Marty Scores 3 TDs As St. Bernard’s Tops Monty Tech
FITCHBURG -- There’s a lot to like about the city of Fitchburg.
Just ask the St. Bernard’s football team.
The Bernardians bested a team from the same zip code for the second time in as many weeks on Friday night, cruising to a 48-8 win over Monty Tech at the Bernardian Bowl.
Just like in their Week 1 win over Fitchburg High, the Bernardians (2-0) took control early and never let up, leading the Bulldogs 14-0 after one and 28-0 at halftime.
“Monty Tech has played us well the last handful of years. I think four out of the last five times we’ve played them, they’ve been very competitive games,” said St. B’s head coach Tom Bingham, whose team takes its show on the road to Narragansett Regional next week. “We were a little concerned (about tonight). The kids were feeling good (after defeating Fitchburg), but we kind of brought them back to reality on Tuesday and got after it.
“We had a good week of practice and good leadership and at the end of the day, these kids enjoy practice and work. We don’t have to motivate them.”
Monty Tech (0-2) travels to Lunenburg next week.
Xavier Marty (51 yards on four carries) led the way for the Bernardians, scoring the team’s first three touchdowns on runs of 29, 5 and 14 yards.
“We’ve got some young guys on the offensive line and they’re getting better. They’re nimble kids and did a good job up front,” Bingham said. “Marty enjoys the north-south, up-between-the-D-gaps style, and I thought he excelled at that tonight.”
Dom Valera added an 18-yard touchdown run for the Bernardians to close out the half and also had a 48-yard interception return to set up Marty’s final TD jaunt.
Walter Morales Jr. scored on an 84-yard punt return in the third, but also racked up 70 yards on the ground on a half-dozen touches.
“Junior had that big run for us and certainly played well tonight,” Bingham said. “They wanted to take him away tonight, but he ended up in the end zone and has some big yards tonight.”
Tyler Thibodeau punched in a 4-yard scoring jaunt in the third and Nicolas Mancini capped the Bernardian scoring on a run that officially went down as a 14-yard scoring play, but saw the sophomore reverse field after being closed off on the right sideline, taking off to the other side to score.
“We were awful at everything. We didn’t block well, they were more aggressive,” Monty Tech head coach Anthony Secino said. “They just kicked us around and took it to us. It’s on me; I thought the kids were ready to go, but apparently they weren’t. We’re going to have to re-focus and get ready for Lunenburg next week.”
Scoring chances for the Bulldogs on Friday were few. At the end of the first half, Monty Tech worked its way down to the St. B’s 10, but managed just one yard on the ensuing four plays.
The Bulldogs finally found the end zone with seven seconds left in the game as Jean Carlos Sanchez punched in a 16-yard run, followed by Isaiah Ortiz-Dasilva’s two-point conversion.
Sanchez led the Monty Tech offense with 36 yards on four carries, while junior Mateo Serrano added 22 yards on 10 carries.
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