Howe Has His Way With Nazareth
October 9, 2010By Site Administrator of Benet Academy Football
LISLE — EJ Howe ran for 279 first-half yards and three touchdowns as Benet Academy honored its departing seniors with a 48-21 rout of Nazareth Academy.
The Redwings wasted little time getting things going.
After a quick Nazareth possession, Benet quarterback T.J. Rickert hit wide receiver Connor Nelligan with a 16-yard touchdown at the 10:02 mark of the first quarter.
After a good kick return by the visiting Roadrunners, they had plenty of good field position, a three-and-out ensued.
Then Howe, on his fourth carry of the game, ripped off a 70-yarder.
Another Nazareth three-and-out followed.
On Benet’s first play of their third possession — and only sixth offense snap of the game — Nelligan came from his receiver position to take a handoff and raced 73 yards to give Benet a quick 19-0 lead. The 19 courtesy of two missed extra points.
The Roadrunners followed with a seven play drive that finished with tight end Michael Martinez slamming past the Redwings defense on his way to the end zone courtesy of a Matthew Behrendt pass.
But, the drive will be remembered by all of the Benet fans for the wrong reasons.
Senior Alex Sadauskas, one of 29 Redwing seniors, broke his leg on the fifth play and after a sad, somber 20 minutes the show had to go on.
Benet honored its fallen teammate with an eight play, 66-yard drive, which was capped off with Howe bruising his way in from 22 yards out. This gave the home side a 25-7 advantage just as the first quarter came to an end.
For Howe and his monster game (24 carries, 293 yards), it was the play of the Redwings’ offensive line who should see the bulk of the praise.
“The game plan was to run all over them,” Howe said. “We came in and knew what we wanted to do and we did it.”
The second quarter saw the Redwings find the end zone three more times through Howe (from 42 and 55 yards out, respectively) before senior fullback Pat Boyle plunged in for a 45-7 halftime advantage.
Benet coach Pat New was thrilled with his team’s 410-yard first-half output.
“Our offensive line made a choice tonight that they really wanted to come out and establish themselves. A lot of the guys know the Nazareth guys and they wanted to come out and play hard and I think they did that.”
The second half saw the Redwings dive deep into their bench to give some younger guys and every senior on the roster a chance to see action. The result was two Nazareth touchdowns, but the game’s outcome had already been decided.
Benet moves to 4-2 on the season.