St. Mary’s outruns Eastie

By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent

East Boston could not stop the strong running attack of St. Mary’s of Lynn Saturday night, and fell to the Spartans at Manning Field, 40-12.  Three senior running backs did the damage for St. Mary’s, totalling almost 300 yards among them.  The standout was Cory Donahue, who ran for 121 yards, including a 67 yard touchdown to get St. Mary’s on the board first.

“St. Mary’s has a nice system, with good blocking,” said East Boston Head Coach John Parziale after the game.  “We didn’t tackle well enough tonight.”

Eastie answered with 2:42 left in the first with a 28 yard scoring run by Kyle Jimenez-Foz, which followed a fourth down pass from senior quarterback Anthony Whitney (5/11, 51 yards) to  senior back Andre Rickerson.  Rickerson had a nice day, rushing for 71 yards and catching three balls for 24 yards.

Fourth downs proved decisive, as St. Mary’s converted on a couple, including one early in the second to lead to another touchdown, putting them up 16-6.  The backbreaker for Eastie was a personal foul penalty on a punt by St. Mary’s.  The Spartans kept the ball and were awarded fifteen yards,  which led to another  touchdown, putting them up 24-6.

St. Mary’s threw only one pass the entire game, but they made it count, a 39 yard strike from senior quarterback Jonathan Capano to Donahue, which put St. Mary’s up 32-6 at the half.

East Boston had a special teams highlight, when junior tight end Davonte Holloway returned the second half kickoff  for a touchdown.  The kick was low and short, deflecting off a teammate to Holloway, who took it back 57 yards to paydirt.

Unfortunately for the Jets (1-2), they just didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with the undefeated Spartans.

“We had our chances early,” said Parziale.  “This game is part of a learning process for us.  St. Mary’s is a good team.  We’ll just have to get better each week.”

Evan Freedman is a freelance writer based on the North Shore.  He also teaches at Catholic Charities North.  He can be reached at freedman.evan@gmail.com

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