Walpole downed Framingham, 34-13, Friday night thanks to the running of – who else? – Ryan Izzo.
The junior carried 17 times for 254 yards and four touchdowns. If you count his 38-yard completion on a fake punt, the reigning Globe Division 2 Player of the Year totaled 318 yards rushing, receiving, and passing.
Not a bad way to celebrate your 17th birthday. A few more notes from tonight’s game:
- The final score probably isn’t an indicator, but Framingham did a good number on the Rebels in the short passing game. The Flyers ran a plethora of underneath routes, with the biggest beneficiary being Nick Liquori (5 catches, 66 yards, 1 TD). Quarterback Dan Guadagnoli ended up with 142 yards on 15 of 25 passing, with two touchdowns and an interception.
- Guadagnoli will usually grab the attention this season, but another guy to look out for is hard-hitting tailback Abou Toure (13 carries for 62 yards, 3 catches for 44 yards).
- Last year, the Rebels dabbled in plays that snapped the ball directly to Izzo for a rollout, similar to the way Darren McFadden was used last season at Arkansas. They’ve continued with that trend this season. On my count, they did it three times last night for gains of 15, 13 and 10.
- You want to talk about elusiveness? Deceit? Get this: Izzo says he only ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds this summer at Boston College’s camp.
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