Drury football team beats Lee
NORTH ADAMS -- This game could have been called the What Might Have Been Bowl.
Drury scored 21 first-quarter points and went on to beat Lee 42-28 Saturday afternoon.
For the Blue Devils, it was their second straight win and the second straight time they have gone over 30 points. It was also the most points scored by Lee all year, and as many as they had scored in the last four games combined.
"We definitely had the potential" to do this, Drury quarterback Nolan Bird said. "It's just whether or not we came out and played. The past couple of games, we've been coming out and giving our best, and getting the victories."
Bird had lots of help. Jose Melendez rushed for a game-high 139 yards on 14 carries with two first-quarter touchdowns. His 61-yard TD romp on Drury's fourth offensive play set the tone of the game. Melendez also scored on a nine-yard run on Drury's second possession.
Alex Bush, meanwhile, ran for 100 yards on 12 carries. He scored on touchdown runs of 17 and seven yards.
It was far and away the best offensive performance for the Wildcats all year.
Junior quarterback Deaglan Giarolo put up big time numbers for the Wildcats. Giarolo was 15 for 28 for a career-high 272 yards and four touchdowns. Lee coach Keith Thomson was asked if those kind of numbers went back to the Jeff Puleri years and Thomson said he wasn't sure.
"Our coach had us running over their defensive looks all week in practice. He had a good game plan to get our receivers open," said Giarolo. "Our receivers ran great routes. We had some opportunities to claw back into it, but we came up a little bit short."
Giarolo found Jared Kirchner on touchdowns of 17 and 33 yards. Giarolo threw three of his touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. Tom Duffin caught one of 39 yards, Nick Sitzer caught a seven-yard pass and Kirchner's second TD pass came in the fourth quarter. Sitzer had a game-high seven catches for 76 yards.
The Blue Devils scored the first three times they had the ball. The first drive took three plays. Melendez got a handoff on first down at the Drury 39, went around the right end and beat the Wildcat defense to the end zone 61 yards away. Drury recovered a Wildcat fumble on the Lee 34 and Melendez scored six plays later.
In fact, Drury needed to march no more than 55 yards on five of the six touchdowns it scored.
From here, it's off to rivalry weekend against Hoosac Valley next week. The Blue Devils have to feel good about bringing a winning streak into the game.
"Like I told them, there's nothing better than a Drury-Hoosac game, no matter what the record is," Drury coach Bill Bryce said. "They're going to enjoy this for tonight and come back Monday, ready to go."
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