Dominic Rutigliano was the player who coach Mike Stanley knew “would run the offense” for Carey. He did just that on Saturday, completing 24 of 40 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns and rushing three times for 21 yards and a touchdown to lead Carey to a Nassau II victory over Elmont, 49-27.
“Rutigliano worked really hard this week to make these throws happen,” Stanley said. “Any high school kid who throws for 300 yards should be proud. He was good at being patient and taking what was there.”
To start the third quarter, Rutigliano threw a 50-yard TD pass to Rich Mejia. He also threw a 48-yard TD pass to Nick Giacalone at the 10:07 mark in the fourth.
Giacalone’s day was interesting, to say the least. Giacalone took a big hit on the first play of the game, according to Stanley. He sat out the first half and came back in the third quarter. He caught nine passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. The last score of the game was his 45-yard interception return.
“Giacalone showed a lot of courage coming back to play,” Stanley said. “He shook it off and came back strong.”
Barry Moore, who Stanley says “brings great toughness on both sides of the ball” had four carries for 11 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 62 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown pass.
On defense, Stanley said Alex Lake did an excellent job defending Elmont’s Chester Anderson, who Stanley described as a “matchup nightmare.” Devin Hartz’s had a sack for 14-yard loss. Andre Blanc had a sack for 13 yards and recovered a fumble.