Don Bosco 31 St. Joe’s (Montvale) 7
After the game was suspended the day before from thunder and lightning, Don Bosco returned to Montvale to beat St. Joe’s, 31-7.
First Quarter: The quarter was scoreless and Bosco stopped St. Joe’s on fourth down at midfield on fourth down when the game resumed. Nick Minicucci found Peter Popowich for 52 yards to the 6, but Bosco’s fourth down pass was incomplete.
Second Quarter: Bosco was on the board when Ronnie Heath scored on a 1-yard run through the middle. The score was set up when Ethan Acevedo returned a punt to the 18-yard line. After a Joe’s punt, Bosco moved quickly on a 22-yard run by Minicucci and a 39-yard touchdown run by Heath two plays later for a 14-0 lead.
Third Quarter: St. Joe’s was on the board on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Luke Henrich to Donovan McKoy. Bosco replied first when Minicucci found Sebastian Contreras for 17 yards, followed by a 57-yard run by Heath to the 1-yard line. Bosco was held to a field goal by Jack Donnelly, but came right back on a 38-yard touchdown run by Heath. Nasir Maryland intercepted a pass off a deflection, giving Bosco the ball on the Joe’s 26 and led to an 11-yard score by Heath.
Fourth Quarter: A high Bosco punt snap gave Joe’s the ball deep in Bosco territory, but a fourth down pass fell incomplete.
Summary: Heath ran for 227 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries. The line of left tackle Chase Bisontis, left guard Chris Moreno, center Aidan Toomey, right guard Kevin Garcia, and right tackle Amori Francis paved the way for Heath and gave Minicucci time to throw. The Ironmen look improved from earlier in the year and their defense led by linebacker Tim Hinspeter kept Joe’s in check. An unsung player for Bosco was Acevedo, who aggressively fielded punts others may have let bounce and that was a big advantage for the Ironmen when it came to field position.
In the end, Bosco was too much for St. Joe’s and they avenged a bitter loss from three weeks ago.