Boston High School: Donato Dipietantonio

Northeast claims another D-4A Super Bowl

December, 4, 2010
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

First quarter

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)

Second Quarter
N - Novello 14 yard touchdown run (Mike Cross 2pt conversion good)
N - Dipietrantonio 5-yard run (2pt. conversion no good)

Third quarter:

B - Jonathan Marrero 10 yard pass to Damien Robinson (2pt conversion
Marrero run good)

Fourth quarter:
B - Marrero 19 yard pass to Robinson (2pt conversion no good)

Northeast pitches 6th shutout to advance

December, 1, 2010
LOWELL, Mass. – Northeast Regional quarterback Donato Dipietrantonio called it his team’s most complete game of the season, and it would be hard to argue otherwise.

Northeast scored in every quarter and posted its sixth shutout of the season Tuesday night, when it advanced to the Division 4A Super Bowl by dominating Pope John 42-0 at Cawley Stadium.

Dipietrantonio tossed three touchdown passes, and Bobby Novello added two touchdowns on the ground in the victory. Northeast held Pope John to 109 yards of total offense (7 yards rushing).

“Don’t let the score fool you -- they’re a good football team,” Dipietrantonio said. “We came to play. We’ve had a lot of scores like that, but that was definitely our most complete performance. Great football team. Great coaching.”

Northeast even recovered three onside kicks, two of which came in the second half when Pope John was limited to two offensive possessions.

Northeast, which improved its record to 10-2, led 14-0 after one quarter, 22-0 at halftime and 36-0 entering the fourth. The loss dropped Pope John’s record to 8-3.

“I knew they were going to score points,” Pope John coach Brian Vaughan said. “Offensively, the game didn’t go as we planned. We had trouble moving the ball in the first half, and in the second half we didn’t really have the ball. We thought we were going to have to score (a lot) of points, and we didn’t score any. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Pope John also committed four turnovers, three of which were interceptions.

Northeast will face Brighton in Saturday’s 4A Super Bowl. Brighton advanced by beating West Bridgewater 36-13 Tuesday night.

Pope John gained 30 yards on 20 plays in the first half. The Tigers had minus-16 yards rushing through the first two quarters.

“We have a very big, dominating defensive line,” Northeast coach Don Heres said. “It’s all a matter of preparation and them being coachable. This team is very coachable.”

Northeast put the game out of reach in the third quarter, when Dipietrantonio tossed two TD passes to Corey Thurell. The first was a 20-yard pass with 7:29 left in the third, and the second was a 41 yard pass with 5:26 to play in the quarter.

Dipietrantonio completed 5 of 7 passes for 85 yards and was intercepted once. Mike Cross caught Dipietrantonio’s other touchdown pass, which covered nine yards. When Dipietrantonio added the two-point conversion Northeast had a 22-0 lead with 1:28 left in the first half.

Northeast passed the ball 48 times in its first 11 games.

“He doesn’t have gaudy numbers, but he can throw the ball,” Heres said. “We don’t throw the ball very often, but he runs the show. We grind it out and when they bring everyone up we try to throw it over the top. It happened a couple times tonight.”

Novello gained 126 yards on 14 carries. He’s run for 1,244 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.

Pope John quarterback Malcolm Brown-Simpson completed 14 of 25 passes for 110 yards.

“We played a better team and the scoreboard showed it,” Vaughan said.

PJ 0 0 0 0 -- 00
NE 14 8 14 6 -- 42

1st quarter
N – Brandon Sullivan 5 run (Mike Cross rush)
N – Bobby Novello 39 run (rush failed0

2nd quarter
N – Cross 9 pass from Donato Dipietrantonio (Dipietrantonio rush)

3rd quarter
N – Corey Thurell 20 pass from Dipietrantonio (pass failed)
N – Thurell 41 pass from Dipietrantonio (Novello rush)

4th quarter
N – Novello 16 run (rush failed)
N – Jack Murphy 39 run (rush failed)