Orange Live Sports Writer
After coming out chucking the football on the opening night of the season, the Spartans took to the ground in Week 2. And the game plan worked, as Amity steamrolled Sheehan 48-13 last night at William E. Johnson Field to advance to 2-0.
“We said ‘let’s try to run the ball,” Head Coach Burt Mozealous said. “We got our offensive line going. To do that you have to have a good running attack.”
The running attack wasn’t good. It was unstoppable. To wit, Amity rushed for 307 yards on 33 carries – that’s a whopping 9.3 yards per carry. Senior David Buono was the bell cow, running for 118 yards on 21 carries and 5 touchdowns. Junior Spencer Thomas rushed 8 times for 130 yards, including a 66-yard TD scamper. Senior captain Joe Choiniere ran 4 times for 59 yards and a TD.
“They looked for the right holes,” Mozealous said. “They had some jitters in the first game.”
Amity dented the scoreboard with 5:04 to go in the first quarter on Buono’s one yard plunge. After getting the ball back after one of many Titan three and outs, Thomas caught a 19-yard screen pass and then ran for 20 more before Buono hit pay dirt again with a 24-yard scamper. Just 1:53 into the game, the trash of the Titans was on.
“We want to win games early,” Mozealous said. “The games get tougher down the road.”
Defensively, senior linebacker Ben Feola sacked Sheehan quarterback Justin Lange and pressured him relentlessly. Defensive lineman Michael Butler, who added three sacks in the second half, including two on back-to-back plays, was a constant force. Junior defensive back Tyler Burns and Senior Cory Ricks were both ball hawks, closing quickly on Lange passes. Defensively, Amity held Sheehan to 35 total yards in a first half that ended with Amity leading 27-0.
“That was a really good team effort on defense,” Mozealous said. “We attacked, attacked, attacked. They completed 17 screen passes last game. We didn’t let that happen this time.”
Lange was just 3-8 for 13 yards in the first half. Conversely, Senior quarterback David Ryan was efficient, going 4-4 for 50 yards in the first half dominated by the Spartans. Before intermission, Amity ran 27 plays for 233 yards and 10 first downs and controlled the time of possession.
Down big, Lange was 6-12 for 120 yards in the second half, mostly in garbage time. The Titans added 77 yards on the ground. However, Amity sealed the one-sided contest on an electrifying 55-yard punt return from Burns with 4 minutes left in the third quarter which set up a 5 yard Buono TD run to make the game 41-6. Buono added a 26-yard TD – his fifth – on a 26-yard spring with 10:45 left in the 4th quarter to cap the scoring.