PITTSFIELD -- Quarterback Chad Shade threw for two touchdown passes and ran for another to key Pittsfield High School’s 30-0 win over Burke High School of Dorchester.
"They’re a very physical team, a lot like us," said Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski of Burke. "For the second week in a row, we made some mistakes, but overall, I’m proud of my kids."
The Generals took the opening kickoff and went 52 yards in nine plays, which culminated in Shade’s two-yard touchdown run.
"We came right out and scored, and I think that was key," said Shade. "We took control of the game right away."
Burke, behind their superb quarterback, Justin Davis, came right back. The Bulldogs marched 50 yards to the PHS 14-yard line in 10 plays. But on fourth and seven, the Generals’ Dom Traversa knocked away a Davis pass intended for Brandon Newell to end the threat.
In the second quarter, Tucker picked off a Davis pass at the Burke 43. It took four plays for Shade to hit Tucker, this time on offense, for another touchdown.
"I think he’s the best player in the county," said Shade of Tucker. "I try to get the ball to him any way I can."
Down 14-0, Davis tried to bring Burke back. He engineered a 12-play, 48-yard drive to the PHS 18.
On second and 14, Davis dropped back again, and again, his pass was picked off by Tucker.
"Our defense came up big tonight," said Jezewski. "Burke moved the ball, but we made some key stops."
Pittsfield applied the crusher in the third quarter. Taking over at their own 44, the Generals slowly moved to the Burke 9-yard line in 12 plays. There, Shade dropped back again and hit Evan Bossio for a nine-yard score and a three-touchdown lead.
Tyler Cataldi led all rushers with 68 yards on 13 carries for the Generals. Traversa added 57 yards on seven carries. Davis had 48 yards on 18 carries for the visitors.
Burke 0 0 0 0--0
Pittsfield 6 8 8 8-- 30
P -- Chad Shade 2 run (run failed), 7:52
P -- Devon Tucker 35 pass from Shade (Tyler Cataldi run), 8:32
P -- Evan Bossio 9 pass from Shade (Shade run), 2:31
P -- Cataldi 15 run (Tucker pass from Shade), 0:25
First downs 13 7
Rush-att-yds 36-268 30-80
Passing yds 73 14
Att-comp-int 4-8-0 1-7-2
Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties 4-40 3-35
Rushing -- Pittsfield: Alex Teichert 2-21, Chad Shade 9-18, Dom Traversa 7-57, Tyler Cataldi 13-68, Devon Tucker 5-43. Burke: Justin Davis 18-48, Brandon Newell 6-26, Nes Bassette 6-6.
Passing --Pittsfield: Shade 4-8-0. Burke: Davis 1-7-2
Receiving --Pittsfield: Tucker 2-48, Bossio 2-26.