MARBLEHEAD — This one was all Marblehead from the very beginning.
Devin Romain pounced on a Gloucester football on the visiting team’s first play from scrimmage and Marblehead never looked back in a 49-0 victory at Piper Field Friday.
After Romain swiped the ball from Gloucester quarterback Sam Ciolino, Marblehead signal-caller Joshua Robertson, a sophomore, zipped a 29-yard touchdown toss to Ryan Freiberger and the Magicians were ahead for good.
Tim Cronin and Sean McCarthy scored to bring it to a three-touchdown lead at the half, and Eli Feingold was perfect on PAT kicks. The Magicians went into the locker room ahead 21-0.
The second half was more of the same. Dylan Klocker fell on a fumble, James Doody swiped a Ciolino pass and Max Podgur also recovered a fumble for the Magicians.
Marblehead didn’t waste any time taking advantage of Gloucester’s miscues. Cronin found the end zone again, this time from 10 yards away, and it was 28-0 early in the third quarter. Cronin’s touchdown was made possible by a huge catch and run by Will Twadell, who took a hitch pass from Robertson and turned on the jets for 51 yards.
AJ Russo scored his first touchdown of the season on a 28-yard pass from Robertson in the third quarter, bumping the lead to 35-0.
Cronin closed out the third quarter by running in from 33 yards out, into the end zone for another Magicians score. This one was set up by a nice catch and run along the near sideline by Romain.
Twadell came on under center in the final minutes, and took the first snap, ran right scored from 20 yards out for the final Marblehead touchdown of the game. Just like in the first half, Feingold was perfect with PAT kicks.
Cronin said it’s about getting better each week, no matter who the opposition is.
“We just need to take care of what we do, get better every week, it’s not important who we play, it’s important about how we prepare, do what the coaches say and get better every week,” Cronin said.
The Magicians (2-0) now turn the page to next Saturday’s (11) clash at Saugus (0-2). Marblehead coach Jim Rudloff likes where his team’s at but said there’s room for improvement.
“We won, but we made a lot of little mistakes, so we’ll look at the film this week and try to fix those mistakes. We’ve got a big one with Saugus next week, so we’ve got work to do,” Rudloff said.