for 86 yards and a score. The Highlanders were tied with Tilton, 21-21, at halftime and outscored the hosts 35-13 in the second half. Alex Salalayko also had a receiving TD for Pingree.

Archbishop Williams 32, Bishop Fenwick 24: The Crusaders made a strong second half push but couldn’t overcome the two-touchdown first-half lead they spotted Williams. Senior quarterback Fran Hannon threw for a season-high 221 yards and ran for 73 yards. Sophomore Rufus Rushins was hobbled by a sprained ankle but still rushed 10 times for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Crusaders, who have now dropped three straight games and are 0-2 in the Catholic Central League.

Nick Bona scored on a 9-yard pass from Hannon, and Charlie Maistrellis added 55 yards receiving and 39 yards rushing. Eric Razney was Hannon’s favorite target, collecting seven passes for 83 yards.

“We wanted to throw it a little. We knew they were big up front and we were able to move the ball. We went no huddle a lot and that gave them some problems on offense,” Woods said. “I don’t think anybody was expecting anything from (Archbishop Williams) this year. They have the same kids and they weren’t very good last year, but they’re pretty good this year. Them against St. Mary’s is going to be a battle.”

Endicott 50, Western New England 45: Mike Murphy set an Endicott record with five touchdown receptions and also became the Gulls’ all-time leading receiver in yardage in Endicott’s historic 100th game on Saturday.

QB Drew Frenette threw for 342 yards and six scores, hooking up with Murphy 11 times for 139 yards as the Gulls improved to 7-2. Mike Wheeler ran for 123 yards for Endicott and Peter Kallas had nine tackles and an interception. Dylan Rushe also converted a pair of field goals to keep Endicott ahead, as WNEC led only once (7-0) and didn’t come within six points until the final two minutes of play.