Saturday October 13, 2012

LEE -- The one-two punch of Tank Roberson and Lavante Wiggins ran wild on Lee High School, as the St. Joseph’s football team romped over the Wildcats, 48-14.

Roberson rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns, while Wiggins tacked on 140 yards on the ground, twice finding the end zone.

Roberson also took the second half’s opening kickoff 80 yards for a score to ice the game early for St. Joe’s.

With the win, the Crusaders (4-1) kept pace with undefeated Mount Greylock, setting up a showdown next Friday between the two for first place in the county.

"We’re both in the position we wanted to be at this point in the season," said St. Joe’s coach Gary Bianchi. "We’ll need another performance like tonight’s against Greylock."

A performance fueled by a quick strike offense that never let up. On St. Joe ‘s third play from scrimmage, Roberson sprinted 62 yards to the Lee end zone. The senior running back also had scores of 28 and 52 yards -- the latter coming as time ran out in the first half.

Toss in a 5-yard scamper by Wiggins, and St. Joe’s led 26-0, a rare commanding lead at intermission, according to Roberson.

"Our focus was to come out strong in the first half," he said. "A lot of times we’ve been a second-half team."

While Lee played better last week against unbeaten Greylock, Wildcats coach Keith Thomson knew St. Joe’s would be a tougher opponent.


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"Defensively, we just weren’t a good matchup with [St. Joe’s]," Thomson pointed out. "We knew their speed would give us trouble."

The lone bright spot for Lee was Jared Kirchner catching a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, one from starting quarterback Deaglan Giarolo and the other from backup QB Cam Abderhalden.

During Lee’s post-game huddle, Thomson worked to get his team focused on the rest of the season -- all on the road.

"We have three more games, three more opportunities to play well," he said. "I told my guys not to quit."