Pao­letti’s Air Tigers squad strikes again, buries ’Stoga

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Christo­pher A. Vito For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

NEW­TOWN SQUARE >> There are don’t-blink of­fenses. And then there’s Marple New­town’s.

The Tigers have de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion around the re­gion for stretch­ing op­pos­ing de­fenses. They waste lit­tle time in throw­ing down­field. Some­times, not even the Tigers can keep up with their of­fense.

Marple New­town scored on its sec­ond play from scrim­mage and never looked back, bury­ing Con­estoga, 3812, Fri­day night in a Cen­tral League rout.

The Tigers (4-0, 3-0) went ahead on a 43-yard flea flicker from quar­ter­back An­thony Pao­letti to wide­out Dash Dul­ge­rian. The ball changed hands so many times that even Dul­ge­rian lost track of who had the ball.

“It goes An­thony to Mar­lon (Weath­ers) to Car­men (Chris­tiana) and back to An­thony, and then he flipped it to me,” Dul­ge­rian said. “Tonight was the first time we tried it in a game. I guess I just split the safeties and I was open.”

Dul­ge­rian and Cameron Mathes ben­e­fited from Pao­letti’s strong arm. Dul­ge­rian hauled in four passes for 148 yards and two touch­downs, and Mathes had four catches for 48 yards and two scores.

Pao­letti’s big day — 13-for21, 247 yards and four touch­downs — helped Marple New­town stay un­beaten as the Tigers em­bark on a cru­cial stretch of their sched­ule. Four of their next five games are on the road, with a meet­ing at home against fel­low Cen­tral League un­beaten Ri­d­ley sand­wiched in-be­tween.

“I think tonight just shows that no mat­ter who we play, when we stick to­gether and play to­gether, we can beat any­body,” Mathes said. “That’s the kind of mes­sage this game sends, I think.”

Marple New­town got off to that quick lead against Con­estoga (0-4, 0-3), and added to it fol­low­ing a stop by the Tigers’ de­fense. On the first play of the next drive, Pao­letti slung a 50yard laser to Dul­ge­rian for an­other score. Just like that, with only three plays of of­fense, the Tigers led by two touch­downs.

Per­haps the big­gest state­ment of the game was the Tigers’ fi­nal drive of the first half. They cov­ered 91 yards on 13 plays, be­fore Mathes found the end zone on a 17-yard con­nec­tion with Pao­letti.

A sus­tained drive like that, Marple New­town coach Chris Gick­ing said, goes a long way to­ward ce­ment­ing the Tigers as a multi-faceted team.

“Every­one knows we can throw the ball,” Gick­ing said. “But we’re pretty bal­anced. We have kids who can run the ball, a line that can block, An­thony can throw the ball, and kids who can catch the ball. When we do all four, it makes for a good team.”

“It’s awe­some, with An­thony and Coach Gick run­ning our of­fense,” Mathes said. “It’s a wide re­ceiver’s dream. Lots of throw­ing, lots of great route com­bi­na­tions, al­ways easy to get open with our line block­ing. With An­thony, we can throw all day.”

Mathes added a fourthquar­ter score, and run­ning back Jack Fal­lows (10 car­ries, 55 yards) punched one in dur­ing the third quar­ter.

Con­estoga scored its first touch­down of the sea­son mid­way through the third quar­ter, when Dante Gath­ers cor­ralled a jump ball near mid­field and turned it into an 82-yard scor­ing con­nec­tion with quar­ter­back Mike Malarkey. The Pi­o­neers struck again in the fourth, on a 1-yard plunge by Mil­ton Robin­son.

“We knew they were go­ing to come in tonight with something to prove,” Gick­ing said. “We held our own, did a lot of good things, and now we have to fo­cus on the things we need to work on.”

For­tu­nately for the Tigers, their of­fense isn’t one of them.

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