Nativity keeps playoff hopes alive, dominates Bucktail
Defense has been a problem all year for the Green Wave, allowing 60+ points in two out of the last three weeks. That was not the case in Friday night’s contest, as the Green Wave captured a shutout against All American Conference foe Bucktail (0-8 0-2). The Green Wave “D” allowed just 169 total yards of offense as the cruise past Bucktail 34-0.
The Green Wave “D” would force 5 Bucktail turnovers including 3 interceptions. Two of which by sophomore linebacker Tristian Shellhammer.
The Nativity (4-5 4-1) offense set the tone early scoring on their first drive, the familiar connection of Dominic Piccioni to Jeff Yordy found the end zone from three yards away giving the Green Wave an early 7-0 lead.
A solid punt return would set the Nativity offense up with great field position and they would take advantage of it. The first play of the drive found pay dirt as Piccioni found Yordy again this time from 26 yards away making the score 14-0.
Nativity would find the scoreboard again before the first quarter buzzer sounded as Jeff Yordy took the handoff 89 yards and found the end zone yet again as the Green Wave had a commanding 21-0 lead after one quarter.
Midway through the second quarter the Green Wave would find the end zone again as Piccioni found Yordy again this time from 20 yards away making the score 28-0. The score would remain the same as the teams entered the locker rooms.
A 23 yard run from Piccioni would put Nativity’s last touchdown on the board making the score 34-0.
Nativity’s Jeff Yordy continues to fill up the stat sheet, Yordy would end up leading the team in rushing and receiving. The senior wide out had 8 catches for 127 yards and three receiving touchdowns. He also had 3 rushes for 127 yards and one rushing touchdown.
Nativity quarterback Dominic Piccioni let only 2 passes fall incomplete as he completed 11 out of 13 passes for 159 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 10 times for 59 yards and scored touchdown.
Senior Jeff Yordy gave his thoughts on the game;
“We knew they were going to run some trick plays offensively. So as a defense we had to stay patient and not always bite on the run. We came out and played our game offensively and did what we had to do to get the win.”
The Green Wave rekindle an old rivalry next week as they take battle with Minersville (2-7 2-7 AFL). This is a must win situation for the Green Wave if they want to play in the postseason.
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