The Cinnaminson football team welcomed Sterling to town on Friday night and promptly sent the Silver Knights packing with a 54-14 victory.
The Pirates are now 2-0 on the season and will take on Liberty rival Holy Cross next week.
“We’re 2-0. That’s nothing more, nothing less,” head coach Mario Patrizi said. “We got better from a week ago.”
“Offensively we did a lot of good things. Defensively, that’s a tough offense and to prepare for it in just a few days is difficult. We won the battle up front. With a ball control-type offense, we were in good shape.”
Sterling drops to 0-2 on the young season.
Things started well for the Pirates as Rashad Raymond took the opening kick 90 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring.
“It was a great feeling,” Raymond said of his return. “We focused on getting a good push by the line tonight. It’s really great. We’ve been working hard for the past two weeks. We’re striving to get better each and every week.”
“As soon as you see a special guy like that score for your special teams, it takes a lot off the defense and it gives everyone confidence,” linebacker Dom Cicale said of the kick return.
Cinnaminson led 20-0 at the end of the first quarter and 36-8 at the half.
“An offense like that wants to take you out of your philosophy,” Patrizi said. “We wanted to stay within our scheme, just make a few adjustments with it and keep it simple. We did that tonight.”
Raymond added a 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
“Rashad’s fast,” Patrizi said. “We’ve got two guys back there that can go the distance. We’ve got guys in the second line that can go the distance. It’s a nice luxury to have.”
Quarterback Shaun Davilla accounted for three touchdowns; a 10-yard run, a 9-yard run and a 4-yard pass to Andrew Goshine.
Goshine also added a 35-yard touchdown run late in the game.
Other scores from the Pirates came from a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown by Frank Stepnowski and a one-yard touchdown run by Joe Saxton.
“This offense, we won’t see the rest of the season, so we focused on where the guards are pulling and the fullback,” Cicale said. “Our defense did the job today. We shut it down.”
“They (the defense) hit hard. They were awesome in pass coverage.”
The Pirates travel to Holy Cross on Friday, September 23 at 7pm for a Liberty Division contest.
“We’re taking it one game at a time,” Patrizi said. “Holy Cross is a good team. We’re a good team. It’ll be a great game. It always is. It will go down to the wire.”
Q1 11:48: Rashad Raymond 90 kick return (kick failed)
Q1 5:33: Raymond 35 run (Shaun Davilla pass)
Q1 3:24: Davilla 10 run (2pt failed)
Q2 11:17 Davilla 9 run (Davilla pass)
Q2 8:11 Chris Roe 25 pass from CJ Barrett (Barrett pass)
Q2 4:33 Andrew Goshine 4 pass from Davilla (Davilla pass)
Q3 10:09 Frank Stepnowski 52 interception return (kick failed)
Q3 2:45 Sterling 2 run (run failed)
Q3 1:44 Goshine 35 run (kick failed)
Q4 4:13 Joe Saxton 1 run (kick failed)
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