TOMS RIVER – After being held to one touchdown or less in their first two games of the 2021 season, the St. John Vianney football team have found their rhythm in attack.
The Lancers surpassed 40 points for the second straight week and knocked down Toms River South, 46-7, on Friday night at Detwiler Stadium at Toms River South High School.
The first part of the first quarter was marked by a back and forth from the two teams.
St. John Vianney senior running back Peter Pezzullo started with a nine-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead with 8:52 left in the first quarter.
Toms River South (1-3) responded immediately when junior Devon Bond gave the ensuing kick-off 90 yards from the end zone.
St. John Vianney’s Pezzullo was on his way for another rushed touchdown but the ball came loose and rolled to the end zone. His teammate, junior wide receiver Kyle Verriest, pounced on the ball in the end zone to score, making it 14-7 with 5:47 left in the first quarter.
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“We have launched the offensive”
âIn our first two weeks we were crazy because our attack didn’t score the points we expected,â Pezzullo said. âLast week we went out with the fire and we did the same this week. We’ve launched the attack, everyone’s blocking and we’re making big bets. It’s great to see.
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These great games kept coming.
St. John Vianney junior quarterback Antonio Rosato added three consecutive rushing touchdowns over a yard, 27 yards and a yard again as the lead fell to 33-7 with 5:18 left to play. second quarter.
“We know what we are capable of,” said Rosato. âWe train hard and we take it game by game. And I think we are capable of doing great things.
40-7 ahead at halftime
And certainly capable of scoring a lot of points. Pezzullo added another rushing touchdown, this time from 41 yards, with 1:01 left in the second quarter as the Lancers (2-2) took a 40-7 lead at halftime.
The Lancers are now averaging 25.5 points per game while allowing just 8.8 points per game and that’s a solid formula for success.
“If you look at the backfield and our quarterback, we’re all running 4.5, 4.4 … 40 yards,” Pezzullo said. âThat’s the speed of the caliber of the NFL there. It certainly helps us a lot. It makes us very dangerous.
This speed regularly provided running lanes for St. John Vianney to go outside for long wins and touchdowns. The Lancers rushed for 342 yards with Pezzullo (10 carries, 130 yards) and junior running back Nicholas Galamb (10 carries, 121 yards) and Rosato (four carries, 55 yards) being the biggest beneficiaries in a row. dominant offensive.
Saint-Jean Vianney 46, Toms River South 7
SJV (2-2) 27-13-0-6 – 46
TRS (1-3) 7-0-0-0 – 7
S – Pezzullo 9 run (Shenk kick)
T – Bond 90 kick off return (Stein kick)
S – Recovery of the fumble Verriest in the end zone (Shenk kick)
S – Rosato 1 run (Shenk kick)
S – Rosato 27 run (missed pass)
S – Rosato 1 run (missed kick)
S – Pezzullo 41 run (Shenk kick)
S – Galamb 16 run (Abel kick)
BREAKING: ST. JEAN VIANNEY: Foley 3-6, Galamb 10-121, Pezzullo 10-130, Croix 5-30, Rosato 4-55, Verriest 1-0; SOUTH TOMS RIVER: Rivera 9-16, Stein 3-15, Bond 12-20, Alexander 1 – (- 12), Kelly 1-5.
PASSAGE: ST. JEAN VIANNEY: Rosato 5-7-0-83; TOMS RIVER SOUTH: Alexander 1-7-0-4.
RECEPTION: ST. JOHN VIANNEY: Seay 2-22, Dey 1-2, Farah 1-27, Shenk 1-32; SOUTH TOMS RIVER: Lee 1-4.
Sherlon Christie is a sports reporter for the Asbury Park Press and has been covering sports on the Jersey Shore since 2004. Don’t miss any of his coverage by subscribing to https://subscribe.app.com/. You can contact him by email at [email protected], on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sherlonapp, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sherlonapp and on Instagram at https: // www.instagram.com/sherlon_christie