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Hunter, Iacono run wild in St. John the Baptist's football win

Posted Monday, September 21, 2009 by Ray Nelson

Hunter, Iacono run wild in St. John the Baptist's football win

St. John the Baptist High

Photo credit: James A. Escher / Freelance / Se/Photo by James A. Escher | St. John the Baptist High School senior running back #20 Vincent Iacono rushes during a NYCHSFL varsity football game vs. St. Peter's at Mitchel Athletic Complex. St. John the Baptist won the game 35-14.


The St. John the Baptist

football team hit the ground running Sunday against St. Peter's from Staten Island.

Berelle Hunter and Vinny Iacono were unstoppable, combining for 320 of the team's 332 rushing yards as the Cougars rolled past St. Peter's, 35-14, at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale.

"We knew that this team would bring pressure," SJB coach Keith Schweers said after his team won its CHSFL opener; SJB is 1-1 overall. "We wanted to run right at them and we did, pretty successfully."

Hunter rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries while Iacono totaled 138 yards and one score on 11 carries. Hunter picked up most of his yards on two touchdown runs - he had a 75-yard burst in the second quarter that made it 20-0 and capped the scoring with an 85-yard sprint.

Iacono also showed a flare for the big play. His scoring run was from 55 yards as the Cougars took a 28-0 lead in the second quarter. SJB led 28-7 at halftime.

Although the running game was runnong on all cylinders, Schweers was pleased that his team delivered a well-balanced attack. Quarterback Sean Belsky threw only six passes, but four of them were completions, and two of those four were for touchdowns. Belsky hooked up with receiver Michael Gangitano for a couple of first-quarter TD passes, the first from 24 yards and the second from 36.

Belsky finished with 115 passing yards as St. John the Baptist wracked up 447 total yards of offense.

Schweers was just as impressed with his team's defensive performance. Matt Scott led the Cougars with nine tackles and Nick Licari had an interception. Free safety James Kierans had a sack - one of SJB's six - and six tackles. As a unit, the defense also forced three fumbles. Schweers said all 15 defensive players mad a tackle.

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