No team is going to be perfect on opening night, and that was the case for the Pirates football team Friday as it took second half adjustments to take down Willingboro 27-0.
“It was a slow start. They threw a defense out we weren’t prepared for,” head coach Mario Patrizi said. “We made adjustments at halftime, no panic or anything like that.”
The Pirates are 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Liberty Division after their win on the road.
It was a slow go for both teams with a scoreless first quarter. The entire first half was a feeling out process.
“We just didn’t come out as hard as we should have,” quarterback Shaun Davilla said. “They really worked us the first half.”
Cinnaminson finally got on the board with 6:07 left in the second when sophomore running back Rashad Raymond broke off a 35-yard touchdown run.
The Pirates took the 6-0 lead into the break.
The second half is where the game changed immensely. Cinnaminson possessed the ball for almost all of the 24 minutes played in the half.
“We said new half, new us,” Davilla said. “Everyone did their jobs and we trusted in the offense and defense. Specials, we worked our tails off, that’s what won the game; conditioning.”
The Pirates would score on a 19-yard pass from senior Davilla to senior wide receiver Sean Harris to make it a 14-0 game following a two-point conversion.
“They called and eight to him and he’s had a tremendous offseason,” Davilla said. “I knew he was going to get that ball, I just had to put it where no one else could get it.”
Davilla added a six-yard run late in the third to increase the lead to 21-0.
“Our offensive line took over in the second half,” Patrizi said. “Shaun calmed down. I thought he was trying to do too much. Defensively we buckled down. Up front, guys did nice jobs.”
To cap it off, Raymond added a second touchdown run, 18 yards, to make it a 27-0 game.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. We will get back to work on Monday,” Patrizi said. “Sterling comes in and they run a tight offense, a run-dominated offense, something we haven’t seen.”
For yet another game the Pirates defense won the turnover battle, coming away with two fumbles and an interception.
Dominic Cicale recorded the interception and the fumbles were recovered by Frank Stepnowski and Matt Overman.
“Flying to the ball. Eleven hats to the ball,” Patrizi said. “Even in our scrimmages this year I’ve seen a lot more of it. Fresh legs get to the ball and I think that was the difference.”
The Pirates host Sterling (0-1) Friday, September 16 at 7pm for their home opener.
“We need to come out strong against any opponent,” Davilla said.
“We can’t let names or results from last year get in our head. We have a lot of adjustments to make still.”
Q2 6:07: Rashad Raymond 35 run (kick failed)
Q3 5:09: Shaun Davilla 19 pass to Sean Harris (2-pt good)
Q3 1:13: Davilla 6 run (Joe Cody kick)
Q4 1:15: Raymond 18 run (kick failed)
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