SALEM-- Gloucester head football coach Tony Zerilli gathered his team at midfield after Friday’s 28-19 win over Salem and said, “That was Fishermen football.”
The second year coach was spot on in his description of his teams play Friday night, as the team’s smash mouth style of football was vintage .
After a sluggish second half that saw Gloucester (2-7) go into the break trailing 19-7, the team kicked into high gear in the second half dominating on both sides of the ball. The Fishermen put up 21 straight points in the final 22 minutes of play, created two turnovers, dominated the line of scrimmaged and showcased a power running game that wore down the Salem (4-5) defense.
“This week was all about Fishermen pride,” Zerilli said. “We have three games left (entering tonight) and we want to win all three of them. We want to go into each game showing we will dig down deep and bring out that pride, and we did. We hit the holes harder, we kept everything in front of us on defense and we made plays.”
Salem coach Scott Connolly was quick to credit the Fishermen for their physical play.
“They wore us out in the second half with their power running game,” Connolly said. “We had a good first half, we executed and we were efficient. But in the second half they took it to us and wore us down.”
Trailing 19-7 at the start of the third quarter Gloucester needed a score on its first drive of the half and it did just that. Fullback Jordan Pallazola capped off a nine play 61 yard drive with a two yard plunge to cut the Witches lead to 19-14 with six minutes to go in the quarter.
On the Witches ensuing drive Gloucester built on its momentum as senior Austin Titus recovered a Witches fumble that set Gloucester up in Salem territory.