Friday, September 23, 2005
By Jerome Michaels
It’s something that you would never want to see, but it’s a situation that a team must be ready for. Leading by a touchdown at Cinnaminson High School, starting quarterback Tony Santino for Holy Cross had to leave the game due to an injury. At that moment it’s time for the backup to enter the game and continue to follow the game plan without hesitation. When Tom Reilly entered the game, he was involved in the Lancers’ four touchdown explosion scored in the second quarter to ignite a Holy Cross victory. Reilly connected with Rob Deveney twice and Holy Cross would defeat Cinnaminson by a 47-7 margin.
This Burlington/Olympic National Division game watched the entire first quarter go by without any team putting any points on the scoreboard. It would be the Lancers that struck first behind starting quarterback Tony Santino. Deveney would be on the receiving end of a 20-yard touchdown reception giving Holy Cross the 7-0 lead. On their very next possession and this time Reilly calling the plays, Deveney got free and scored on a 33-yard reception to build onto their lead. That’s when the Pirates got on the scoreboard when Chris Paladino received the kickoff and returned it 79 yards for the score. On the ensuing kickoff, it was Tim Moran’s turn to the Lancers some excitement by returning the football 90 yards. Back to back kickoff returns resulted in the scoreboard showing Holy Cross’ lead of 19-7. The half would end but not before Deveney and Reilly hooked up once again from 48 yards and Holy Cross had a commanding lead at the break.
Not to be over looked, Holy Cross defense did not allow Cinnaminson to score a single touchdown from scrimmage through out this game. Reilly would connect on two second half touchdown to put this game out of reach. With the win, Holy Cross keeps pace with Paul VI and Camden Catholic in the division.