FOOTBALL: Brother Rice's Hail Mary Lifts Them To A 26-24 Win Over De La Salle |
BERKELY - "This was one of the greatest wins in program history," said Brother Rice head coach Al Fracassa. "I don't know how we won the game. This was one of the most fantastic finishes I've ever witnessed as a football coach."
That's saying a lot, coming from someone who has been coaching for over 50 years, and who has won eight state titles. Much like his players and coaching staff were, Fracassa was shocked and emotional after Brother Rice's 26-24 victory over De La Salle.
The Warriors trailed for majority of the game, and overcame a 14-point deficit, icluding heroics in the final seconds by junior quarterback Alex Malzone and senior Jason Alessi to pull off the victory. De La Salle jumped off to an early lead and had Brother Rice on the ropes all night.
Quarterback Giovanni Rescigno scored on a quarterback sneak on the Pilots first drive from a yard out early in the first quarter. Then Rescigno duplicated the play, this time with 11:56 left before the half, to put De LaSalle up 14-0. Brother Rice had no answer for Rescigno in the rushing game as he tallied 107 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.
After dominating teams in their first three games of the season, this looked like a totally different Brother Rice team early on. Brother Rice would