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 firstname.lastname@example.org