Weekly Feature

2018-09-13 / Sports

Flyer gridders dominate Lew-Port


A steady dose of passing plays pushed Maryvale’s football team to an early three-score advantage that proved to be more than enough in what would be the Flyers’ 62-6 triumph over Lew-Port Friday.

Once that comfortable lead was built up, however, the Flyers went to work on the ground, piling up 415 yards and six scores by five different players to completely decimate the Lancers.

“This was the second week in a row where we challenged our lines to play well – it’s a big objective of ours to control the line on both sides of the ball, and we did that – and we were able to have a very strong offensive output because of it,” coach Jeff Buccieri said. “We did a nice job of protecting our quarterback for the second week in a row to where he’s not really taking hits, and that’s allowed Connor [Desiderio] to really set his feet and make his throws. And by hitting those first three touchdowns through the air, that really opened up some running lanes for us for the rest of the game.

“If you can throw the ball and run the ball equally as effectively as we did Friday, it makes you tough to stop defensively.”

Desiderio struck with surgical precision for Maryvale in the first quarter, giving the Flyers a 22-0 first-quarter lead after capping three separate drives with an 8-yard pass to Jay Henley, a 12-yard pass to Zach Vaticano, and a 25-yard pass to Rashad Law. Law got back in on the scoring act in the second half as well, scoring the Flyers’ first of three third-quarter touchdowns on a 44-yard run to extend their advantage to 49-0 at the time.

Deondre Rice, who started the second-quarter scoring with a 30-yard run, chipped in with an 1-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter, while Zacori Volious completed the dismantling with his 68-yard run. Henley (9-yard run) and Montell Ferguson (5-yard run) also scored in the second quarter for the victors.

Only a late touchdown run by Lew-Port prevented the Flyers from recording the shutout.

“When you can get close to six running backs involved in your rushing attack, and they’re all close to or above 100 yards, you’re very happy as a coach,” Buccieri said. “I know having that kind of versatility was something I was pulling my hair out over last week when Cleveland Hill came at us with all their guys you had to worry about. When you have that much talent and can spread the ball around like we did, you can’t focus on just one guy because it might leave things open for others. It’s a long season and we want our guys to be fresh in October, so being able to share the ball like we did will definitely help us out with our long-term goals.”

Volious led the way for Maryvale with 112 yards on seven carries, while Henley finished with 65 yards on five carries. Donovan McCoy added 62 yards on three carries, while Law added 61 yards on five carries. Ferguson and Rice weren’t far behind with 53 and 50 yards, respectively.

Law also had the most receiving yards, with 44, while Vaticano added 29 as Desiderio finished the game 5-of-8 for 80 yards.

Defensively, Colby Taggert had 14 total tackles to pace Maryvale’s effort, while Volious (1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery) and Chad Beyer finished with seven total tackles each. Josh Biehl recorded six tackles and forced a fumble, while Rice (blocked punt) and Vaticano each had a sack for the Flyers (2-0, 1-0 Class B-1), who travel to Pioneer (2-0, 2-0 B-1) Friday night for a critical divisional clash.

“Pioneer is probably the hottest team in Western New York right now, just physically imposing their will on teams, so we definitely have our work cut out for us this week,” Buccieri said. “They looked very impressive in beating Iroquois this past week. They’ve got big offensive linemen, as well as a good quarterback and set of receivers, so defensively we’ll have our hands full. We have a lot of work to do this week to put ourselves in position to have success this weekend in what’s never an easy place to play.”

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