Southern Regional head coach Chuck Donohue knew what to expect when his team took the field for the first time last night.
Following a slow and sluggish start in the first half, the Rams pulled away in the second half of their 26-6 win over Freehold Township last night.
“I mean as a coach you really don’t want to say this but I kind of expected us to start slow,” Donohue said. “There are just too many new guys trying too hard. I kind of expected that.”
After the half, it was a different story, Donohue said.
“They got 24 minutes under their belt and it seemed to settle them down,” Donohue said. “The rest of the second half I thought that we were OK. Don’t get me wrong, we have to get better.”
The Rams opened the scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Rob Yaiser giving them a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Rams then made it 13-0 when senior quarterback Logan Sheehan, making his first career start, found senior standout receiver Mike Gesicki with a 26-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Despite throwing a touchdown pass in the first half, Sheehan said he started to settle down after halftime.
“During the first drive, I could not get settled,” Sheehan said. “After we scored our first touchdown I was able to relax and settle down. In the second half I felt more comfortable.”
In the third quarter, Sheehan made the score 19-0 when he found Vinnie Colecchia with a 24-yard touchdown pass. Early in the fourth quarter, Sheehan found Colecchia with a 60-yard touchdown pass to make the score 26-0.
Sheehan finished the game with 175 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Donohue said he has full confidence in Sheehan as his starting quarterback.
“I think he is really tough, I don’t think that he knows how tough he is,” Donohue said of his starting quarterback. “He is a great worker. I just felt he was athletic enough and played safety for us last year. If you can understand the passing game on defenses then you can on offense.”
Freehold Township averted the shutout when senior quarterback Jack O’Brien scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.
“We can use this performance to help us improve,” Donohue said. “We still have work to do.”