11/11/2019 0 Comments
Homecoming Game Ends in Victory
By Chris Dailey
Special correspondent to The Crimson Courier
The football bleachers filled up in a flash as Wall High School got ready to take on St. John Vianney on Fri., Oct. 18, for Homecoming. Pink shirts flooded the stands for the annual pink-out game as the Crimson Knights ran onto the field before a dominant 41-14 victory.
Wall opened up the game with a squib kick that showed an aggressive game plan. Coming off a huge 34-7 win against Brick, the Knights were looking to extend an undefeated season.
“Everyone doubted us before the game, but we stepped up and started making some plays,” said Wall junior quarterback Logan Peters, whose performance saw him add to his offensive statistics for 11 total touchdowns to that point on the season.
After quickly stopping the St. John Vianney offense, Peters and the Wall offense showed what they could do. He found a hole and took off for a 43-yard run, setting the tone for what was to come.
Wall dominated on offense while Peters along with junior running back Casey Larkin and sophomore wideout Matt Dollive all scrambled for multiple first downs. The Knights lit up the scoreboard and senior Matt DeSarno did his part with 5-yard touchdown run.
After a scoreless second quarter, the third quarter saw Wall outscore St. John Vianney 13-0, including a 51-yard touchdown run by DeSarno and an interception by the athletic Peters.
Wall attempted another squib kick that proved to be successful. That set up a Larkin touchdown. The student section was loud and rowdy from the opening whistle all the way to the end, acting as the 12th man for the Knights. They had outscored their opponents by a margin of 224-68 through their contest with St. John Vianney.
Despite many saying they couldn’t do it, Wall remained undefeated into the NJSIAA playoffs.
“I think we played great as a team,” Wall head coach Tony Grandinetti said. “I always talk about the three phases: offense, defense, and special teams, all three units showed up tonight and it was a great team victory.”
Coach Grandinetti has been turning the program around since he stepped into the head coaching role in 2017. He has developed a core of young players that has helped Wall maintain a top spot in the Shore Conference.
Two notable examples are Dollive and classmate Charlie Sasso, who are performing like seniors. Dollive helped move the chains when Wall needed a first down and was a vital piece of the offense. Sasso ripped apart the St. John Vianney offensive line.
Wall hosts Lacey in the Central Jersey Group III semifinals Fri., Nov. 15, when the Knights hope to extend their season past the Thanksgiving showdown against Manasquan, which will also be played at home, Nov. 28.
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