DANVERS — Sometimes, just a little execution in situational soccer can imply the whole lot.
With that, plus a dominant effort on the bottom from its two-headed monster at operating again, St. John’s Prep earned a 30-28 win over Central Catholic on Saturday at Glatz Field.
The sequence in query got here on the finish of the primary half. Central (0-2) held a 14-13 lead, however the Prep (2-0) was driving. The Eagles moved out in entrance when Prep quarterback Deacon Robillard hit operating again Dylan Aliberti for a 30-yard landing over the center.
The Eagles weren’t accomplished. Defensive again Grayson Ambrosh made a pleasant interception and run again to place the ball on the Central 15. Kicker Langdon Laws then drilled a 32-yard subject objective with two seconds left within the half. That gave Prep a 23-14 lead on the break.
“It’s the difference in the game. We won by two, that field goal (was the difference),” Prep coach Brian St. Pierre stated. “We shouldn’t have put ourselves in that situation. Left a couple plays on offense. Defensively, we’re not where we need to be. That’s just period, point blank.”
It was the operating again duo who sealed it. Aliberti — though he caught two landing passes — rushed for 159 yards and a landing on 24 carries, and teammate Cam LaGrassa had 117 yards and a landing on 21 carries.
“Yeah, right now, that’s what we are,” St. Pierre stated. “We always want to be physical. We pride ourselves on being physical. That’s how you beat them, be more physical than them. But we have a lot to work on.”
“We react to what we’re given,” Aliberti stated. “Normally we draw up some stuff, during halftime we’ll figure out what we’ve got to do for the second half. So, yeah, second half is definitely better because we know what we’re doing.”
The entire sport was a back-and-forth affair. After Aliberti’s 18-yard landing catch from Robillard on the sport’s first drive, Prep scored once more on a LaGrassa 7-yard run with 1:47 left within the quarter to make it 13-0.
But there was no blowout coming, as Central’s Mason Bachry broke unfastened for a 58-yard landing to chop the deficit to 13-7.
Jaxon Pereira, who stuffed in for injured starter Blake Hebert, ran in a 2-yard landing with 5:51 left within the half, as Central grabbed a 14-13 lead.
Thanks to that finish of the half sequence for Prep, the Eagles held a 23-14 edge on the break.
Pereira helped get Central again in it with a 27-yard landing go to Jack Steen, however Prep’s floor assault was too sturdy. The Eagles went on a 13-play, 70-yard drive, which culminated in Aliberti’s 4-yard landing run with 5:01 to play as Prep took a 30-21 lead.
Although Pereira (150 yards passing, 31 yards speeding) scored on a 5-yard rush with 1:57 to play, it was too little, too late.