St. John Vianney quarterback Billy DeMato could not have asked for a better start to his Lancers’ career.
DeMato, a senior transfer from Bishop Ahr, started against Monsignor Donovan on Friday, completing all six passes he threw for 168 yards as the Lancers beat the Griffins 40-0.
“I don’t think someone could have written a better book,” DeMato said. “That was the perfect start for me.”
On the Lancers opening drive, DeMato found Ishmael Hyman on a 42-yard touchdown pass to make the score 7-0.
“Like I have said, Billy can throw any ball,” Hyman said. “He came in comfortable, airing it out.”
Despite it being his first start for the Lancers, DeMato is no stranger to being a starting quarterback, said Vianney coach Andy Carlstrom.
“He comes into season starting 15 or 16 games while he was at Bishop Ahr,” Carlstrom said. “He knows how to play football. He knows the pressure of starting on Friday nights. “He did a really good job for us tonight. Early on he was really on with the passes. I could not be happier with his performance tonight.”
The Lancers stretched the lead to 13-0 on a 3-yard run by Chris Colapinto late in the first quarter.
“The offensive line did a great job tonight,” Hyman said. “This win was a total team effort.”
Early in the second quarter, DeMato found Steven Rosso with a 19-yard touchdown pass to make the score 19-0.
“I’m just happy to be in this offense, happy that the lineman are able to block,” DeMato said. “If I get time I want to make those guys proud and put points on the board. Our offense is so high powered that they are not catching up after we start like that.”
Matt Falco scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to make the score 26-0 and the Lancer defense limited Donovan to two first downs in the first half.
“Defense played great,” Carlstrom said. “Last year we struggled with option teams and one of our off-season goals was to improve the way we played the option. We did that tonight.”
Colapinto, who also plays on defense, said it was important to get a shutout.
“Before the game started, I told coach that we were going to get a shutout tonight, because last year we did not,” Colapinto said. “We want to change what people think of SJV and this was a good way to do it, with a shutout in the opening game.”