St. John’s, Catholic Malden, Football, Catholic Conference Opening


SHREWSBURY – The St. John’s football team tied with famed Central Catholic in the third quarter before absorbing a double-digit loss last week.

But the Pioneers put the backhand behind them, got back to work and came out ready and eager to go Friday night against Malden Catholic, scoring the game’s first 24 points and not giving up while securing a 38- win. 7 in the first match of the Catholic Conference. for both teams.

“We played last week against a tough opponent who has a lot of weapons,” said coach John Andreoli. “We learned from this experience where we had some adversity in the third quarter. This week we were able to go out and build on that. “

The Pioneers received significant contributions in all three phases while moving to 2-2. The Lancers lost their second in a row to lose 2-2.

A balanced offense scored on his first four possessions and seven of nine overall while generating 299 yards and 16 first downs. He did not commit a penalty or turnover until the starters took place with 8:00 am left and the clock was running due to a lead of over 30 points.

Senior Bobby Rodolakis again led the ground game, accumulating 157 yards, four touchdowns and four first extra downs in 17 carries. He showed a big burst on the transfer and either broke tackles or hinted at second-tier tackles while scoring on dashes of 17, 18, 34 and 17 yards.

“The O line was excellent tonight,” said Rodolakis. “They were opening holes. Big Cam Nolan would tell me where to go, tell me where to retire. It was great.”

In addition to Nolan, the finishers included other seniors Will O’Shea, Justyce Hathaway and Tyler Arnold and junior Ben Thompson.

The squad also excelled in pass protection, giving junior quarterback Ryan Miller enough time to go 13 of 16 for 118 yards and a no-steal touchdown and a sack (on a snap bobble).

Miller split the ball with four receivers making multiple catches. Junior Matt Marchese produced the longest gain, 38 yards for a touchdown late in the first half after a formidable grab in the middle.

“Ryan, I thought, had had one of his best games,” Andreoli said. “He really showed a lot of maturity, held in the pocket, went through his progressions and delivered the ball. Matt Marchese had some great catches.

“So we gave the ball to a lot of guys tonight, that’s what we have to do. Spread it and bring it to our attacking athletes. “

Defensively, the Pioneers allowed 72 yards and five first downs (one by penalty) on 36 plays while the Lancers were 3 for 14 on the third and fourth downs.

St. John's Bobby Rodolakis scored one of his four touchdowns against Malden Catholic on Friday night.

The Lancers rushed for 11 yards in their first play of the game and were limited to 8 yards in their last 21 carries, including 11 for draws or negative yards.

“I think we played really well and approached well,” said senior linebacker Sébastien Romain, who came up with the only takeaway of the game with starters in the game, an interception in the first quarter.

“The linebackers were filling the holes and the D line was shooting their holes. It was a team victory, and all the pieces of the puzzle clicked.

St. John's Matthew Marchese kicks the ball in in the game against Malden Catholic on Friday night.

One of the biggest saves of the night came late in the first quarter and the Pioneers were leading 17-0.

In the fourth and 1st of MC 49, Hathaway blew the game up and junior linebacker Ben Wing exploded into the backfield to tackle Dominic Wadland for a one yard loss after a straight snap.

“It was fourth and the n ° 10, Sébastien Romain, came up to me and said: ‘Fill this hole. Come to me and fill this hole, ”Wing said. ” And that’s what I did. I stopped him. Basically that’s it.

SHREWSBURY - St. John's cheers on the team in the game against Malden Catholic on Friday, October 1, 2021.

“It was amazing with the crowd so electric, our sensei (SJ Superfans), Colin Sullivan, crazy. It was like a movie. “

Senior Sam Lavallee was perfect as he paced special teams, hitting a 38-yard field goal and his five extra point attempts. The unit’s only mistake, and it was a big deal, came when speedster Jaiden Williams returned a 97-yard kickoff for a late first-half touchdown.

The Pioneers, who are ranked second in the T&G Grandes Ecoles poll, will look to post back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they meet Catholic Memorial, who is ranked second in Eastern Mass., At 1 p.m. Saturday in Roxbury West. .

“We’re 2-2 and we’re heading for the iron, and that starts with Catholic Memorial,” said Andreoli.

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