Senior quarterback Brendan Costa led the offense and senior linebacker Dave Silvia led the defense as the Case High School Cardinals football team responded to a loss to Diman the previous week with a resounding 33-8 victory over the Bourne Canalmen.
These two seniors played nearly flawless football as the game was more one sided than even the 25-point margin suggests. The Cardinals scored all 33 points in the first half, putting coach Palladino in a position to rest many of his starters in the second half. Bourne managed its only touchdown of the contest against the Case backups with just 1:13 left to play in the final quarter when their starting running back took it in from the 15-yard line. Palladino said, “After last week, our backs were against the wall and we responded.”
Costa opened up the scoring in the first frame as he followed solid blocks by the offensive line and sprinted into the corner for a 17 yard touchdown run. The score was set up by a 30-yard run by Costa and by 18 yards rushing by Jeremy Thiboutot on two carries. Max Furtado converted the extra point and his kickoff pinned the Canalmen down on their 11-yard line. Hard hitting tackles by Silvia, Isaac Tucker and Ty Couto, coupled with Bourne problems on the snaps, gave Case the ball on Bourne’s 28-yard line. It took the Cardinals only two plays to score as Chris Costa broke a tackle and ran the ball for nine yards, setting the table for a 19 yard touchdown run by his brother Brendan. Brendan Costa broke a tackle just past the line of scrimmage and weaved and raced his way through the defense and Furtado’s extra point gave Case a 14-0 advantage.
Bourne began their next drive on their 21-yard line but any thoughts of a sustained drive were quickly erased as Silvia delivered a crushing hit on the Canalmen quarterback for a seven-yard loss. Silvia stuffed the next running play which again resulted in Bourne punting from deep in their own territory. Case was forced to punt on a rare four and out series. Bourne’s continued their lack of offensive success as they were again unable to convert a third and long situation as pressure from linebacker Tim Silva forced an incomplete pass. Case took over on Bourne’s forty-five and it took all of one play for them to score as Costa hit the hole hard, reversed field, and raced to the corner of the end zone to extend the Case lead to 20-0 as the extra point conversion was unsuccessful.
The Canalmen appeared to stop Case’s momentum as they recovered a Brendan Costa fumble after a 19-yard run which was preceded by Devin Proulx running the ball around the end for a six-yard gain and Brendan Costa completing a seven-yard pass to Chris Costa. However, on the very next play Bourne fumbled it and Case recovered on the Bourne seven-yard line. The Cardinals had another one play scoring drive as Costa completed his hat trick, registering his third touchdown of the opening half on a seven-yard run. Case now enjoyed a 26-0 lead and got the ball back with time winding down in the half. This time, it took them all of two plays to reach the end zone as an 11 yard Thiboutot rush set up a 49-yard pass from Costa to senior receiver Nick Ventura. Ventura’s speed created clear separation from the defender and Costa threw a strike to give Case a 33-0 halftime lead following a Furtado made extra point.
Palladino pulled a number of his starters in the second half and after a couple of Ty Couto rushes, Logan Sylvester had the unenviable task of rushing the ball up the middle to keep the clock moving. The Canalmen recovered a fumble in Case territory but on fourth and six, Couto broke through and made a tackle six yards behind the line of scrimmage, creating a turnover on downs. Bourne’s late touchdown made the final score 33-8. Brendan Costa was involved in four touchdowns despite rushing the ball only five times and throwing just three passes. He ran the ball five times for 87 yards and three touchdowns and was three for three passing for 66 yards and a touchdown. Chris Costa ran the ball twice for 64 yards and a touchdown.
“Any time the Costas touch the ball, they’re a danger to go all the way. Our up-tempo offense puts athletes in space,” Palladino said.
Thiboutot had 35 yards on five carries. Ventura finished with two receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. Palladino also credited the offensive line of Silvia, Tucker, Wes Dyer, Noah Casado and Reilly Dos Anjos for stepping up and meeting his challenge of them to move the Bourne defensive line off the ball.
As impressive as the offensive stats were one of the most dominant performances of the evening was given by Silvia on the defensive side of the ball. He seemed to be in on virtually every play and spent much of his night driving Bourne players backwards.
Case improved their record to 3-1 and they host Bishop Connolly this Friday at 7 p.m.