Keeping up with the Jones’ (or Austins), Canevin falls short
Written by: Josh Funk on Sunday, September 7th, 2008
DORMONT, Pa. – For offenses reliant on the big play, often times it becomes a case of feast or famine.
Sto-Rox experienced the famine portion of things in the first half of Saturday night’s conference tilt with Bishop Canevin. Lucky for the Vikings, they weren’t in too deep of a hole.
Despite trailing 6-0 at halftime, Sto-Rox (2-0 overall, 2-0 Century Conference) rallied for 20 unanswered points in the second half to walk out of Dormont Stadium a 20-12 winner over Bishop Canevin (1-1, 1-1).
An offense highlighted by one of the top junior quarterbacks in all of Pennsylvania, Sto-Rox head coach Jason Ruscitto made a request.
“Make sure Brian Austin gets mentioned,” Ruscitto said.
It would be hard not to mention #20, a 5’10, 165-pound speedster on the Viking offense, which runs a lot of four and five wide receiver sets.
It was Austin who got behind the Bishop Canevin defense in the first half for a 53-yard gain, and while it didn’t help set up any points, it reversed the field position and forced Canevin to drive just a little bit further.
It was also Austin who scored Sto-Rox’ initial touchdown, a 79-yard bomb from Jones on the Vikings’ first play of the second half. The play took just eight seconds from start to finish, and began the unraveling of the Canevin Crusaders, which controlled the tempo of the first half with a steady diet of run, run, run, and run some more.
The trio of Chris Walko (8 rushes, 37 yards), Jeff Dobbins (11 rush, 60 yards), and Bruce Maloney (7 rushes, 28 yards) recorded carry after carry, yard after yard, and first down after first down, but despite the trio’s best efforts, the Crusaders only mustered two Drake Greer field goals, of 37 and 39 yards, respectively, to stake a 6-0 lead at the break.
“(Defensively) we got back to the basics in the second half,” Ruscitto said. “We made a small adjustment.”
It paid huge dividends.
After Sto-Rox knotted things up, it just got the ball rolling. Jones (11-of-20, 307 yards, 3 TD; 10 rushes, -28 yards) hooked up with DeSean Reddix from seven yards out to give the Vikes a 14-6 lead.
After catching the extra-long 18-yard two point conversion pass on the Reddix touchdown, it was Andrew Carswell’s turn to get in on the action. Carswell hauled in a 75-yard scoring pass with 4:30 left in the game to cap Sto-Rox’ 20-point spurt. It was Carswell’s only reception of the game.
“It was a total team effort tonight,” Ruscitto said, and checking the stat line validates that fact.
Six different Viking receivers caught passes, and nine different players got a rush attempt.
Canevin was able to cut the deficit to 20-12 when Lou Dipaolo (8-of-14, 117 yards, TD) hooked up with Danny Hrapla for a 48-yard touchdown pass.
But Canevin, which was limited to just three rushing yards in the second half, couldn’t recover from the adjustments the Vikings’ defense made in the locker room.
Austin led the Viking receiving corps with four catches for 149 yards and a touchdown. Carswell finished with 17 rushing yards on the night, which led the team.
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