MILTON, Mass. -– The Northeast Golden Knights scored early and often, as well as won their second Division 4-A Super Bowl in two years, when they defeated the Brighton Bengals, 38-14 at Curry College’s Walter M. Katz Field on Saturday.
“It’s awesome, just being a senior on a team that can win back to back championships, its unreal, I’ll never ever forget this [day],” Golden Knights quarterback Donato Dipietrantonio said.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm, we have great support, you look around, its just the administration is been behind us, its just great for the whole community,” Northeast head coach Don Heres said.
Northeast scored first after recovering an onside kick following the opening kickoff. Four plays later, running back Brandon Sullivan ran in for a five-yard touchdown, which was followed up by a successful two-point conversion run by Bobby Novello.
After an early touchdown, the Golden Knights again recovered another onside kick, which set up a 35-yard touchdown pass from Dipietrantonio to Mike Cross. Novello scored again on another two-point conversion.
“We do those kicks, we try to get the ball, we try to attack as early as we can and go from there,” said Heres, when asked about his early lead and multiple onside kickoffs.
Brighton recovered a third onside kickoff, but remained unsuccessful during their first offensive series. The Bengals were held scoreless for two quarters and did not get on the scoreboard until the third quarter.
Following a troubling first offensive series, the Golden Knights continued their offensive surge by scoring for the third time in the quarter, as Novello ran for a three-yard run. Dipietrantonio then followed up the score with a two-point conversion.
Northeast tallied their final 14 points in the second quarter on two running touchdowns by Dipietrantonio and Novello.
Despite a rough first half, Brighton showed a great deal of fight in the second half and scored a touchdown on their first offensive series in the third quarter when quarterback Jonathan Marrero found Damien Robinson in the back of the end zone. Their two-point attempt was successful too, as Marrero faked a handoff and ran right around the Golden Knights defense.
The Bengals scored again in the fourth quarter, when Marrero found Robinson running down the sidelines for a 19-yard pass, but their two-point conversion was stopped by the Golden Knights defense.
“We came to play in the second half. We hung in there, they didn’t give up,” said Brighton head coach James Phillip. “We just got our hats handed to us for 20 minutes.”
Brighton would not see the end zone for the rest of the day, after Northeast’s Carl Jacques picked off his second Marrero pass in the fourth quarter and clinched the victory.
“It's unreal,” Dipietrantonio said. “The first one is good, but the second one is better because it was harder, a lot harder.”
“We lost a football game, lets go on and get on with the rest of our lives. We’ve got young men who play basketball, some will be running track, some will be playing hockey. Football is fun, it’s a game,” said Phillip.
Brighton: 0 0 8 6 - 14
Northeast: 24 14 0 0 - 38
N- Donato Dipietrantonio 5 yard run (2pt conversion good/ Bobby
Novello run good)
N- Dipietrantonio 35 yard pass (Novello 2pt conversion good)
N - Novello 3 yard run (Dipietrantonio 2pt conversion run good)
N - Novello 14 yard touchdown run (Mike Cross 2pt conversion good)
N - Dipietrantonio 5-yard run (2pt. conversion no good)
B - Jonathan Marrero 10 yard pass to Damien Robinson (2pt conversion
Marrero run good)
B - Marrero 19 yard pass to Robinson (2pt conversion no good)