Seminary routed by Peddie School
KINGSTON — The Peddie School likes to utilize the uptempo spread offense.
That was surely on display as quarterback Allan Walters threw for 331 yards and five touchdowns in leading the Falcons to a 62-0 victory over Wyoming Seminary on Saturday afternoon at Nesbitt Memorial Field.
Leading the way for the Falcons were Maurice Bellan, who caught five passes for 129 yards and two TDs; Marlyn Johnson, who caught five passes for 123 yards and two scores; and Julian Leslie, who chipped in with six catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.
“I thought that we played well today” Peddie coach Chris Malleo said. “We are improving each and every week.”
It didn’t take the Falcons long to put points on the board. On their third play from scrimmage, Christopher Chukwuneke took a handoff and raced 25 yards up the middle for the score.
After forcing a Wyoming Seminary punt, the Falcons needed seven plays to cover 75 yards. Key in the drive was a 28-yard pass from Walters to Bellan to keep the drive alive. It was the same combination from Walters to a wide-open Bellan with a 38-yard scoring pass.
Following another Blue Knight punt, Bellan hauled in a Walters pass over the middle of the field, Bellan made a juke move to his left and scampered untouched 36 yards for the score.
On Wyoming Seminary’s next play from scrimmage, linebacker Javar Garrett stepped in front of a screen pass and bolted 35 yards to the house.
Chukwuneke ended the first period of play for the Peddie School as he took a handoff 18 yards for the Falcon touchdown.
Midway through the second period, Walters hit Leslie with a 43-yard scoring pass down the left sideline.
Once again the Blue Knights were forced to punt the ball away. Walters hit a wide-open Johnson from 38 yards out for the Falcon score.
Late in the period the Peddie School embarked on a five-play, 50 yard drive. On a third and 5, Johnson hauled in a 37 yard pass from Walters to keep the Falcon drive alive. Two plays later, Walters hit Johnson with an 8-yard fade pass in the end zone to end the first half.
Bellan ended the scoring for the game as he took a handoff and dashed 69 yards for the Falcons touchdown.
“We have a group of kids that love Wyoming Seminary and each other,” Sem coach Jim Anderson said. “Starting with the coaches, and the players, we need to identify ways that we need to improve for us to compete at this level.”
Wyoming Seminary’s Donte Shanghie loses Peddie’s Tessama Haskins during Saturday’s game.