Sep 02, 2012 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Though more important contest lie ahead for the Christian Brothers Academy football team, it still remained important for the Brothers to get a quick start.
And the Brothers did so, though it needed all 48 minutes to fend off a serious challenge from Nottingham and prevail 28-14 last Friday night on the Bulldogs’ home turf.
The two neighboring schools played again this fall despite Nottingham’s move from Class AA to the Class A American division. Now, as then, the Bulldogs made sure the Brothers worked hard.
In fact, Nottingham, who began practice one minute after midnight on Aug. 13 (the first possible time it could take the field), struck the first big blow, thanks to a big pass play.
From his own 37-yard line, Bulldogs quarterback Marty Clanton went deep, and found Tyquon Hightower, who outran CBA’s normally stout defensive backs and finished off a 63-yard touchdown play.
Trailing 7-0, the Brothers regrouped and, led by quarterback J.R. Zazzara (who was making his first career start), moved to Nottingham’s six-yard line, from where Joey Pascarella scored. Nolan Bower’s extra point, the first of four successful PAT’s, tied it 7-7.
Gradually, CBA’s defense began to settle in, keeping Nottingham off the board through the game’s middle stages. Still, the Brothers could not take full advantage, only getting a four-yard TD run from Demetrius Brown in the second quarter.
So the Brothers clung to a 14-7 lead going to the final period before its relentless running game finally led to some clinching points. Zazzara scrambled five yards for one TD, and Deshawn Salter took off 10 yards for his only score of the night.
Salter led CBA with 112 yards on 10 carries. Zazzara threw for 70 yards and ran for 60 more, while Cody Radziewicz and Ben Capella each intercepted passes from Clanton.
The Brothers return to the Class AA fold – and return to Alibrandi Stadium – Friday night at 6:30 to host Utica Proctor. Led by multi-purpose quarterback Jordan Treen, the Raiders, a Section III semifinalist last fall, squandered a 16-0 lead as it fell to Corcoran 42-30 in its opener.
A day after CBA started, it was Bishop Grimes’ turn, but it ran right into defending Class D champion Westmoreland and took a 55-19 loss to that group of Bulldogs.
For a half, the Cobras did stay within range of Westmoreland. Tyler Carbonaro threw an 18-yard TD pass to Connor Evans in the fist quarter, and went deeper to find Casey Evans for a 63-yard scoring strike in the second quarter.
When Max Weaver returned a fumble 48 yards for six points, Grimes was within nine, 28-19, at the break. Gradually, though, Westmoreland wore the Cobras down, adding two more TDs in each of the last two periods while pitching a defensive shutout, too.
Three different Bulldogs rushed past the century mark as Tim Harrison got 189 yards, Robert Heitzman added 169 yards and Zack Green ran for 108 yards – a total of 466 yards on the ground between them, Green contributing four touchdowns.
Grimes heads east this Saturday and will meet New York Mills for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Marauders lost its opener to Cooperstown 43-20.