Despite strong first half, Joseph Case football falters to Seekonk – Fall River Herald News

  • October 29, 2022

SWANSEA — Fresh off its win in Week 7, the Joseph Case football team looked to make it two straight at home on Friday against league opponent Seekonk.
Surprisingly enough, the young undermanned Cardinals were primed for the upset after two quarters.
That’s when the visiting Warriors woke up and said enough is enough.
Despite fighting hard all night, Case ran out of gas in the second half as Seekonk scored 24 unanswered points and came away with a 32-6 victory at Cardinal Stadium on the campus of Joseph Case High School.
“I couldn’t be more prouder of what we did tonight,” Case head coach Anthony Palladino said. “Obviously, we did not get the win and we’re disappointed. But we fought hard.”
The Cardinals (1-6; 1-2 in SCC) started five freshmen to begin the game but went toe-to-toe with a very tough Warrior squad, who boast one of the best Massachusetts high school offensive linemen in Division I Stonehill College bound senior Josh Trojano.
“He’s probably the best offensive lineman I’ve seen in person,” Palladino said about Trojano. “He’s that good.”
Holding to just an 8-6 halftime lead, Seekonk (4-3; 2-1 in SCC) turned it up a notch in the second half.
A pair of touchdowns by senior Jaden Arruda and score by Christopher Amaral broke open a close game for a comfortable margin for the Warriors.
“The first half was not the kind of football that we play,” Seekonk head coach Jason Azulay said. “We gave Fairhaven a really good game last week so I think there was a little bit of a hangover from that game. It showed in the first half offensively.
“The second half the kids responded exactly how I wanted them to. We got down to what we do and they got after it. Big win today.”
Case’s lone touchdown came in the second quarter right before halftime, when junior quarterback Jack Orton hooked up with talented wide receiver Angelo Ciallella from 37 yards out to cut the score to 8-6.
“We decided to go for the score and stay in the game,” Orton said. “Coach drew something up and it worked. Angelo [Ciallella] made the catch and a great play. We tried and carry over last week’s win. We did for the first half but lost it in the second half. But we fought hard.”
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Palladino was certainly proud of his team’s effort for 60 minutes.
“We were a little outmanned and they leaned on us a little bit,” he said. “They wore us down but we brought everything we could to the table. As a coach, I couldn’t be more happy for that. I’m proud to call myself their coach.”
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