Keyport head coach Mike Ciccotelli’s midseason decision to return to the Wing-T offense appears to be working out.
After a brief stint with the shotgun formation to start the season, the Red Raiders exploded for a 28-point first quarter out of the Wing-T on Saturday against Cardinal McCarrick and rolled past the Eagles 48-6 at home. Keyport churned out 258 total rushing yards on 23 carries.
“We started the season in shotgun,” Ciccotelli said. “Our timing was off quite a bit, so I went back to the old game plan I had for years here, running the old Wing-T. They got off the ball, found their blocks, made holes, and we did what we had to do.”
Junior running back Mike O’Dwyer led the ground attack, carrying eight times for 104 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Running back Johnny Olsen played the role of sparkplug early on for Keyport. The senior got the Red Raiders on the board with a 4-yard touchdown run four minutes into the game. On the following possession, he sacked Cardinal McCarrick quarterback Alonzo Green for a 9-yard loss, forcing a punt and setting up the O’Dwyer score.
“Johnny’s a tough kid,” said Ciccotelli. “He’s playing hurt. He got hurt in a scrimmage and he’s still playing hurt. He’s hard-nosed, loyal, dedicated. You can’t ask for more from him.”
Keyport quarterback Alex Thomson made his only two completions on the day count for scores. In the first quarter, Thomson lined up on the Red Raiders’ own 28-yard line and found senior wideout Greg Armstrong open on the left side. Armstrong used a quick block to go 79 yards untouched into the end zone.
On the following possession, Thomson connected with Thomson again. This time, Armstrong went 18 yards right through the middle of the Eagles’ defense and into the end zone. The touchdown capped the 28-point first-quarter scoring spree for Keyport.
In the second quarter, senior Anthony Cavallo rushed 23 yards for a score and then tacked on another touchdown in the third quarter with an 18-yard run.
Freshman Ky’Sun Pryor took a handoff 25 yards and into the end zone for put the Red Raiders up 48-6.
Defensively, Keyport held Cardinal McCarrick to just 11 total yards and had 11 tackles for a loss. Junior Elias Martinez also grabbed an interception in the second quarter.
“We got off the ball well,” Ciccotelli said. “We were getting that first step, getting in their faces, beating them to the spot and swarming to the ball.”