In Leominster Massachusetts, on October 30, 2015, the Leominster Blue Devils and the Saint John’s Pioneers of Shrewsbury battled it out on the football field resulting in an exciting 47-35 win for the Blue Devils to clinch a home field advantage for playoffs.
In the first quarter Leominster had a 21-0 lead over Saint John’s. Leominster’s head coach Dave Palazzi talks about his defense “they had some huge stops that kept us going and want to continue to play hard, I hope we preform like this next week too.”
Palazzi explains how everyone worked hard for this game because they knew it was going to determine the playoffs. “Everyone put in 110 percent all week at practice. We had to beat them there was no other option.”
“We will just have to work hard at practice. We will watch film and see where we can improve and what can stay the same. We just need to pull through next week and get Saint Johns out of playoffs. I believe we can if we work hard enough.”
Coach Palazzi gives a lot of credit to Anthony Dandini a junior fullback and middle linebacker and junior quarter back Noah Gray. Gray passed 196 yards and ran 38 while Dandini ran 55 yards. He also had three rushing scores and a thirteen-yard touchdown from Gray.
Dandini talks about how important playoffs are. “We are very excited to be in playoffs, our team is really strong and motivated this year. We are very focused and all want to end it right. I have a feeling we will.”
On Friday they will be hosting Saint Johns again in the first round of playoffs. Dandini said “in order to beat them again we need to work hard all week at practice and just come ready to play.” He has no doubt that Palazzi will work them hard.
Spectator Steven Mammone says “This is always a hard team to beat, the games are always close between Saint Johns and us. The boys worked hard and it paid off.” Mammone has watched these boys grow up. Being an elementary principle he has been able to watch them grow. “Its really cool to see how much they grow up. All the kids at my school look up to them. Its really an awesome thing.”
“Palazzi will keep those boys in line. He knows how to make them work hard. I have no doubt that they will win next week.”