GLOUCESTER-- In last week’s season opening 15-14 win over Lynn Classical, the Gloucester football team survived a grind of a game to come away with the victory.
Friday’s game against Salem at New Balance Track and Field at Newell Stadium was different as Gloucester flexed its muscles firing on all cylinders and dominating the Witches for the vast majority of the game en route to a 43-15 drubbing.
The running attack was on full display Friday night as the Fishermen backfield feasted on the Salem defense rushing for more than 300 yards on the game, which is a more than 100 yard improvement from the week before. Starting running back John Curcuru went down with a first quarter injury but seniors Jordan Pallazola and Jon Good each picked up the slack as both eclipsed the century mark while Pallazola chipped in four touchdowns and a pair of two point conversions.
“We got nicked up right away with John Curcuru going down with a bruised hip, but we had a couple guys in there in Jordan Pallazola and Jon Good that just tore it up,” Gloucester head coach Tony Zerilli said. “And the line was dominant opening up huge holes. It was a great team effort all around from the blocking to the running.”
The Fishermen running attack was on display from the get go as Curcuru made it 6-0 Fishermen just four plays in with a 49 yard dash.
Salem, however, would take the momentum right back as Shakir White picked up an errant snap on the ensuing extra point and raced 90 yards to cut the Gloucester lead to 6-2.
The Witches would then mount an impressive 13 play, 75 yard drive culminating in a Genrri Rosario six yard run to make it 8-6 Salem.
That was where Salem’s momentum would end, however, as Gloucester controlled the remainder of the game scoring the next 37 points in the contest.