The Mystic Valley offense was in fine form Friday night as the Eagles handed KIPP a 46-8 loss at Malden Catholic.
Mystic Valley quarterback Philippe Guerrier stole the show, rushing for four touchdowns and passing for two more. Guerrier went 45 yards for a touchdown in the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage, then connected with Fred Mardy on a 38-yard scoring pass on the next drive.
“Guerrier’s a really good athlete,” KIPP coach Jim Rabbitt said. “Our edge game wasn’t strong defensively. They were tougher than us tonight, certainly. We practice tackling and wrapping up all week. We’re getting there but Mystic Valley was one step ahead of us tonight.”
KIPP responded with a scoring drive of its own, capped off by four-yard run by quarterback Kymani Morrison, who added the ensuing two-point conversion on a three-yard carry.
But the Eagles were firmly in control from that point forward. Guerrier’s 60-yard touchdown run made it 20-8, and he linked up with Isaiah Granderson on a 10-yard scoring pass soon after. Guerrier capped off his big night with two more touchdown runs (20 yards and 5 yards, respectively), and Alex Morrisette wrapped up the scoring with a 60-yard touchdown run.
KIPP, now 1-3 on the season, will look to bounce back next Friday night at Manning Field when the Panthers battle against Lynn Tech.
“They’re a big, strong, fast team,” Rabbitt said of the Tigers. “They’re the class of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference. They have two great running backs and we have to toughen up on defense if we want to get the win.”
Somerville 42, Medford 0
Jiovanny Pierre scored two touchdowns, including a 50-yard punt return, for the Highlanders, and quarterback Elijah Jeffreys also scored twice as Somerville routed Medford in a battle between former Greater Boston League teams. Fred Castin started off the game with a 38-yard touchdown run and Lucas Saint-Jean added another with a pick six at Medford’s six yard-line.
Saugus 8, Cathedral 0
Jonathan Rodriguez led the way with four goals, while Ryan Pugh added two and Josue Moreno and Gaspar Jean each scored once.
“We didn’t have any cohesion i the first have and missed many scoring chances,” said Saugus coach Larry Bolduc. “We made up for it in the second half with lots of evergy off the bench and getting more people involved in the final third. Jonathan dominated by distributing the ball very well to allow for scoring opportunities.”
The Sachems will look to stay hot as they host Winthrop Monday.
Salem 1, Fenwick 0
It was a scoreless battle for the first 77 minutes of Friday’s contest, but with three minutes to play, Salem’s Gabriel Tonini sent back his own rebound past Fenwick keeper Brian Harrington for the win. Harrington played well in net to keep the Crusaders in the game.