GLOUCESTER-- After a 225 yard performance against Marblehead the previous week, Gloucester head football coach Tony Zerilli knew that a couple of other backs needed to step up Friday against Lynn English, as the Bulldogs were most likely going to be focusing on Pallazola and the fullback trap.
While the Fishermen’s leading rusher was still his productive self running for 136 yards and a pair of scores despite the Bulldogs defense stacking the box against him, it was the supporting cast that really set the offense off in Friday’s 34-28 win.
Wing back Conor Harris led the charge with a breakout performance where he chipped in 109 yards of total offense. Harris broke a pair of reverses in the win, one for a 40 yard touchdown. But his biggest play of the day came in the passing game in the form of a 35 yard fourth quarter touchdown reception which turned out to be the winning score.
Quarterback Ian Kennedy also had one of his best games of the season. The senior signal caller was only called upon to throw five times, but he made those throws count. His aforementioned 35 yard touchdown pass to Harris was a perfect strike, and it also came on fourth and long. Kennedy also completed a nice pass to senior tight end Connor Adkins in the first half.
The offensive was not the only place where the Fishermen showed off their depth. Junior defensive back Mike Decaro left the game with an injury in the first half forcing Zerilli to go to his bench, and his bench did not let him down.
Alex Militello and John Curcuru picked up the slack as both had the unenviable task of covering the Bulldogs’ vaunted group of receivers. Militello was great in coverage while Curcuru forced a fumble in the final minute to preserve the win.