SUDBURY, Mass. -- In the third quarter of the Division 4 semifinal, all 6-foot-5, 310 pounds of Shawsheen’s David Summiel labored from the defensive huddle to the sidelines and questioned an assistant coach.
“Coach, why’d you take me out?!” Summiel exhaled.
“Because we need you to keep killing them on offense!” answered Shawsheen assistant coach Chuck Baker.
Shortly after, Summiel ran back in to play offensive tackle and anchor another Shawsheen touchdown drive, as the Rams cruised to a 21-0 victory over Madison Park on Tuesday night in Sudbury.
The Shawsheen offense had its way with Madison Park, as running back Andrew Dascoli ran the ball 18 times for 118 yards in the ball game. Although Dascoli did not score in the game, he paced the offense and was the key to the game -- however, he pointed the credit elsewhere.
“Basically, it was all [our offensive] line,” Dascoli answered when asked about his success. “It was what it's like in any game: passing, running, we have to play based on the line.”
The offensive line, led by Summiel and Zachary Teal, opened the holes for both Dascoli and running back Steven Reynolds, but the defensive line did not slump either.
Summiel played right tackle and left end for the Rams and stopped a flood of Madison defenders in his wake. The defense didn't allow a point to Madison Park, making it four shutouts in a row.
“Defense wins championships,” Shawsheen head coach Al Costabile said after the game.
“He’s definitely the main man on the line,” Dascoli said of Summiel. “No doubt about that. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t think we’d be able to run it as strong.”
Shawsheen started off scoring in the game with a 6-yard pass from Ryan Woolaver to Derek Bent in the first quarter. In the second they tacked on another touchdown via a Reynolds run, and up 14-0 at half, the Rams did not look back.
Reynolds ended the game with 13 carries for 106 yards and one touchdown.
The longest play of the game was a 61-yard rush by Madison Park’s Isaiah White in the second quarter. White found room on the right side of the line and broke two tackles before sprinting down the Cardinals’ sideline.
The Cardinals were clearly frustrated with the lack of success on offense and imploded in the second half. In the fourth quarter quarterback Ely Plaza was benched after throwing a pass high to one of his wide receivers and was replaced by freshman Sochika Nzerem.
After that, things started to get chippy.
Shawsheen’s Costabile complained to the referees multiple times about shots to his players’ knees, and at one point threatened to not shake hands with the opposing team. However after the game -- and a Shawsheen victory -- Costabile greeted Madison Park, and was happy with the win.
“We pride ourselves in being able to run the football, play defense and play special teams,” Costabile said. “We put it all together tonight, and that is what we needed as far to get to the next step.”
Costabile also said that he had a lot of faith in his offensive line to move the opponents. It was evident on Tuesday night that his group -- especially Summiel -- could do it successfully.
“I never want to get out of the game, I always want to be in,” Summiel said. “It’s like home out there.”
Luckily for Summiel, he and his Rams will be back “home” on Saturday as they face Blue Hills in the Division 4 State Super Bowl.
S 7 7 7 0 S 21
M 0 0 0 0 M 0
S - Bent 6 pass from Woolaver (Devonn Pratt kick)
S - Reynolds 1 run (Pratt kick)
S - Woolaver 1 run (Pratt kick)