Friday, September 17, 2010
A Green Wave washes over Archies
By Scott Barboza
ABINGTON, Mass. – By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Dylan Pietrasik and John Lane were perched on Abington’s sideline, onlookers to the final minutes of the Green Wave’s 38-12 win over Archbishop Williams.
By the late stages, a gaggle of Abington’s sophomores were getting time at running back, alternating carries. They too were successful moving the pile, getting first downs and bleeding time off the clock.
It didn’t matter who was getting the carries, the Green Wave was moving the ball.
Abington High players descend through the stands to Memorial Field before Thursday night's 38-12 win over Archbishop Williams.
That’s the way it’s been through two games (2-0) and that’s the way Abington head coach Jim Kelliher hopes it remains.
“Yeah, pretty good, right?” Kelliher shot back with a grin when asked about Pietrasik and Lane as a twosome.
“You put each of them on either side of the center and you have two pretty good backs. They both have better-than-average speed. Even from the time of the scrimmages we’ve had, they’ve just continued to get better and better. It forces our opponents to take notice of both of them.”
Combined, Pietrasik and Lane racked up 161 yards on the ground at a pace of greater than eight yards per carry. They also found the end zone three times.
Pietrasik, a senior who runs much bigger than his 5-foot-10, 175-pound frame, knows good things happen in football when yards on the ground add up.
“As a running back, I don’t want to see the ball in the air at all,” said Pietrasik, who had 11 carries for 68 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday’s game at Memorial Field. “Just put it my hands, or put it in John Lane’s hands. We want to run the ball. Any game you can run and dictate the game, you know you’re doing well.
“That’s how you win the game.”
Paul Noble — Abington’s short-yardage runner — opened scoring with a three-yard touchdown run to cap off the first drive of the game. The Green Wave rolled 77 yards downfield on the eight-play drive, setting the tone for what was to come.
Pietrasik earned his first touchdown of the game on a 40-yard run minutes later, shedding several would-be tacklers on his path to the end zone.
“I have to give props to our line,” Pietrasik said. “They do a great job every game. They went all out with their blocks and I even got a block from my wide receiver down the field, my fullback — everybody did their job.”
Pietrasik followed with a three-yard touchdown run in the second quarter before Zach Littman caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Brandan Cawley.
Littman, who started the game at quarterback and alternated snaps with Cawley, hit Andrew Dion with a five-yard touchdown pass just before the half for a 32-0 lead.
However, the Bishops (1-1) wasted no time getting on the board in the second half, when running back Alex Furtado returned the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown.
Furtado showed good bursts of speed throughout, with 13 carries for 63 yards.
Archbishop Williams struck again on the ensuing drive, after recovering an on-side kick attempt. Tom Fitzpatrick found Craig Kelly streaking to the end zone on a 34-yard score.
Then, the Green Wave began to pound the ball on the ground again, including Lane’s 38-yard, third-quarter touchdown which gave Abington its final margin of victory.
“John and I have been playing together since seventh grade,” Pietrasik said. “He’s amazingly fast. He’s pretty strong. We just try to help each other out. When he’s getting the ball, I’m all out blocking for him. When I’m getting the ball, he’s all out blocking for me.”