Jim Thorpe rolls over Marian
Jim Thorpe’s Derrick Beckham sprints away from Marian’s Jared Spalti during Friday night’s game. At right is the Olympians. Nick Trovarello. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
CJ Selby has shown that he can be a workhorse.
Selby rushed for over 200 yards and scored three touchdowns in Jim Thorpe’s 28-0 win over Schuylkill Haven in the season opener a week ago.
But the Olympians have plenty of other playmakers. And they were on display in Friday night’s home opener.
Jim Thorpe showed its strength in numbers, as five different players found the end zone in a 56-0 victory over Marian.
Selby had another big game, scoring four touchdowns and rushing for over 100 yards, while quarterback Roberto Santiago had a scoring strike and piled up over 200 yards with his arm and legs.
“Performing, as a team, I thought we did amazing,” Selby said. “Especially with Roberto. Roberto took plays that I thought were broken, and ended up breaking them for 60-plus yards.
“I’ve seen kids carry the ball tonight that I wouldn’t have expected to carry the ball, breaking big runs. So it just shows that we can work together as a team, and it’s not just all one person.”
The Olympians (2-0) showed balance with their firepower. Their first four scores came from four different players.
A 56-yard screen pass from Santiago to Jarrin Geisinger on Jim Thorpe’s first offensive play of the game set the tone. Scores from Selby (10 yards), Dominic Madera (14 yards) and Austin Williams (one yard) gave the Olympians a 28-0 lead midway through the second periodr.
Selby’s second touchdown of the game, this one from 4 yards out with 32 seconds left in the first half, made it 34-0.
“That’s the nice part about our offense, I think we have the ability to spread the ball around,” said Jim Thorpe head coach Mark Rosenberger. “Obviously, CJ was our workhorse last week, and he was tonight in many ways as well.
“But you saw Geisinger really step up as well tonight; you Santiago scrambling, which gives us another dimension offensively.”
Santiago, who finished with 133 yards rushing and 112 passing, used his legs on Jim Thorpe’s second drive of the game to break off a 77-yard run on third-and-five to setup Selby’s 10-yard score.
“It’s amazing,” said Santiago. “It helped us this week, because we wanted to pass, and they had their linebackers just blitzing so I just stepped up and did what I had to do.”
The Olympians scored on all eight of their possessions in the game and finished with 571 yards of offense.
“I think that our ability to spread the ball around to our athletes is the key to our success,” said Rosenberger. “And hopefully we can keep on working everybody in. “
Selby rushed for 134 yards rushing and hit the end zone twice in the second half, once from 41 yards out. The second was a 58-yard score on third-and-four that started with Selby stopped at the line before he bounced away.
“They have a real nice team,” said Colts head coach Pat Morgans. “It’s not only their skill kids; that line is really something. And I’ll tell you Santiago did a great job tonight. He really threw a nice ball.
“They’re the complete package. They’re gonna be a tough team to beat. Whoever beats them has to be a really, really good team. They’re well-coached, and they’ve got a lot of weapons. You can’t defend against one athlete; you gotta defend the run, you gotta defend the pass, and then you put that line up front, and what do you do?”
A 29-yard score from freshman Brandon Fasolino and two-point conversion run by Keegan McCartney late in the fourth quarter set the final tally.
OUT OF ACTION … Senior standout Colin Jacobs was held out of Jim Thorpe’s lineup after tweaking something during warmups. Rosenberger praised TJ Garritano who filled in for Jacobs. The Olympian coach said Jacobs should return next week.
SWARMING … The Olympians’ Red Swarm defense has pitched two shutouts to start the season. Jim Thorpe held Marian (0-2) to 95 yards of total offense.
ATTENDING … A paid-attendance of 783 was announced for the game.