Football Scores Early, Holds off Late Gael Rally

Colin Jones, Staff Writer

Varsity football defeated the Gaels 45-14 at Dublin on September 26.

On the first play of the game, senior running back Nick Fadelli scored on a 65 yard run.

Quarterback Jack Stephens felt confident after Fadelli’s score. “I think the very first play [was the deciding moment of the game]. I handed the ball to Nick, and he’s so fast. He was gone, and from then we knew we were going to come out on top,” he said.

The Cougars scored three times in the first five drives. It was not until the third quarter that Dublin managed to answer with their own touchdown. In the final seconds of the first quarter, senior tight end and Duke Commit Tyler Petite scored, bringing the score to 28-0.

Near the end of the 2nd quarter, Stephens left the game with a knee injury.

“It was nothing major,” Stephens said. “My knee just got tweaked a little bit, and I’m fine. We were up [by 35 points] at the time, so I wasn’t too worried.”

Dublin managed to score another touchdown in the 3rd quarter, and one more in the 4th quarter.

At 10:24 in the 2nd quarter, wide receiver Matt Flowers scored on a pass from junior quarterback Drew Ventrelle, and in the fourth quarter, senior runningback Adam Remotto brought the ball into the end zone one last time for Campolindo.

The Campolindo defense also played an important role in the victory. Linebacker Jack Cassidy and his teammates stopped almost every Dublin drive and ensured that the Cougars’ high score was not threatened.

In the final moments of the game, Campolindo had chance at scoring a touchdown, but optioned for a field goal instead. Matt Blaire’s kick was good and the score was pushed to 45. On the last Dublin play, however, the Gael’s junior linebacker Tyree Williams ran back the kickoff an impressive 80 yards for a score. Campolindo still finished on top, 45-14

Campolidno stands undefeated at 5-0, while Dublin fell to 3-2.