The Canfield Little Cardinals 12U (140 lb) football team opened its 2013 season in true Cardinal championship fashion.
The Cardinals routed the Howland Tigers 48-0 on the road. Canfield opened the game on defense with a three and out series ending in a punt to Canfield’s Ethan Fletcher who returned for 15 yards. On the first offensive series, Fletcher scored on an 8-yard run, followed by a two-point conversion when Nick Crawford caught a ball from Santino Marucci. On the ensuing series, Fletcher intercepted a pass deep in Cardinal territory. Marucci ran a three- yard option behind Peyton Kostelic and Seth Hull to score. A two-point conversion from Crawford made it 16-0.
The defense was fierce, allowing no yards for the Tigers. On the third offensive series Marucci hit Crawford on a 25-yard touch down pass that was called back on a block in the back. The ball was spotted at the 15-yard line. On the next play, Marucci hit Greg Karas for a 15-yard touchdown pass thanks to great blocking by Gavin Tareshawty and David Noday. Fletcher then ran in the two-point conversion. With a 24-0 deficit, the Tigers offense didn’t show up again on the following series. The Cardinals took advantage with Fletcher taking a toss sweep off the left side for a 35-yard touchdown. The two points were tacked on by Crawford on a run to make it 32-0 at the half.
Canfield stopped Howland on the first series of the third quarter and then Marucci found Crawford deep on a 35-yard touchdown pass. Anthony D’Alesio scored the two points on a run making it 40-0. D’Alesio recovered a Tiger fumble on the following series. Jake Kowal threw a strike to D’Alesio for a 10-yard touchdown followed by a Cole Morell PAT run. Alex George forced a Tiger fumble and David Reinhart recovered.
In rushing, Fletcher totaled 53 yards, Crawford 30 yards and D’Alesio 30 yards. Marucci and Kowal passed for 90 and 32 yards respectively. Receiving was Crawford with 63 yards, D’Alesio with 18 yards, Kowal and Ritenhour with 15 yards each and Karas with 12 yards. Crawford, Marucci and Kostelic each recorded three tackles.