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Stone Wall-ed: Knights defense comes up big in 42-6 victory

September 29, 2011

WALL — The Crimson Knights defense was on a mission last weekend following a week of film study on C Central foe Lakewood — stop Piners’ standout junior quarterback Tyrice Bevertte.

Bevertte, who is in his third year as the signal caller for Lakewood, is a 6’2” multi-versatile talent, that has received Division 1 interest for his ability to run, throw and cause fits for opposing defenses when he gets outside the pocket. The Piners quarterback entered the game with Wall on Saturday, coming off a four-touchdown performance during a 28-12 win over Monsignor Donovan in week two.

“We had to contain him,” said Wall senior defensive lineman Adam Molinelli of Bevertte. “We really stressed that we could not let him get outside of us.”

Molinelli and the Crimson Knights not only contained Bevertte, but limited him to just 58-yards of total offense in a 42-6 runaway home win.

With the victory, Wall moved to a perfect 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in the C Central Division, as the Piners fell to 1-2 on the year.

Crimson Knight head coach Chris Barnes was proud of his team’s defensive performance on Saturday night. The unit not only contained Bevertte, but limited the entire Lakewood offense to zero points [the Piners scored a late-game defensive touchdown] and just 89-yards of total team offense.

“We had to contain the quarterback [Bevertte] and our defense did a real nice job,” said Barnes. “We schemed it and the kids came through.”

Saturday night’s divisional contest between Wall and Lakewood was originally scheduled for Friday night, but due to inclement weather, the game was pushed back a day, along with the majority of the Shore Conference football schedule. Barnes and his coaching staff had hoped the delay would not hurt the Crimson Knights. Wall showed early and often that a 24-hour delay would not slow the the team down.

“We were concerned early on, but the kids responded well,” said Barnes.

The Crimson Knights jumped out to a 22-0 first quarter lead on touchdown runs of seven and eight yards by senior running back Jim Guiliano, who rushed for 74-yards on 11 carries, and with a defensive touchdown by Molinelli. Molinelli recovered a fumble in the end zone after the Piners could not convert the long-snap on a punt attempt deep in their own territory.

“I just saw the [punter] jump up and miss the ball,” said Molinelli, recalling the play. “It was sitting in the end zone and I just jumped on it.”

The touchdown was the first of Molinelli’s career.

“I was lost for words, I was so excited,” he said.

As the Wall defense continued to stifle the Piners, the Crimson Knights offense struck for two touchdowns in the second quarter.

Following a punt by Lakewood, Wall senior quarterback Steve Cluley capped off a six-play, 51-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to put Wall up 29-0.

Cluley struck again on his team’s next offensive possession, finding senior wide receiver Conor Mulholland for a 31-yard touchdown pass. Mulholland’s grab sent the two team’s into the locker room at halftime with the Crimson Knights holding a 35-0 lead.

“Things went our way early with the momentum and the field position,” said Barnes. “We took advantage of it.”

In the second half, many four-year members of the football program got the opportunity to compete against the Piners, playing very well.

“We have 28 seniors and it was a great opportunity to get them some varsity experience,” said Barnes. “It is important to us [as coaches]. They played well and we were real happy for them.”

Wall even gave its fans a look into the future, getting quality performances from underclassmen during the win.

Sophomore Peter Miceli lead the Crimson Knights offense rushing attack in the second half, totaling 86-yards on six carries. Miceli scored Wall’s lone second half touchdown on a 26-yard scamper to cap off the night.

With the victory, the Crimson Knights find themselves right where they want to be entering week four — undefeated.

“We are off to a good start right now,” said Molinelli. “We just have to keep playing our game if we want to be very successful.”

With Wall at 3-0, Barnes and his coaching staff will continue to look for spots where the team can grow.

“We still have areas to improve and that is what we talked about [following the game],” said Barnes. “We can’t take anyone lightly. Right now we are pleased with where we are but there is always room for improvement.”

The Crimson Knights will face their next test tomorrow, when the team travels to Point Pleasant Borough High School for a game against C Central rival, the Panthers [see related story]. Point Pleasant Borough enters the game 2-1 [1-1 in C Central] and is coming off a very good win on the road against Jackson Liberty.

With one less day to rest following a Saturday game, Barnes knew his team needed a crisp week of practice in preparation for the Panthers.

“Coming off a Saturday night game we have to get healthy,” said Barnes. “We need to get ready for Point Borough.”

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Wall 42, Lakewood 6

Wall (3-0)……………… 22 13 0 7 — 42

Lakewood (1-2)………… 0 0 0 6 — 6

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

W-Guiliano 7 run [Gardner from Block]

W-Molinelli fumble recover [Block kick]

W- Guiliano 8 run [Block kick]

Second Quarter

W- Cluley 1 run [Block kick]

W- Mulholland 31 pass from S. Cluley [kick failed]

Third Quarter

No Scoring

Fourth Quarter

W- Miceli 26 run [Shields kick]

L- White fumble recover [kick failed]

TEAM STATISTICS

W L

First Downs 11 7

Rushes – Yards 27-189 24-17

Passing Yards 48 72

Comp. – Att. – Int. 2-4-0 7-19-0

Fumbles-Lost: 2-2 7-2

Penalties: 2-25 4-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING – Wall: Miceli 6-86, Guiliano 11-74, S. Cluley 4-13, Oxtevega 1-9, Louro 1-4, Duritza 1-2, Mulholland 1-1, J. Cluley 2-0 Lakewood: Jackson 6-28, White 1-6, Wimberly, 2-[-3], Bevertte 15-[-14].

PASSING – (C – A – Yds- Td – Int):

Wall: S. Cluley 2-4-47-1-0 Lakewood: Bevertte 7-19-0-0

RECEIVING – Wall: Mulholland 1-31, Petitta 1-17. Lakewood: Keraitis 4-55, Wilson 2-14, Peete 1-3.

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