Red Team Silences Masconomet in Game 1
The Red Squad traveled to Pye Brook Field last Wednesday for a game under the lights against Masco. The Chieftains were looking to avenge an early season loss to Marblehead, but the home field advantage proved useless as the Red Team rolled over Masco 24-6.
Marblehead dominated on both sides of the ball. The offense was provided by Jake Cohen, Anthony Ruggerio and Eli Smith. Ruggerio scored in the 2nd quarter on a short run off-tackle that was set up by a strong defensive performance and a short field. Eli Smith had a great run on a busted play at the beginning of the second half that went for 60 yards, six points and a 14-0 Marblehead lead.
In the 3rd, Cohen tallied his first score of the game on a-10 yard sweep, making the score 20-0.
Masco refused to yield, and put together a nice 80-yard scoring drive of their own to make the score 20-6 early in the 4th quarter.
The Masco rally was stymied when Cohen scored his second touchdown of the day on a pick-six for which he covered 50 yards. The final score was 26-6 for MHD.
"This was probably the most complete game the Red Squad has played all season," commented Coach Bial after the game. "We got a lot of contributions from many different players. Jake Cohen had his best game of the season with big plays on both sides of the ball and Justin Consigli did a great job on defense playing both defensive tackle and defensive end. It was a great way to start the week given the tough schedule these kids have with two games this week."
The Red Team Improves to 7 – 1 with Game 2 Win
The Red Squad had little time to enjoy their victory in Topsfield. Due to a scheduling conflict that necessitated the Wednesday night game, the locals were back on the field Sunday for a match-up against the Scarlet Knights of North Andover. These two teams knew each other well, having met in the first game of the season. For the second time in as many tries, Marblehead reigned suprime by a score of 18-0.
Jake Cohen and Anthony Ruggerio were again key components of the offense. Ruggerio scored on a nice run where he refused to be tackled. Three N. Andover defenders had a chance to bring him down, but Ruggerio kept driving for the first score of the game. Eli Smith threw a perfect 35-yard spiral to a wide open Cohen for the second TD of the game, and Cohen capped off the scoring with short run for the final tally of 18-0.
The Marblehead defense proved too tough and notched their fourth shutout of the season.
"I'm so proud of these kids," commented Coach Bob Simmons. "It was a tough week with little practice time due to the schedule. Kids were banged up from Wednesday's game, but they battled through it…I also thought Tommy Seminara and Aidan Caldwell had a fantastic games."
The victory over N. Andover sets up a rematch with the Falcons of Danvers, the Red Squad's only loss on the season. The winner of Sunday's game will be the JV-A Conference Champion. The game will be played at Hopkins Field Sunday at 9:00 a.m.