By Tom Worgo, email@example.com
9:09 AM EDT, September 22, 2013
Boys' Latin quarterback Freddy Bopst showed off his strong passing arm, Stephen Hill scored on a blocked punt and Nick Gesualdi returned an interception for a touchdown as the Lakers' defense put up another standout effort.
It added up to 38-14 football victory over Kiski School, of Pennsylvania, Saturday.Boys' Latin (3-0) took advantage of excellent field position in the first half, scoring three times when the Lakers got the ball in Kiski territory.
And three times in the first half, the Lakers' defense made the Cougars (1-2) punt from inside their own 10-yard yard line.
Boys' Latin scored on its second possession. After Pat McManus returned a kick 16 yards, the Lakers drove 32 yards in five plays. Bopst capped it with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Davy Lizana on a slant.
The Lakers forced a three-and-out and got the ball right back.
Boys' Latin started on the Kiski 30 after Ben Simpson's punt went only 20 yards.
The Lakers only needed one play to score as Bopst teamed up with a wide-open Gesualdi down the left sideline for a 30-yard play late in the first quarter.
While the offensive was making big plays, so was the defense.
Lakers' junior linebacker Preston Waters recorded his second sack and ninth overall early in the second quarter as the Cougars had to punt for the fourth straight time.
"We have an amazing defense," said Bopst, a senior. "All the offense has to do is put up some points."
McManus' 23-yard return helped set up another touchdown — a 1-yard Bopst quarterback keeper for a 20-0 Boys' Latin advantage.
Kiski trimmed the lead to 21-8 with 4:23 remaining in the second quarter on a Michael Gillespie to Terrance Kimball 36-yard touchdown pass and Gillespie 2-point conversion run.
The Lakers' Dominic Maggio finished the first-half scoring with a 31-yard field goal. He also had five extra points.
Late in the third quarter, the Lakers boosted their lead to 31-8 when Gesualdi returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown. It was his third interception of the season and the second time he scored on one.
The final score for Boys' Latin came early in the fourth quarter on Devin Shewell's blocked punt. Hill picked up the loose ball and ran it in."We are not an explosive offense," said Boys' Latin coach Ritchie Schell, whose team has also beaten Landon and Maryland Christian. "We have to rely on defense, special teams and our kicker. Our games are only going to get tougher."