— Elliott Polakoff (@ElliottPolakoff) October 20, 2018
MERIDEN – If there were going to be any residual effects from Maloney’s first loss of the season a week earlier, they were quickly put to rest on the very first play from scrimmage Friday night.
James Tarver took a hand-off from Elliot Good and sprinted 75 yards to the house, and the Spartans were literally off and running en route to a 49-18 trouncing of Wethersfield at Falcon Field.
Tarver rushed for 146 yards on 15 carries and scored Maloney’s first three touchdowns, while Good completed 12 of 19 passes for 312 yards and three TDs as the Spartans improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the CCC.
“Our offense has that big-play capability,” said coach Kevin Frederick. “We’ve got great receivers, we’ve got some really good running backs between James and Freddie (Hidalgo), that’s a nice little balance we’ve got going.”
Hidalgo didn’t play in the first half, leaving the stage to Tarver, who took full advantage.
“He’s just an exceptional player,” Frederick said of the sophomore back. “He’s got great speed, great vision. I can’t say enough about the kid. He works hard in practice. He had a great week of practice this week. Usually, when we have great weeks of practice, the final score ends up this well.”
Wethersfield fell to 3-2 overall.
Meriden was coming off a loss to Bristol Central, a game Frederick – as well as senior tight end Jaylon Nixon – were not allowed to attend due to unsportsmanlike penalties on the sidelines the prior week.
“I’ll take full responsibility,” Frederick noted. “The unsportsmanlike conducts were on the sideline. I’m in control of the sideline, so I’m disappointed in myself that happened. There’s a lot of things that went on on the sideline, but at the end of the day, it’s my responsibility. I had to sit out and I cost my team. It’s a different game if I’m there and Jaylon’s there, for sure.”
Frederick watched the first half of Westhersfield’s game last week while his team played, but his mind was elsewhere.
“It was terrible,” he reported. “I’ve been here now for five years. I told the guys that every single day for the past five years, I think about Maloney football. It’s killed me not to be there for my guys, and then have them come home with a loss. We had to pick up the pieces. But it’s a life lesson. You’re gonna face adversity in life, and you’ve got to handle it. And we did that this week, I think. It showed tonight.”
Good spread the wealth to three different receivers, led by senior Victor Marquez, who caught six passes for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Maurice Brackett (five catches, 114 yards, one TD). Both Marquez and Bracket had 61-yard scoring connections with Good.
“We’re pretty multiple with our formations,” Frederick said. “We’ve got a lot of athletes to try to get the ball in space to our guys, let them run. It’s all about taking what the defense gives us. Tonight, I thought Elliot did a good job of that.”
““He threw the ball really well. Elliot’s hungry in practice. He works hard, stays after with his receivers, watches a ton of film, asks great questions. Just a tremendous athlete.”
Wethersfield QB Matt Silver threw three touchdown passes, two of them to Connor Pace.
In all, it was a thorough week of domination for Maloney, a week after its most disheartening game of the season.
“I’m super-proud of our seniors, they really rallied the troops,” said Frederick. “I’ve got some great senior leadership. They didn’t want the season to go the way it did last week. The only way to do that is working hard, and they did that this week.”
MALONEY 49, WETHERSFIELD 18
Wethersfield 6 12 0 0 — 18
Maloney 22 14 6 7 — 49
M — James Tarver 75 run (run failed), 11:39
W – Connor Pace 14 pass from Matt Silver (kick failed), 8:25
M — Tarver 2 run (Elijah Stevenson pass from Eliot Good), 5:23
M — Tarver 5 run (Jaylon Nixon pass from Good), 3:30
W — Pace 28 pass from Silver (pass failed), 9:54
M — Maurice Brackett 61 pass from Good (Victor Marquez pass from Good), 9;19
M — Marquez 12 pass from Good (pass failed), 4:50
W — Luke Kelleher 62 pass from Silver (pass failed), 1:40
M – Marquez 61 pass from Good (pass failed), 8:44
M – Freddie Hidalgo 20 run (Marquez kick), 9:22