Mars smothers Armstrong in 38-0 home game – Butler Eagle

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Aidan Alessio (6) comes up with Mars’ second interception through the first half of their sport towards Armstrong on Friday night time, Oct. 13, 2023, at Mars Athletic Complicated. Mars received 38-0. Shane Potter/Butler Eagle

ADAMS TWP — Deploying his protection with a 31-point cushion play, Mars coach Eric Kasperowicz had a sure quantity in thoughts — the identical one which was lit up on Armstrong’s aspect of the scoreboard for the 41 minutes prior.

“Yet one more cease,” he urged senior linebacker Cole Yoshioka, providing a high-five together with his centered mounted on zero. “Yet one more cease.”

The Planets unit adopted swimsuit on the following River Hawks collection — and the one after that — to clean their guests, 38-0, in a Higher Allegheny Convention gridiron matchup Friday night time.

Armstrong (5-3, 2-2) entered the conflict averaging 36.8 factors per outing, adequate for the third-best scoring common in WPIAL Class 4A. Mars (6-2, 4-0) allowed the River Hawks simply six performs in plus territory and made certain they didn’t prime 100 yards from scrimmage till there have been lower than 5 minutes to play.

“That shutout lets everybody know that we’re critical,” Yoshioka stated. “Our protection is critical.”

Seniors Jacob Maple and Aidan Alessio had interceptions, and the group dropped no less than two extra towards what has in any other case been an efficient unfold assault.

“This sport, I feel we proved our protection to be one of many prime defenses within the WPIAL, to be trustworthy,” Maple stated. “Our guys simply executed. We did nice.”

Xander Painley and Maple additionally notched sacks, whereas the River Hawks punted after three performs on six events, together with 4 in a row to begin the second half.

“We simply couldn’t get in rhythm,” Armstrong coach Frank Fabian stated. “They simply saved us from getting first downs. We’re type of like a tempo offense — as soon as we get one first down, it turns into (extra). … There was too many three-and-outs, credit score to them. They simply had us off-balance all night time on offense.”

The Planets’ offense was slowed initially, as properly. As regular, senior tailback Evan Wright was the one to supply the spark — a 48-yard receiving landing on the primary play of Mars’ fourth offensive collection. Junior quarterback Luke Goodworth surpassed Sam Morrissey’s document single-season passing mark of 1,446 yards when he hit Maple for one more aerial rating with 1:24 to go earlier than the halfway level.

Senior Connor Hartle’s punt block simply over two minutes into the third body arrange one other fast landing for Wright, this time from 13 yards out. Wright eclipsed 1,000 yards on the bottom on the night time, turning into the sixth Planets rusher since 2005 to have no less than two 1,000-yard campaigns.

Wright hit pay filth once more and sophomore Ayden Yocum added on within the fourth quarter for Mars, which entered having put up a classification-best 41.1 factors per sport.

“So long as we’re scoring factors, the protection can go unnoticed,” Kasperowicz stated. “It doesn’t matter, so long as we’re enjoying exhausting, bodily protection.”

Early on, a Chase Jablonski interception offered the River Hawks an excellent alternative to strike first, setting the guests up on the Mars 22-yard line. Maple picked Jaydon Oliver off two performs later.

“We had precisely what we needed,” Fabian stated. “They nook blitzed. We thought that could be the case. It’s a freshman enjoying quarterback. He noticed some stuff tonight he hasn’t seen earlier than.”

Mason Childress recovered Hartle’s punt block and added a 23-yard area purpose. Armstrong had crushed the Planets, 55-31, final 12 months.

“They’ve an excellent offense, and so they type of embarrassed us final 12 months slightly bit up at their place,” Kasperowicz stated. “That stung. Our guys remembered that, so we got here out and performed an excellent group effort.”

Armstrong 0 0 0 0 — 0

Mars 7 7 10 14 — 38

First Quarter

M — Evan Wright 48 go from Luke Goodworth (Mason Childress kick), 1:44

Second Quarter

M — Jacob Maple 35 go from Goodworth (Childress kick), 1:24

Third Quarter

M — Wright 13 run (Childress kick), 9:39

M — Childress 23 area purpose, 1:39

Fourth Quarter

M — Wright 44 run (Childress kick), 10:31

M — Ayden Yocum 20 run (Childress kick), 3:04

Particular person Statistics

Speeding: Armstrong, Alex Patton 8-35, Jaydon Oliver 14-19, Kyan Kline 4-17, Joe Bartolowits 1-6, Rex Harmon 1-(-1). Mars, Evan Wright 25-143, Ayden Yocum 6-47, Luke Goodworth 1-(-7).

Passing: Armstrong, Jaydon Oliver 10-23-113-2. Mars, Luke Goodworth 11-19-193-1.

Receiving: Armstrong, Ian Olsen 5-68, Kyan Kline 2-22, Chase Jablonski 2-18, Alex Patton 1-5. Mars, Evan Wright 2-49, Aidan Alessio 2-48, Jacob Maple 1-35, Cole Yoshioka 2-28, Ethan Kresinski 1-21, Liam Hein 2-8, Ayden Yocum 1-4.


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