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East Lyme makes quick work of St. Bernard

St. Bernard Saints - 2009 Season
Posted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 by Published on 9/26/2009
 East Lyme - One-play drives in football must be like Vivaldi in the spring, Tchaikovsky in the winter.

In other words: Sweet, sweet music.

”Those are my favorite,” said East Lyme left guard Everett Brown, flashing a wide grin. “We all know what it takes to win.”

Four of the five Vikings' offensive linemen returned from last season. Friday night, the quintet - featuring Brown and Jesse DeLucca on the left, Joshua Paquette and Joseph Silva on the right, and Anthony Arias at center - helped East Lyme roll to a 47-0 win over St. Bernard/Norwich Tech, thanks to 290 yards of offense on the ground.

”The kids are confident in those plays we ran,” coach Paul Tenaglia said after the Vikings improved to 2-0. “They were looking forward to this game. Friday night, home game … great night to play. It was excellent.”

Short field position also helped as well. Six of the seven scoring drives were four plays or less; Jordan McCoy (11 carries, 86 yards) scored three touchdowns on six total plays.

”I think a running back is only as good as his blocks,” said McCoy, a New London transfer, “and that's what it was (Friday) night.”

He also helped on defense, blocking the Saints' punt on their opening drive. East Lyme running back Kevin Miao took the handoff and ran 31 yards for a quick lead. Two series later, McCoy scored on the fourth play of the drive, an 18-yard romp, for a 14-0 first-quarter advantage.

The Saints (0-2) went out on downs, and McCoy's 29-yard scoring run on the first play of the second quarter bumped the lead to 20-0. He finished another one-play series on the next possession, this one from 20 yards out, and the ballgame was in hand.

For Brown, having a new running back behind the line is not a big deal.

”He knows how to run, and he can read our blocks,” Brown said of McCoy. “When Jordan's out there, we know we've got to get there quicker because he's faster than Kevin.”

Brendan McDermott added a 30-yard score just before the half for a 33-0 lead, and Michael Babcock (2-yard run) and Kevin Renshaw (3-yard run) provided the final scores in the second half.

St. Bernard's offense was as elusive as clean forks at a cheap diner. The Saints only gained 44 total yards on 41 plays, which included a 58-yard pass from Dan Dubois to Will Gazlay down to the East Lyme 1 late in the third quarter.

Unfortunately, the Saints fumbled on the next play and turned it over. Such as it was for a team that lost 16 seniors from last season.

”Our inexperience is starting to show,” coach Sean Ladyga said. “We're a very young football team and we have to put a lot more work in, a lot more work in. … It's growing pains.”


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