LYNN, Mass. -- Brendan Flaherty took 11 carries for 80 yards and added one 33-yard reception for a touchdown, leading the Beverly Panthers to a 41-14 win over Scituate in a Division 3 playoff semifinal.
“We were well prepared on defense,” said senior captain George Kallas of keeping Scituate scoreless until the third quarter when Beverly was up 34-0. “We knew what they were going to try to do to us and we came out on fire.”
Beverly opened up the scoring on a 25-yard run by Kenny Pierce less than five minutes in the game. After three plays brought the Panthers down to the Scituate 25, Flaherty took a handoff from quarterback Joe Wioncek and ran right, but stuffed the ball in Pierce’s gut who took the ball outside left and scampered to the end zone.
Scituate got the ball and completed a first down on fourth and two, taking advantage of a bad kick by Beverly’s George Kallas.
The next play, Beverly’s George Kastrinakis (three tackles) ripped the ball from Scituate’s Matt King as he was running and Beverly’s Tony MacDonald (three tackles, sack) fell on the ball at the Scituate 46. Flaherty took the first play to the left for 13 yards. On the next play, quarterback Wioncek (106 passing yards, 2 TDs) dropped back into the pocket and launched a pass to Flaherty which he pulled in for Beverly’s second score with 4:11 to go in the first.
Scituate took over from their 30, and faced with third and 13 from the 50, quarterback Tyler Park tried to complete the team’s first pass on the day, but Blake Sullivan (three tackles) had different plans, intercepting the pass at the Scituate 40 with nine seconds left in the first quarter.
Beverly put some more space between themselves and the Sailors on an 8 play, 4:25 drive, capped by a 10-yard toss from Wioncek to Mark Giles in the back of the end zone.
Looking for a shutout, and to show their offensive might, Beverly scored one more touchdown in the first half, a Flaherty 25 pitch outside the left end, and another on their first possession of the second half, a 2-yard left jab with 5:44.
Flaherty finished his day of scoring with a 25-yard pitch left with 51 seconds left in the first half. Wioncek’s kick made it 28-0.
Scituate went on to score twice in the second half, much to the chagrin of Beverly’s defense.
“We need more intensity,” added Kallas, looking to Saturday’s matchup against Somerset. “We went up, but they scored because they kept their intensity. We need to do that.”
B 13 15 6 7 -- 41
S 0 0 7 7 -- 14
B - Kenny Pierce 25 run (Joe Wioncek kick)
B - Brendan Flaherty 33 pass from Wioncek (kick failed)
B - Mark Giles 10 pass from Wioncek (Giles pass from Wioncek)
B - Flaherty 25 run (Wioncek kick)
B - Blake Sullivan 2 run (kick failed)
S - Wes Hawkins 11 run (Caleb Duvoisin kick)
B - Nick Theriault 1 run (Wioncek kick)
S - Matt King 3 run (Duvoisin kick)