Marshall posts fourth 200-yard game as Lancers roll over East Catholic

Published on Friday, 22 October 2021 02:50
Written by MATT HORNICK

@MNHornick

MANCHESTER - Well rested off a bye week, the Bristol Eastern football team used its fresh legs to run all over East Catholic on Thursday night and end its three-game losing streak.

The Lancers bested the Eagles 38-18 at Cheney Tech behind 402 total rushing yards and scoring all six of their touchdowns on the ground. Senior running back Alex Marshall led the way with 217 yards and four touchdowns, which brings his season rushing total up to 1,197 yards.

The win brings Eastern’s record to 3-3 while East Catholic falls to 1-5. After losing three competitive games in a row, the last two of which they had a chance to take the lead on their final possession, the Lancers are excited to start the second half of their season with a win they can build off of.

“Coming off the bye was a big thing for us to get back on track and get us back to .500 and restart our season,” Eastern head coach Anthony Julius said. “We got healthy over the bye week for the most part and we came out and really responded. I’m super proud of the kids and I’m happy for them. I hope we keep this momentum going.”

Eastern executed its game plan almost exactly as it wanted to Thursday night, taking an early lead and then controlling the clock by running the ball and playing sturdy defense. After forcing East Catholic into a three-and-out on the game’s opening drive, the Lancers journeyed 69 yards over 17 plays to put their first score on the board with a two-yard run from Marshall on fourth and goal.

Marshall’s touchdown ended a drive that left a minute and half left in the first quarter. Freshman kicker Gavin Damboise missed his extra point attempt, which left the Eastern leading 6-0, but it did not have to wait long to get the ball back. The Lancers forced Ethan Raiha to fumble on the kickoff return and immediately got the ball back 46 yards from the end zone.

Following one-yard runs from Marshall and sophomore wide receiver Rayshon Andrews to finish off the first quarter, Marshall doubled his team’s lead on the first play of the second quarter with a 44-yard run to the end zone in which he was barely touched.

“Our line found out what the other guys were doing and just set the gaps for us and we just flew straight through,” Marshall said.

Following a field goal from East Catholic, Marshall found paydirt again on Eastern’s next drive to cap off a six-play drive and put the Lancers in front 18-3. Marshall nearly broke another long touchdown run, but was brought down on the 18-yard-line after gaining 39 yards on the play. He scored from 11 yards away three plays later and finished the first half with 154 yards and three touchdowns.

East Catholic found the end zone for the first time just before halftime, closing a nine-play, 60-yard drive with a one-yard pass from Mat Zazzaro to Benjamin Carso.

Starting the second half with the ball, Eastern’s intention was to eat as much time off the clock as possible, but Andrews wanted to score. The sophomore broke free on the first play of the third quarter and took a reverse 65 yards for a touchdown. The Lancers converted their only PAT of the day on this score with Marshall punching in a two-point conversion to make the score 26-10.

Eastern’s defense held strong for almost all of the second half, keeping the Eagles at 10 points until the final four minutes of the game. East Catholic missed a field goal and then failed to convert consecutive fourth downs before scoring on a short field when the game was already out of reach.

“All night long we were in good position,” Julius said. “I thought pass coverage was really good. We forced them into doing some things they hadn’t shown on film. We got some really good contributions from a lot of people at the defensive end spot tonight. Our two starters Austin Shorette and Malik Sherrill and then Mikey Sherrill and Adam Zavecz came in and did a really nice job for us there in the second half and provided a spark for us on defense.”

By then, Marshall scored his fourth touchdown of the day, a seven-yard run, and junior running back Josh Aubin showed his capabilities on the drive after. Aubin took his first carry of the game for 52 yards and put the Lancers five yards from the goal line. Aubin got the ball on the next two plays and found the five yards to add another touchdown to Eastern’s total

“I just want to keep going forward,” Aubin said. “I want to get my team right, I want my team to get me right.”

The Lancers will return home for their next game when they host South Windsor (3-2) at Alumni Field at 6:30 p.m.

Matt Hornick can be reached at (860) 973-1811 or mhornick@bristolpress.com.

BRISTOL EASTERN 38, EAST CATHOLIC 18

At Cheney Tech

Bristol Eastern (3-3) 6 12 8 12 - 38

East Catholic     (1-5) 0 10 0 8 - 18

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

BE - Alex Marshall two-yard run (Gavin Damboise PAT is no good), 1:29

Second Quarter

BE - Alex Marshall 44-yard run (Gavin Damboise PAT is no good), 11:49

EC - Ethan Rainha 27-yard field goal, 6:37

BE - Alex Marshall 11-yard run (two-point attempt is no good), 3:35

EC - Ben Carso one-yard pass from Mat Zazzaro (PAT is good), 0:31

Third Quarter

BE - Rayshon Andrews 65-yard run (Alex Marshall rushes for two-point conversion), 11:42

Fourth Quarter

BE - Alex Marshall seven-yard run (Gavin Damboise PAT is no good), 8:33

BE - Josh Aubin one-yard run (Gavin Damboise PAT is no good), 4:07

EC - Colin Heslin 17-yard pass from Mat Zazzaro (Mat Zazzaro rushes for two-point conversion), 3:11

STATS

Passing - Bristol Eastern: Brady Brown 0-1, Kamden Laprise 2-3-22; East Catholic: Mat Zazzaro 11-22-52-2TD, Thomas Stanley 1-1-34.

Rushing Bristol Eastern: Alex Marshall 27-217-4TD, Brady Brown 8-50, Rayshon Andrews 3-71-TD, Josh Aubin 5-69-TD, Kamden Laprise 2-(-4); East Catholic: Thomas Stanley 8-32, Mat Zazzaro 7-24, Jack O’Connor 7-17, Benjamin Carso 1-14.

Receiving - Bristol Eastern: Rayshon Andrews 1-14, Alex Marshall 1-8; Capital/Achievement: Benjamin Carso 6-52-TD, Colin Heslin 2-19-TD, Thomas Stanley 1-5, Jack O’Connor 1-(-5), Aiden Mateo 1-12.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Eastern on Friday, 22 October 2021 02:50. Updated: Friday, 22 October 2021 02:53.