There were no aftereffects for a Chaminade football team coming off a disappointing, one-point loss to rival St. Anthony's last week. The Flyers scored on all four first-half possessions and cruised to a 31-12 victory over Holy Trinity Sunday in a CHSFL game played before a rain-soaked crowd in Hicksville.
Running back Dan Fowler opened the scoring with a 33-yard touchdown run, and running back Rob Speranza had two scoring runs sandwiching a 23-yard field goal by Zane Wasp for a 24-0 lead.
"We had a very good week of practice," Chaminade coach Stephen Boyd said. "We've matured as a team. I thought we showed up ready to play today and that was obvious early on."
Chaminade (4-1, 3-1) reeled off three consecutive first-down runs before Fowler broke over left tackle and went 33 yards for the first score to complete a four-play, 62-yard drive. Wasp added the kick for the 7-0 lead with only 1:14 gone in the first quarter.
"We wanted to be more efficient in the red zone and not leave points on the field," Boyd said. "The running game was certainly much crisper and we eliminated some mistakes."
Chaminade's defense was just as good. The Flyers recorded six sacks of Rutgers-bound quarterback Chris Laviano, who was constantly forced from the pocket. Laviano was sacked twice each by linebackers Brian Dunne, Chris Powers and Brendan O'Callaghan.
"We had real good pressure on him," said Fowler (141 yards on 14 carries). "And we had real good coverage."
Despite the excellent defensive scheme, Laviano completed 20 of 32 passes for 251 yards. His prime target was sophomore Cameren Hayes, who had 10 catches for 99 yards.
Laviano directed a 16-play, 74-yard drive that was capped by Joe Ferguson's 2-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds left in the first half. The drive consumed 6:49 of the second quarter to cut the lead to 24-6.
Holy Trinity (2-3, 1-3) never drew closer. Chaminade quarterback Sean Cerrone, who completed 5 of 8 passes for 138 yards, punctuated the Flyers' first possession of the third quarter with an 11-yard scoring run for a 31-6 lead.
"Our defense, led by [John] McDaid and [Tim] Muller, set the tempo," Boyd said. "And Powers is getting more and more playing time and making big plays."