“Four-Headed-Monster” Gets It Done For 3-0 Flyers
Maryvale has built a name for itself this season, as they came into tonight’s contest 2-0 on the year, hosting 1-1 Lew-Port. Maryvale’s running backs Dylan Casey, Brian Sullivan, Rashad Law, and Austin Reamsnyder all ran up and down the Lancer’s defense throughout game, leading the Flyers to a 48-12 victory.
“We are a four-headed monster at running back. You can load the box, but you won’t know who’s getting it,.” Coach Buccieri commented on Maryvale’s victory over the Lancer’s. “We’ve got quite the football players on this team that play both sides of the ball.”
On the first drive that Maryvale had the ball, Dylan Casey capped off a series of runs from Sullivan and Reamsnyder by taking the ball 4 yards into the endzone. Anthony Hernandez kicked the extra point for the Flyers to put them up 7-0, 5:00 into the game. After a quick 3 and out for the Lancers, young Maryvale QB Connor Desiderio threw a pass that was picked off by Will Duff of Lew-Port. On the following play, QB Kyle Jeffords let go for a 42 yard TD pass to Michael Allender, who brought the score within one. 7-6 was the score, then, with 5:49 on the clock in the first frame.
Exactly one minute later, the Flyers’ Dylan Casey was celebrating in the end zone after scoring on a 60 yard run. This score would prove to be the game winner for Maryvale, and Casey says that it’s all for the team. “It’s always good to get the first few touchdowns,” says Casey, “and I was just the guy that ended up getting them today.” The Flyers would get the ball back to end out quarter one, and scored early on in the second frame, just 1:10 into it, to be exact. On 4th and 12, Connor Desiderio threw a 27 yard TD pass to Rashad Law, putting the Flyers up 21-6.
After a 3 and out for both squads, Lewiston-Porter’s Dylan Zutell, who ran the ball the majority of the game for the Lancer’s, punched in a 6 yard TD run, putting pressure on Maryvale with 3:03 left in the first half, the score at 21-12. What does Maryvale do when under pressure? Capitalize on opportunities. On the following drive, Desiderio threw his second TD pass of the day, this time to senior Brian Sullivan, 43 yards in the air. Desiderio was hit hard on the play by Lew-Port’s Joe Powers, who was the Lancer’s top defensive player all game. “I was more worried about my quarterback on that play, he got killed,” Sullivan comments on the touchdown.
Once the players came out of the endzones from halftime, there was a spark in Lew-Port’s play. Sophomore Ian Evans was put in at quarterback to replace Jeffords, and the switch seemed to pay off, as the Lancer’s charged down the field to open second half. Evans was looking great until he got down to the Maryvale 1 yard line, where Brian Sullivan was waiting for the ball. Sullivan would take it 99 yards for a pick-6, putting Maryvale up 34-12. Four minutes later, Austin Reamsnyder finished another Flyer drive with a 5 yard TD run; 41-12 Maryvale heading into the fourth quarter.
Halfway through last 12:00 of play, Jay Henley broke loose for a 5 yard TD, after having a 43 yard run to get them inside the Lew-Port red zone. Defense was fantastic from Maryvale all around, especially from Myles McCoy, Nick Costanzo, Rashad Law, Dylan Casey, and Joey Cartonia.
Lew-Port Coach Morreale spoke postgame saying, “Our goal is to play the entire game from snap to whistle, and the guys hung in there.” Morreale can not be too disappointed in his players, though ,as they are feeling the hurt this year from the losses of Dawson Bailey and Donald Allender.
Next week, 3-0 (1-0) Maryvale heads to Tonawanda to take on the Warriors, while 1-2 (0-2) Lew-Port hosts the Newfane Panthers on Friday.