EASTCHESTER John Arcidiacono has a last name well-suited for a nickname anyway, but when he’s playing this well and scoring this often, it become a necessity.
The Eastchester quarterback, known best as “Johnny Arch,” showed Saturday that even cold, wind and rain could slow him down. Arcidiacono rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two others as the Eagles celebrated homecoming with a 31-7 victory over previously unbeaten Pearl River.
Arcidiacono had rushed for 183 yards and factored in all four touchdowns by the time Eastchester led 25-0 at the half. He added his second scoring pass to senior Andrew Schultz early in the third quarter as the Eagles improved to 5-0 for the first time since they started 8-0 in 2007.
“I’ve been playing with Johnny since I was a little kid. This is nothing new to me,” Schultz said. “The kid has been playing great football since he was a little kid. Honestly, it’s just a normal thing.”
Arcidiacono led two scoring drives during a dominant first quarter that staked Eastchester to a 12-0 lead and seemed to demoralize Pearl River, which ran just three of the first 26 plays of the game.
“With two 4-0 teams coming in, we knew we had to get off to a great start and we did,” Arcidiacono said. “We had those long drives. We just came out fired up.”
Player of the game: John Arcidiacono, Eastchester. The senior quarterback had 14 carries for 192 yards and three touchdowns and finished 6 for 13 for 148 yards and two scores. Arcidiacono had amassed all but 54 of those yards by halftime as the Eagles built a 25-0 lead.
Turning point: After opening the game with a 13-play, 76-yard drive, Eastchester saw its defense stop Pearl River in three plays. The Eagles then marched 87 yards in 10 plays to take a 12-0 lead. All told, they ran 23 of the first 26 plays of the game and prevented Pearl River’s offense from regaining possession until early in the second quarter.
Stat line: All of Arcidiacono’s six completions and 148 passing yards went to Schultz, who caught touchdowns of 29 and 45 yards. … Arcidiacono had rushing touchdowns of 5, 6 and 67 yards. … Eastchester outgained Pearl River 430-191, including 294-46 in the first half. … John Farley had a team-high 86 yards rushing for the Pirates. James McKiernan scored their only touchdown on an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Quotable: “It’s a great accomplishment, but it really means nothing,” Schultz said of the 5-0 start. “We know what our goal is. Next week, we’re going to play Hen Hud. We’re focused on that, one game at a time, but our goal is to get to the Section 1 final.”