By Dan Harrison
---- — MIDDLETON — It’s hardly rare for the head coach of a football team to be unsatisfied with his squad’s performance in the wake of a blow out win. After all, good coaches are unrelenting critics.
When the players themselves are expressing dissatisfaction after a lopsided victory, well, that’s a sign of team with much loftier goals.
North Shore Tech scored five unanswered touchdowns Saturday in a 36-6 home drubbing of Cape Cod Tech but after, when the group huddled together around Paul Worth, their veteran head coach noticed something peculiar about his undefeated Bulldogs (4-0 for the first time since 1998 and just the third time in program history).
“There’s no reason not to feel good (at 4-0). But the kids weren’t excited after this game because they kind of knew as the game wore on we were physically stronger than this team (Cape Cod Tech) and some felt we didn’t play that well,” said Worth. “I thought we played OK, but they want to get into another big game with somebody good and they are going to get one next week because we have St. Mary’s of Lynn and they’re loaded.”
It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to take control of Saturday’s game as Cape Cod Tech had trouble with the center/quarterback exchange, fumbling early and often.
Tim Anderson connected with Jazmanny Sanchez for a 24-yard touchdown pass in which Sanchez made a terrific play going up to get the ball. After a CCT fumble, Anderson plowed his way forward for a one-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak and after two, Ross Murphy conversion runs North Shore Tech had a 16 point cushion just minutes into the game.
North Shore Tech ran counters and traps up the middle while finding success with toss and jet sweeps to the outside.
“We talk about jet sweep all week but (you don’t understand) until you see it run live and that makes it difficult to stop,” said Cape Cod Tech (0-3) coach Chris Leonard, whose team had under 30 players dressed on the sideline Saturday. “We figured it out (before the second half) and we started to stop it but by that time it was 30-0 and it didn’t really matter anymore.”
Murphy was North Shore’s leading rusher with 63 yards on 14 carries while Chris Sudak finished with 45 yards on just five carries. After early his success on conversions, Murphy walked into the end zone from two yards out on a toss on the last play of the first quarter.
“(Cape Cod is) very young and I don’t think we played with much passion today we were just more athletic, stronger and able to exert our will on them early on,” said Worth.
A big part of that physicality was winning the battle up front, which the Bulldogs took in a landslide. Ronnie Williams (center), Denzel Birth (guard) and John Sabbio (guard) executed in the trap game while tackles Eric Comeau and Chris Girard consistently put good blocks on the linebackers.
Fullback Tyler Skane (seven rushes, 37 yards) continues to show strong vision and ability to fight through tackles as the senior added a seven yard touchdown run before the half.
“Let’s give the O-line a little credit too. They are trap blocking very well and allowing Skane to get all those yards,” said Worth. “Both our tackles were able to get to the linebackers. That offensive line is starting to do a nice job and only playing one way. All five of them as a group.”
Anderson found paydirt for the second time in the afternoon in the third quarter on a two yard run. Jazmanny Sanchez also had an interception at the end of the first half when he defended a fade pass to perfection showing the speed to stay with his man and the instincts to turn, find the ball and bring it down in the Bulldogs’ end zone.