NORTH ANDOVER — Noble and Greenough didn’t have an answer for Brooks quarterback Andrew Konovalchik in the first half, allowing the North Andover resident to rush for 102 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. But, the story read much differently in the second half.
The Nobles defense clamped down Brooks’ offensive line, sacking Konovalchik three times, shutting out the Green and White en route to a 32-14 win.
“We needed to have more guys around the ball,” said first-year Brooks head coach Patrick Foley, whose club is now 1-1. “In the first half we did a better job of doing that, but I think in the second half we got worn down a bit. They’re a big, strong, tough team and they’re obviously hard to play against. They have a lot of size and we stuck with them well in the first half but in the second half we just got worn down.”
Hulking Nobles running back John Keally (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) was held relatively in check by the Green and White, rushing for 97 yards on 13 carries but he picked up 64 of those yards on just two plays.
“He’s a tough runner,” Foley said. “He’s a hard guy to get down so you really need to get a lot of bodies on him to take him down and that’s where we struggled in the second half especially.”
Konovalchik, who also starts at safety, finished with 126 yards on 16 carries and junior running back Chris Cervizzi ran for 70 yards on 18 touches.
“Andrew is a tough kid and we ask a lot of him,” said Foley. “You saw him really take some hits today but he keeps on getting back up. We ask a lot of him running the ball with him as much as we do but he’s a talented player, he’s fearless and he’s really tough.” Brooks travels to St. George’s Saturday.
Nobles 32, Brooks 14
Nobles (2-0): 13 0 13 6 — 32
Brooks (1-1): 7 7 0 0 — 14
B — Andrew Konovalchik 3 run (Geoff Fulgione kick), 10:51
N — John Keally 6 run (George Loring kick), 4:16
N — John McCarthy 65 run (kick missed), 1:27
B — Konovalchik 5 run (Fulgione kick), 8:25
N — George Loring 25 pass from Ryan Vultaggio (pass failed), 9:15
N — Vultaggio 2 run (Loring kick), 0:42
N — Vultaggio 26 run (kick failed), 5:04
RUSHING: Brooks (38-202) — Andrew Konovalchik 16-126, Chris Cervizzi 18-70, Nolan LeBlanc 1-3, Geoff Fulgione 1-0, Coy Candelario 2-3; Nobles (26-176) — John Keally 13-97, Ryan Vultaggio 13-79.
PASSING: Brooks — Andrew Konovalchik 0-9-2, 0; Nobles — Ryan Vultaggio 9-21-0 187
RECEIVING: Nobles — John McCarthy 7-146, George Loring 1-25, Denery Noone 1-16.