Saturday, October 2, 2010
Colarusso Bros. fuel Weymouth past Needham
By Phil Perry
WEYMOUTH -- Dylan and Aussie Colarusso swear they're related. If you watched them run with the ball, you'd never know it.
The pair of Weymouth running backs shredded Needham's defense to lead the Wildcats to a 26-0 victory Friday night, and each did it with his own unique style.
Older brother Dylan, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound senior cocaptain, ran through tackles and powered over defenders to the tune of 114 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Aussie, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound sophomore, used his quickness and vision to elude the Rockets for 111 total yards and two touchdowns.
"It's just our body types," Dylan said. "I'm a bigger guy. Aussie’s a smaller guy with more quickness. That’s how it works. A little smash and dash."
On Weymouth’s first play from scrimmage, Needham immediately understood the "smash" element of the Colarusso equation.
After the Rockets fumbled a handoff on the game's second play from scrimmage, Weymouth (4-0) recovered on the Needham 11-yard line and fed Dylan right away. On the Wildcats' first play, he plowed through the defensive line, broke a tackle and fell into the end zone.
"Dylan is a man between the tackles," Weymouth coach Kavin Mackin said. "He has the speed to get away, but he’s our muscle guy without a doubt."
The Rockets' first failed drive was a harbinger of things to come. Needham (3-1) finished the game with four turnovers, not including two turnovers on downs. Just two and a half minutes after their red-zone fumble in the first quarter, they were stopped again when Rockets quarterback Kevin Brennan was intercepted by Aussie Colarusso.
Brennan, who had led Needham to an average of 32.6 points in its first three games, threw only one more pass on the night. He was forced from the game at the end of the first quarter with a back muscle injury that has plagued him for the past few weeks, according to Needham coach David Duffy.
Brennan was hit hard by Weymouth senior cocaptain Jesse Toomey during his last pass attempt, a third-down incompletion, and the signal-caller remained on the ground for a moment after the play.
"Weymouth's defensive line is very good, so I give them a lot of credit," Duffy said. "We had a lot of turnovers and our quarterback got hurt, but we have to get better play from our offensive line."
Weymouth's ensuing possession ended when Wildcats quarterback and cocaptain Mitch Temple (3-of-8, 43 yards) found a sliding Aussie Colarusso 20 yards away in the front corner of the end zone to make the score 13-0.
Needham’s backup quarterback, junior Drew Burnett (5-of-19, 58 yards), did his best to get his offense in sync, but the rain and the Weymouth defense was too much to handle. Burnett was intercepted twice, once by Aussie Colarusso and once by Khary Bailey-Smith, and Needham never got inside Weymouth's 20-yard line.
The Wildcats' offense continued to feed off of their defense when Rob Barrus blocked a Needham punt one minute into the fourth quarter. Dylan Colarusso followed with a 36-yard scamper and a 1-yard touchdown plunge to make the score 19-0.
Aussie’s second interception came with just less than five minutes left in the contest. Aussie (6 carries, 91 yards) then made good on his own turnover and sealed the game with a 44-yard touchdown run.
"They're big and they're strong," Duffy said of the Colarussos. "You have to tackle them low and wrap up or else you’re not going to be successful."
The win puts undefeated Weymouth in good position within the Bay State Carey Division race, but the Wildcats understand it's too early in the season to celebrate.
"This is not a league title tonight," Mackin said. "It certainly puts us in a good spot, but we've got to continue to work because there are other good teams here."