EASTCHESTER – What happens when John Arcidiacono is given an inch?
The elusive quarterback ran for 256 yards and one touchdown Saturday, helping Eastchester post a resounding 51-27 win over John Jay in a Section 1 Class A quarterfinal game. He also threw for 138 yards and three scores.
Talk about having a fantasy game.
“I don’t think I’d be able to tackle him, I’ll be honest,” said Eagles running back John Guido, who picked up 127 yards and three touchdowns. “He’s so good at making people miss.”
Eastchester finished with 595 yards of total offense.
“Players make plays and we have some that are making plays,” Eagles coach Fred DiCarlo said. “If they’re not, we’re going to have a hard time winning. The leaders on the team are being leaders. They just want to win. They don’t care about the stats, they really don’t. If they put up yards, great. If they get nothing, they’re happy as long as we get the win.”
Arcidiancono opened the game with an 80-yard touchdown strike to Andrew Schultz, and the Eagles tacked on a two-point conversion.
There was a sudden mood shift, though, when Kyle Edelman brought the ensuing kick all the way back for a touchdown. Guido punctuated each of the next two Eastchester drives with touchdown plunges from a yard out.
A hectic pace kept things interesting for a time.
When the first quarter ended, the Eagles, were sitting on a 29-14 lead.
“We put that opening play in at the beginning of the week, and we stuck with the plan,” Arcidiacono said. “We really wanted to come out hot and get the momentum. And when they came back with the kickoff return, we had to settle down and work hard the rest of the game.”
Player of the game: It’s not Guido, who powered into the end zone three times. It’s not Schultz, who made a trio of touchdown grabs. Arcidiacono set up all of that offense, then deflected the credit.
“The offensive line sets me up to make those moves and that’s why we’re doing so well right now,” he said.
Turning point: Schultz had to hold up for a second when a pass from Arcidiacono deflected off a John Jay defensive back. He played the carom perfectly, turning a timely bounce into a 43-yard TD reception. Aiden Clemente added the PAT, giving the Eagles a 29-14 cushion.
Stat line: Eastchester scored on each of its first six possessions. … Arcidiacono completed three passes, and Schultz caught each one. … John Jay quarterback Hunter Keech had 17 carries for 123 yards and one touchdown.
Quotable: “We haven’t seen them play one game, but we’re going to go to work tomorrow,” DiCarlo said of next week’s opponent, Lourdes. “We know their program is great. Being the preseason No. 11 seed, playing with the big boys, we’re going to try to crash the party.”