NEEDHAM — If you had been to take a journey down Greendale Avenue in Needham currently, you’ll discover there’s a sense of pleasure within the air.
That’s as a result of the soccer program at St. Sebastian’s is trying to defend a share of the ISL-7 title they usually’ve lived as much as expectations to this point.
Junior quarterback Ty Ciongoli completed 14-for-22 passing with 205 yards and a trio of touchdowns, as St. Sebastian’s gained its second straight recreation to start the ISL season with a convincing 35-7 romp of rival Nobles on Saturday.
“We felt like we had a good plan going in for both games we’ve had,” Ciongoli mentioned. “Both offensively and defensively. That’s what happened. It’s preparation. We’re prepared like we should be.”
Early within the recreation, the Arrows methodically moved their method to the Bulldogs’ 6. After faking a handoff, Ciongoli uncorked a go and was promptly leveled.
“We were in the red zone,” Ciongoli mentioned. “I kinda knew they were going to blitz, and we had a play action thing going. I saw the outside linebacker come. I was like, ‘I might get hit, but I just have to get the ball out there.’ ”
The try soared by visitors into the ready palms of his brother Ace Ciongoli for a 6-yard landing strike, and the Arrows had been off and working with a 7-0 lead simply 3:35 into play.
Later on, with 1:04 to play within the opening quarter, senior captain Justin Bourque bounced off a couple of would-be tacklers earlier than scampering for a 29-yard landing, as St. Sebastian’s (2-0) took a 14-0 lead into the second body.
While Nobles would reply with a 2-yard landing rush by Chris Capone, the Arrows merely had too many weapons. On the next drive, Ciongoli evaded stress, then heaved a go downfield. Sophomore wideout Isaiah Simmons was there to haul within the reception, then danced previous a tackler into the top zone for a 39-yard landing reception as St. Sebastian’s pulled forward, 21-7.
“We’re very balanced,” mentioned St. Sebastian’s coach Dan Burke. “We have really good receivers, we have really good running backs, and our line can block both run and pass. That makes us pretty dangerous to deal with. ‘Playing 11 as one’, that’s our motto, with the whole team pulling together. We can do some really good things when we’re playing the right way.”
Crosby Thurmond accounted for Ciongoli’s third landing go with a 14-yard reception, whereas George Kelly added an 8-yard landing rush within the third quarter for the Arrows. Bourque added 76 yards on the bottom.