Let’s hear it for the big boys.
Salesianum took advantage of a couple of early turnovers, built a big lead and cruised to a 28-13 road victory over William Penn on Saturday.
And as usual, the Sals did it with their offensive line. Kyle Cathers, Zach Warren, Daniel Turk, Ben Mersman, Nicholas Szep and tight end Michael Ziccarelli controlled the line of scrimmage all day.
“I thought our kids had to play smash-mouth today, and we did,” Sallies coach Bill DiNardo said. “We have the ability to play that game.”
The Sals don’t have much breakaway speed, so their longest run was 27 yards. But 28 of their 51 rushing plays gained 5 yards or more as they piled up 306 yards for the day.
“We played pretty hard today,” Szep said. “We pushed them downfield, we held our blocks and we got good effort on each play.
“Our plan is to run between the tackles, first and foremost. We believe that we’re stronger and bigger than everybody else, and we can push them out of the way.”
Salesianum (2-0), ranked second in Division I, took the opening kickoff and grinded 71 yards in 11 plays. Daulton Gregory scored from the 10 to make it 7-0.
The Colonials fumbled on their first play from scrimmage, and Sallies linebacker Troy Reeder pounced on it at the William Penn 30. Sals quarterback Matthew Sgro fired a touchdown pass to 6-foot-7 tight end Brian O’Neill on the next play for a 14-0 lead.
“We improved from last week to this week, which I like, except for the turnovers,” Colonials coach Marvin Dooley said. “I really believe we got better, and it’s about getting better each week. … I was happy with the effort today, but I’m never happy with losing.”