TOWNSEND — When St. Peter-Marian struggled to get its running game untracked against the North Middlesex defense on Friday night, the Guardians looked to sophomore quarterback Steve Flynn to lead the way. He did just that, completing six-of-nine passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns, including four-of-four for 85 yards and a touchdown in the first half as the Guardians took control of the game, on the way to a 33-6 win.
Flynn’s favorite target on the night was Joe Consolmagno, who caught two passes for 47 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Other top performers for St. Peter-Marian were running backs Tim Brutto (11 carries, 55 yards) and Angel Webster (nine carries, 40 yards).
North Middlesex struggled offensively against St. Peter-Marian’s stifling defense, Quarterback Jake Trickett completed two of six passes for 49 yards, both to Brian Magee, including a touchdown. Joe Dolciotto led the ground attack with 28 yards on seven carries.
After the Patriots couldn’t move the ball to open the game, the Guardians took advantage of a short field and drove 34 yards for the first points of the game. Runs by Brutto and Webster were good for first downs, before Tre Watson capped the march with a run up the middle from three yards out. Flynn added the conversion kick to make it 7-0.
The ensuing kickoff bounced off a North Middlesex player and was recovered by St. Peter-Marian, but the Patriots’ defense held and forced a punt. The Patriots put together a drive early in the second quarter to get on the board. After a couple of big first down runs by Dolciotto, Trickett connected with Magee on a screen pass and the junior took it 40 yards to pay dirt to slice the lead to 7-6.
The Patriots pounced on a St. Peter-Marian fumble and drove to the Guardians’ 36-yard line, but the St. Peter-Marian defense made a huge fourth down stop.
The visitors had just 30 seconds to work with, but Flynn connected on three consecutive passes, the third a 42-yard bomb to Joe Hakkarainen for the touchdown, before a successful conversion kick by Flynn sent the Guardians to intermission with a 14-6 advantage.
A solid kick return to open the second half set the Guardians up at midfield and four plays later Flynn connected with Consolmagno on a 41-yard scoring toss to make it 20-6. The Patriots got the ball back but were forced to punt, and St. Peter’s added to the lead with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter. On a fake field goal attempt, Flynn found Tyler O’Neil in the end zone from 13 yards out. When Flynn tacked on the conversion kick it was 27-6.
St. Peter-Marian’s Brian O’Connor intercepted a pass early in the fourth quarter and returned it to the North Middlesex 12-yard line, but the Patriots’ defense stiffened and held on a fourth down play.
But after the Guardians’ defense forced a punt, the St. Peter-Marian offense finished off the scoring in the game with an eight-play, 38-yard drive, capped by Danny Henrickson’s four-yard dive.
St. Peter-Marian was solid on both sides of the ball, owning a 282-87 edge in total offense.