Sandwich Football Cruises To 31-7 Victory Over Falmouth
By: Rich Maclone, October 10, 2013
Sandwich Head Coach Bill Luette knew all week what his team’s first play was going to be against Falmouth. He just didn’t know that it would work out as well as it did.
With a bye week prior to their home game against the Clippers on Friday night at the Sandwich Pop Warner Fields, Luette and his staff had put together a play script for the first part of the game that they were very confident in. Play number one called for a fly pattern by John Stanton, with quarterback Adam Billard letting it rip.
Just like that Sandwich was off and running, and the rout was on. The well-rested Knights scored on five of their first six possessions in the first half and rolled up a big 31-0 halftime lead. They had enough in the bank to play it safe in the second half and cruised to a 31-7 victory, the first for SHS this year.
The two previous years that the Clippers and Blue Knights had met, it was FHS that had enjoyed a bye prior to the contest. The role reversal, Luette said, was a big deal for his Blue Knights. “We’re lucky that we had a bye week. Last week we were really sick and we didn’t get through any practices last week, it was a really frustrating week, and if we played last week it would have been tough to play,” Luette said.
After going over the top early, the Knights got the ball back quickly and had a rather short field to work with. They needed just six plays to traverse 55 yards and finished with another touchdown, this time a 12-yard run by Peterson. SHS then forced another three-and-out by Falmouth and then needed just three plays to find the end zone, with runs of 20, 10 and then 25 yards, the final one by Ken Grady with 3:21 left in the first quarter to make it a 21-0 game, just like that.
Luette said he wasn’t surprised that his team, which had not lit up the scoreboard in its previous three outings, was able to have an offensive explosion against the Clippers. “Our big thing was finishing, and that’s what we’ve talked about these two weeks. We’ve been moving the ball down the field, and getting into the red zone, but we just weren’t finishing. Tonight the kids did a good job of executing, and they finished, and that’s what we needed,” he said.
While the Blue Knights were marching up and down the field, the Clippers were having a hard time getting anything going. With Tyler Smith in at quarterback for his first start, the Clippers struggled to execute their game plan and an aggressive Sandwich front held them in check throughout the first 22 minutes of the game. By halftime Sandwich had gained well over 200 yards of offense, while the Clippers had a total of just nine yards.
First Half Woes
Femino said he was caught off guard by his team’s first half failures. “I can’t explain it. They scored on the first play, the next drive they went right down the field, 14-0. We went three-and-out, fumbled, three-and-out, fumbled,” the coach said.
The coach said that it wasn’t having a new quarterback that was his team’s problem, but its general failure to execute on both sides of the ball. “The ball that fell on the ground, I can’t blame on him. I think the running back dropped it. I think he actually ran the ball well, he gives us a little added dimension,” the coach said.
Sandwich carried the big lead into the second half and was content to slow things down and run the clock down. Falmouth scored on a four-yard scamper by Blake Murphy with 7:46 left in the game on a run over the left side of the line.
“We have the right situation now with Adam (Billard) at quarterback, Jake (Kangas) and Kenny (Grady) at wing and Marc (Petersen) at full back,” Luette said. “We have Johnny (Stanton) and Pat (Kane) at wide receiver and the line of Nick Manning, Liam Mahoney, Dominic DeLuca, Steven Tully and Julian Molina are starting to click. And our tight ends, Dan Perry and Hank O’Brien are doing just what they’re supposed to do. The week off made a big difference. We were able to get healthy. I think the kids were frustrated losing to Falmouth the last three years. They wanted this.”
Tonight the Knights will host the always dangerous Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins, who have 16 starters from last seasons squad, that finished at 6-4, back in the lineup. The Dolphins (2-2) are coming off a 31-12 victory last week over Plymouth South. It was the first loss of the year for the Panthers (3-1) who were without senior running back Dylan Oxsen, who was sidelined by a sprained ankle.
D-Y quarterback Spencer Tyler picked the Panthers apart rushing for 127-yards and going 10-for-15 through the air, with a 32-yard pass to Corey Desimone for a touchdown. He also had a scoring run of 18-yards and a two-point conversion.
Michael Dunn also had a solid performance for the Dolphins rushing for 107 yards. He added a 75-yard kickoff return to open the second half, finishing with two touchdowns.