It is a scene Gloucester football fans have already grown accustomed to just two weeks into the season. Gloucester fullback Jordan Pallazola appears to be stopped, and stood up, by multiple defenders only to keep his legs moving and power his way for extra yards, more often than not for a first down or a touchdown.
It’s that motor and physicality that has made Pallazola one of Gloucester’s most imposing figures on both sides of the football, a key cog in Gloucester’s 2-0 start, and a player that opponents need to be wary of on every down.
“Jordan’s such a physical presence and he’s someone that we are comfortable giving the ball to in any situation,” Gloucester head coach Tony Zerilli said. “When we give him the ball I just tell the line to get bodies on bodies and let him run. He’s not going down from an arm tackle and it usually takes more than one guy to bring him down.”
So what does Pallazola say is the secret to his success? The humble senior is quick to pass the credit on to his teammates.
“I’d say it’s the line that’s been helping me pick up yards,” said Pallazola, who is also one of the team’s leading tacklers at middle linebacker. “They’re really clicking, coming together and opening up big holes for the backs.”
Gloucester’s offensive line has certainly played a big part in the success of the running game this fall, but Pallazola has proven time and time again that he can pick up extra yards on his own.
His wide variety of skills were on display in both of Gloucester’s wins against Lynn Classical and Salem.
Last Friday, in Gloucester’s 43-15 victory over the Witches, Pallazola regularly found space to work with as he terrorized the opposing defense to the tune of 126 yards and four touchdowns. Once the senior fullback, who also saw some time at running back with John Curcuru leaving the game with a first quarter injury, got into the open field he ran through and around Salem defenders for extra yardage.