ANSONIA - Stopping Ansonia running back Markell Dobbs was the key for St. Paul football beating the Chargers coming into the game. It proved to be too tall of a task.
Dobbs ripped off touchdown runs of 56, 26, 43, 80 and 61 yards en route to a 50-0 blowout of the Falcons Friday night.
“Markell Dobbs is a heck of a player,” St. Paul running back Damien Rabis said. “He made top 25 all-state last year and we expected that. We thought we could contain him but overall just a really good team.”
In the first half, Dobbs ran for 222 yards on seven carries and four touchdowns. He finished with 283 rushing yards and could have had more but was sat throughout most of the second half with the big lead.
For the Falcons, their first drive of the game was solid with 43 rushing yards and moving the ball methodically using nine minutes of the clock and running 14 plays before Connor Bogdanski was stopped on a 4th and 7.
“We knew we had to play a really good game against a very good team,” St. Paul head coach Jude Kelly said. “In the first drive I felt against a very good team that we were able to move the ball not big plays but we don’t like the big plays just the consistent plays.”
From there on, it was all Ansonia.
Ansonia got the football and Dobbs started off their offensive possession with a nine-yard run followed up by a 56-yard touchdown run with 2:11 left in the quarter.
On the Falcons second drive of the first quarter runs by Damien Rabis and Rudy Otero netted 0 yards then Ashworth threw an incomplete pass to Noah Mendoza leading to a punt.
In the Chargers next offensive possession, Terjuan Burney and Darwin Amaya each got a carry for the Chargers, a change of pace from Dobbs with the two being more of power-runners.
Burney had a 22-yard run and Amaya capped the drive off breaking free for a 35-yard touchdown with 10:01 left in the second quarter.
Down 14-0, the Falcons took over and once again went three and out, turning the ball over to Ansonia at the St. Paul 42-yard line.
The Falcons Ty Selinske was called for defensive pass interference on the first play resulting in a Chargers first down 26 yards out.
Dobbs got the call and delivered with his second score with 7:15 left in the first half.
After the touchdown, St. Paul took over on its own 48-yard line and a fourth down came up after a recovered fumble and two short runs from Rabis and Chris Dionne.
On 4th and 5 the Falcons went for it but Rabis was stopped short on a three-yard run.
With the ball back and good field position to work with, Dobbs continued his dominant first half on a 43-yard touchdown run with 4:07 left in the half.
Following a Falcons punt on their next drive with little time left in the first half, Dobbs still wasn’t done.
The Chargers took over on their own 20-yard line and Dobbs broke free for a 80-yard touchdown run putting a stamp on a 35-0 statement delivering half from Ansonia.
With the large deficit and running the wishbone offense, any hope of a second half St. Paul comeback became even slimmer when Dobbs took the handoff on the first play of the second half and ran it for a 61-yard touchdown run. Following Garrett Cafardo’s sixth successful extra point, the Chargers led 42-0.
With the commanding lead, Ansonia’s Justin Carotenuto continued the offensive explosion with a three-yard touchdown run with 6:06 left in the game.
As if the lead wasn’t already large enough, the Chargers went for a two-point conversion that Shaykeem Harmon ran in to put Ansonia up 50-0.
For St. Paul the loss is a tough one indeed but still with a 5-1 record on the season, there’s a lot of football left.
“Sometimes the only way to get better is to get your butt kicked,” Falcons lineman Dominic Aiello said. “That’s what happened today but we’re going to go back and watch the film and find out what our strengths and weaknesses are and we’re going to get ready for Woodland next Saturday.