Pingree began its Evergreen League schedule a bit shorthanded last week against Portsmouth Abbey, but senior quarterback Jerome Cappadona
came up huge nevertheless. He completed 22-of-36 passes for 301 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 110 yards and another score in Pingree’s 26-13 win.
His timing in producing such a dominant statistical game couldn’t have been any better as the Highlanders were playing without dynamic running back/wide receiver Johnny Spears , who is day-to-day with an injury.
“When I did the stats I was shocked. I didn’t realize he had such a great game running-wise,” Pingree coach Chris Powers
said. “He ran for almost 700 yards last year and had 100 yards against Portsmouth Abbey last year (in) his first start.
“He’s a dual-threat kind of guy, and that has an affect on how teams can play us.”
The Pingree defense also got standout performances from linebackers Nick Antenucci and Hossam Hamdan.
Antenucci, who ran for two touchdowns and caught another, led the way with 13 tackles.
Pingree plays at Proctor Academy tomorrow, looking to move to 2-0 in the league. The Highlanders are 3-2 against Proctor, having won the last three meetings; Proctor is coming off of a 36-0 opening game win over Kents Hill.
Marblehead hasn’t seen a complete roster turnover from their Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Tier 2 champions from a year ago, but it isn’t exactly the most experienced team out there, either. So how have the Magicians quickly emerged as No. 2 on the list of NEC/CAL Tier 2 favorites this year behind Beverly?
The key has been the development of some younger and/or inexperienced players.
“I was just talking to John Perry, who was an all-star outside linebacker for us last year. His younger brother Nick is a senior this season,” Marblehead coach Jim Rudloff