John­son, Scott roll over ri­val


BROCKTON — It didn’t take long for St. Mary’s to as­sert it­self last night.

On the first play from scrim­mage in a key Catholic Cen­tral League con­test against Car­di­nal Spell­man, Mar­lon Scott took a hand­off 75 yards for a score and the Spar­tans kept on run­ning from there.

The trio of Scott, Calvin John­son and James Brum­field com­bined to rush for 439 yards and five touch­downs as St. Mary’s pul­ver­ized the Car­di­nals, 48-8, at Potvin Field.

“We pre­pared well and came out fast, phys­i­cal,” said John­son. “Their en­vi­ron­ment is crazy down here and we just fin­ished the test.”

While Scott (nine car­ries, 126 yards) quickly opened the scor­ing, the night be­longed to se­nior quar­ter­back John­son.

John­son re­minded everyone why he is the reign­ing CCL Large MVP by rush­ing for 160 yards and three touch­downs on just 11 car­ries — and us­ing his arm.

He added to the lead with a 45-yard touch­down run be­fore toss­ing a 25-yard scor­ing strike to Lee Pacheco.

“I won the CCL (Large MVP) last year, but I’m putting that be­hind,” John­son said. “This is a new year. New team. Big­ger goals this year.”

A 20-yard scam­per by John­son to pay­dirt just be­fore half­time kept the Spar­tans rolling with a 28-0 lead.

Brum­field (15 car­ries, 153 yards) con­trib­uted to the rush­ing at­tack with a 60yard touch­down run in the third quar­ter be­fore John­son capped off his per­for­mance by weav­ing through the Spell­man de­fense for a 58-yard score.

“Our backs, they got ex­pe­ri­ence,” said St. Mary’s coach Matt Dur­gin, whose team has scored 200 points in four wins.

“Then you got Calvin, who at any­time, he has the abil­ity to score. I thought the guys up front played very phys­i­cal. It was just a team ef­fort and that’s what we needed.”

Car­di­nal Spell­man (31), which lost its start­ing quar­ter­back, Rob Maguire, to an in­jury early in the first quar­ter, got a 10yard rush­ing touch­down from Justin Olowu (18 car­ries, 93 yards) in the third quar­ter.


CAN’T SLOW THEM DOWN: Mar­lon Scott car­ries the ball past the Car­di­nal Spell­man de­fense as St. Mary’s rolled to a 48-8 rout in a Catholic Cen­tral Large show­down last night; at right, Spell­man’s J.J. Cooper tries to es­cape the grasp of Nino Echevar­ria of...

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