Rams Bounced After Round One Of Playoffs
Nov 02, 2015 03:59PM ● Published by Jake Mackey
Senior quarterback Alex Tate (14) talks to some of his coaches during Saturday night’s win over Whittier under the lights at Shawsheen Tech. COURTESY PHOTO
The Crusaders got out to a very fast start as defensive back Cody Mullen intercepted Alex Tate on only the third play of the game. On only the third play of the possession, Crusaders quarterback Cory Bright hit Dan Hannon in the end zone to put Fenwick up six early.
On the ensuing Rams offensive series, Tate was stripped sacked, and the Crusaders recovered setting themselves up with perfect field position to take a two score lead. The Fenwick offense then out powered the Rams defense, by punching it in on a wide receiver jet sweep by Colin Norton. Less than four minutes into the game, the Rams were down 16-0. After the Rams offense failed to move the ball, the Fenwick offense took the ball right back down the field and scored in three minutes, putting them up 24-0 at the end of the first quarter.
After yet another touchdown scoring drive by the Crusaders, the Rams were down 30-0 with just about five minutes left in the first half. It would have been easy for them to just curl up and give in there, like many teams would. However, that is not how Al Costabile coached teams play. The Rams offense went down the field and scored on a touchdown run by senior running back Billy Tamboli of Tewksbury, in the final seconds of the first half. Narrowing the score to 30-8 at the half with the Rams gaining some momentum.
After the break, the Crusaders received the ball and it appeared as though they were about to go in for the knockout blow. Nevertheless, Fenwick freshmen quarterback Cory Bright tried to force the ball into the end zone on a fade route, and it was intercepted by Shawsheen sophomore Sam Baker of Bedford. The Rams offense once again was stagnant and failed to move the ball. Although on the ensuing punt, the Crusaders muffed the punt and it was recovered by the Rams at the Fenwick 18-yard line. Momentum was shifting, until the first play of the possession. Shawsheen quarterback Alex Tate attempted a halfback toss, but the toss was sniffed out perfectly and picked off by RJ Libby of Fenwick and taken all the way back for a touchdown.
The interception essentially ended the game, putting the Crusaders up 36-8 mid way through the third quarter. Shawsheen's championship dreams have now ended, but their season is far but over. They will now play a series of games against Brighton this Friday and Madison Park Tech the following week, before there Thanksgiving showdown with the Greater Lowell Tech Gryphons.