Football Stymies Holy Cross in 22-0 Victory Friday Night

Football Stymies Holy Cross in 22-0 Victory Friday Night

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With 2015 in the back of their minds, the Pirates football team made sure 2016 would not be a repeat and then some against Holy Cross.

“I’ve been talking all week like it was just another game, but inside, I had a bitter taste in my mouth since last year,” senior quarterback Shaun Davilla said.

“It was an unspoken message tonight. We just went out, did our routines, and got ready to play Cross.”

Cinnaminson stymied Holy Cross on Friday night for a 22-0 win on the road.

“One thing about last year, you don’t forget last year, but you improve upon it,” Patrizi said. “Holy Cross deserved to beat us last year, no doubt. You learn from it and you don’t let it happen again.”

The Pirates are now 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Liberty. The Lancers drop to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the division.

“The thing that’s nice about this win is two serious road games and we come out 3-0,” head coach Mario Patrizi said.

“You’ve got to be happy with it. We knew coming in it was going to be tough.”

It was a slow start for both teams in the first half as the Pirates led 6-0 at the break.

“They’re very good and very well coached,” Patrizi said. “They took us out of our rhythm in the first half. I’m proud of how we responded at halftime. A lot of adjustments and coming together; that’s what good teams do.”

The first score of the night came with 1:57 to go in the opening quarter when Rashad Raymond took a pass from Davilla and went 12 yards.

Andrew Goshine extended the lead with a 13-yard touchdown run with 8:59 to go in the third. A two-point conversion made it a 14-0 game.

Cinnaminson put an exclamation point on the win when Davilla hit Goshine for a 25-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 11:44 to go in the fourth.

“I just didn’t give up on the play,” Goshine said. “If Frankie (Stepnowski) didn’t tell me to cut it in, I probably would’ve kept going to the outside. I thank him for allowing me to get that touchdown.”

“That was one of the best plays I’ve seen,” Patrizi said of Goshine’s score. “The one thing about Goshine, he’s under the radar. That kid can play. He comes to work every day. He’s very humble. Half the time you don’t know he’s there. You knew he was there tonight.”

That touchdown, the final one of the game, was setup by a Davilla interception of a Jeff Undercuffler pass attempt at the Pirates five-yard line and ensuing 46-yard run to midfield by Davilla on offense.

“It’s amazing to get a shutout against a team like that,” Davilla said. “They have a lot of outside options and a great quarterback in Undercuffler. It felt nice.”

Cinnaminson marched down field, killing the third quarter clock, and going 95 yards for the dagger.

“We’ve been working with each other from April to now, outside running routes, and we feel comfortable,” Goshine said of his comfort level with his quarterback after transferring from Pennsauken last spring.

The Pirates picked off two passes Friday night, the other one by Christian Massara, to move their turnover differential to plus-six on the season (6-0).

Cinnaminson returns home on Friday, September 30 for a tilt with Glassboro at 7pm.

Scoring:

Q1 1:57 Rashad Raymond 12 pass from Shaun Davilla (kick failed)
Q3 8:59 Andrew Goshine 13 run (Goshine run)
Q4 11:44 Andrew Goshine 25 pass from Shaun Davilla (Kevin Schoch run)

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com