Pelham Pythons Football '09

Fri, Sep 18, 2009 07:00 PM @ Pelham
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Campbell 0 0 0 7 7
Pelham 19 20 0 0 39

DeAngelo throws Pelham to victory

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Friday, September, 18 By Jeff Hamrick
Staff writer

PELHAM (NH) — All the axioms regarding rushing attacks and their importance to success on a football field were tossed out last night by the Pelham Pythons.

Taking to the air almost exclusively in the first half when Joseph DeAngelo was throwing for five touchdowns and running for another, Pelham won for the second time in three outings by routing over matched Campbell 39-7 in a nonleague game.

After throwing for only one touchdown the previous two games, the Pythons' senior quarterback was close to perfect, completing 16 of his 17 attempts for 327 yards before sitting out the entire second quarter.

"I knew we were going to throw," DeAngelo said. "I was happy for my receivers. Everyone was catching the ball. If we need to run the ball we can, but the passing was working just fine."

The air attack wasted little time, as DeAngelo hooked up with freshman Kevin Cheam for 22 yards and 35 yards the first two plays from scrimmage to stake the Pythons to a 7-0 lead. Cheam, who wasn't on the roster and playing for just the second time in his career added a 10-yard scoring reception early in the second quarter.

"I just wanted to please the coach at the start of practices this season," Cheam said. "Then I didn't play in the first game, so I wasn't expecting anything like this at all."

DeAngelo's primary target was Joshua Luciano who had eight receptions for 200 yards, including six catches of 20 yards or more. Luciano scored the game's second touchdown, hauling in a 57-yard pass from DeAngleo on a 4th-and-1 situation.

Pelham tried passing on each of the nine plays it ran in the first quarter en route to a 19-0 lead, although DeAngelo was forced to scramble on one of them. Of the 28 plays the Pythons ran in the first half, 17 went via air.

"We've been running a variation of everything on offense," Pelham coach Tom Babaian said. "We just ran multiple sets and took advantage of what they were giving us. They were giving the pass so we took it. We expect (DeAngelo) to do that. He kept the offense rolling."

In the second half, which was played with a running clock, the Pythons went with their second string offense and stayed on the ground for all 16 plays from a wishbone attack. Pelham finished the game with 454 yards total offense. Campbell (0-3), which surrendered 178 yards in the first period while gaining 37, averted the shutout on a 10-yard run by Kiel Canada with 9:26 remaining in the game.



Game Statistics:

First Quarter

P — Kevin Cheam 14 pass from Joseph DeAngelo (Tim Schaffer kick), 9:36

P — Joshua Luciano 57 from DeAngelo (kick failed), 3:37

P — Luciano 32 pass from DeAngelo (kick failed), 1:08

Second Quarter

P — Cheam 10 pass from DeAngelo (Schaffer kick), 8:03

P — Schaffer 35 pass from DeAngelo (kick blocked), 6:13

P — DeAngelo 5 run (Schaffer kick), 0:10

Fourth Quarter

C — Kiel Canada 10 (Justin Johnson kick), 9:26



RUSHING: C (35-133) — Kiel Canada 20-82, Anthony Rinaldi 7-29, Keithen Craig 4-28, Dylan Andrews 1-1, John Houston 1-(minus 1), Jeff Martin 1-(minus 6); P (27-127) — Kevin Cheam 2-30, Joshua Luciano 2-27, Joseph DeAngelo 5-24, Kevin DeAngelo 5-24, Evan Sage 6-11, Tim Schaffer 2-7, Joe Perrone 1-5, John Bourk 3-0.

PASSING: C — Canada 4-14-102 (1 interception); P — Joseph DeAngelo 16-17-327.

RECEIVING: C — Alan Popovich 2-49, Tyler Coughlin 1-27, Keithen Craig 1-26; P — Joshua Luciano 8-200, Kevin Cheam 6-85, Schaffer 1-35, Sean Sweeney 1-7.

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