Lions Continue Their Winning Ways
Ed Gladney August 23 2009
|L-Schultz 43 yardpass fromMariano (Duff kick)|
|L-Little 44 yard interception return (kick failed)|
|L-Raymond 23 yard pass from Mariano (kick failed)|
|L-Calicchio 15 run (run failed)|
|L-Tefteller 38 yard pass from Mariano (Leo pass from Mariano)|
|L-Thomas 1 yard run (pass failed)|
|L-Brown 3 yard run (Calicchio run)|
|L-Taylor30 yard run (Brown run)|
OLD BRIDGE (NJ) – Showing no signs of rust from a bye week, the New Jersey Lions defeated the New Jersey Spartans 55-0 in a virtual replay of their opening week contest.
“We did well, especially coming off of a bye week,” said Head Coach Paul Castillo Jr. “Teams usually come back sluggishly shaking off the rust, we had a good week of practice, in preparing for the Spartans. The players carried Thursday’s practice out onto the field.”
The return of starting quarterback Matt Mariano and running back Kenny Calicchio made it that much easier for the undefeated Lions (6-0). Mariano completed 60 percent of his passes and three scores.
“Matt was one of the guys we kept out as a precaution, we wanted to have him for the second half of the season instead of having him going in and out,” Coach Castillo said.
“My job is easy when the front line blocks,” Mariano commented about his offensive line. “They did a great job of that today, they gave me plenty of time, the receivers ran great patterns, and I just put the ball where it had to be.”
Sounds easy when he says it like that, one thing that will never be confused with easy is tackling Calicchio when he is 100 percent.
“He’s a non stop workhorse, Kenny is great in practice, and I am a firm believer in how you practice, is how
you play,” Coach Castillo said.
All Callicchio did was rush for 149 yards on eight carries and a touchdown.
On the other side of the ball, the “heartbeat” of the defense returned in Jeffery Castillo. Castillo and his mates held the Spartans to a ludicrous negative 30 yards of offense on the day.
“Other than the first play of the game, our defense played well, Jeff was out for two games, but now he’s back,” Coach Castillo said. “Our defense feeds off of Jeff when he’s in there playing, he does a good job of making his presence felt, the guys love him, and it carries out to the field.”
The defense forced two turnovers and collected six sacks in the contest with cornerback Quadir Little making yet another trip to the endzone.
“On Little’s interception, I put pressure on the quarterback forcing him to rush his pass,” Jeff Castillo said. “Quadir did a great job of reading it and making a play on the pass, the rest was just him running for the score.”
When asked about his team’s performance, Spartans Head Coach Kevin Moss had a positive outlook.
“I’m ecstatic with the team’s performance, we reflected all week long about the first game (of the season),” Moss said. “After letting players go who didn’t agree with our team concept, this week I told the players to just play ball. Show everyone that we can play, win lose or draw. This is about giving these men a chance to do something they love to do, which is to play ball.”
The next opponent for the Lions are the Philadelphia Mustangs in Philadelphia.
|Return Yards: Lions 1-63 Sartans 8-92|
|Penalties: Lons 7-70, Spartans 10-66|
|Turnovers: Lions 0, Spartans 2|
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