Defense lifts Monsignor Donovan over Lakewood

Defense lifts Monsignor Donovan over Lakewood

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Defense lifts Monsignor Donovan over Lakewood

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TOMS RIVER

As the Monsignor Donovan offense struggled to find its footing, the defense carried the team in the Griffins’ 27-6 win over Lakewood on Friday.

Despite scoring on its opening play from scrimmage, a 60-yard run by senior Joey Fields, the Donovan offense struggled against the Piners’ defense.

But the defense kept Donovan (1-1, 1-0) in the game by limiting Lakewood (1-1, 0-1) to four first downs and 61 yards of total offense.

“Defense is the ultimate momentum stealer,” Donovan coach Dan Duddy said. “To hold a team like Lakewood to 6 points shows how good they (the defense) were today. It was all about our defense today.”

During halftime, Duddy told his defense to keep up the effort.

“We put it on the back of our defense at the half,” Duddy said. “We told them if we can hold Lakewood scoreless the offense would take care of itself. That was our philosophy going out for the second half.”

Donovan finally took the lead for good on a 7-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back David Calderon making the score 13-6.

“They were giving us some funky looks up front and we were having problems with it in the first half,” Donovan senior quarterback and safety Vincent Grasso said. “We went into the locker room and were able to fix those issues that we were having in the first half.”

Fields then scored on an 8-yard run to make the score 19-6. During the game, Fields had 76 yards on six carries and two touchdowns.

“We have a lot of different weapons out there from Kyle (Carrington), Joey (Fields), Tre’von (Bass),” Grasso said. “It’s a lot of fun to sit back there.”

Then it was time for the Griffins’ defense to get into the scoring act. Sophomore linebacker Kyle Schremmer picked off Lakewood quarterback Ivan Marks and returned it 50 yards to give the Griffins a 27-6 lead.

“The coaches did a great job putting us in the right spots,” Schremmer said. “We go out there as a defense trying to get as many stops as we can, no matter what the defense is doing.”

The Griffins’ defense picked off Lakewood quarterbacks four times.

“The coaches put us in the positions to make plays and that is what we did,” said Grasso, who had two interceptions, of the defensive staff. “Me at safety, I love it, I’m one of the quarterbacks of the defense.”

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