One week after opening the season with a 42-6 rout of Pope John XXIII, the Chelsea High varsity football team served notice that the debut gem was no fluke by polishing off Brighton High, 38-6. The game was every bit as lopsided as the final score would indicate, if not more. Chelsea scored the first 38 points of the game and did not surrender a point until late in the third quarter, when most of the team’s starters had taken a seat to watch the reserves finish the game.
Troy Crossley capped Chelsea’s first drive of the game with a 6-yard touchdown, and quarterback Nelson Molina added another score later in the quarter when he broke free for a 41-yard run.
The Red Devils blew the game wide open before halftime with 17 second-quarter points, starting with a 20-yard run by Molina. Minutes later, Dan Martinez stomped into the endzone on a two-yard run, which was followed by a successful rush for a two-point conversion by Crossley. Juan Martinez kicked a 35-yard field goal late in the quarter to put Chelsea ahead, 31-0 going into the half.
Chelsea wasted no time after the break. After receiving the kick-off to open the half, the Red Devils marched across the field and scored on a 13-yard run by Dan Martinez. Juan Martinez kicked the extra point to cap the scoring for Chelsea. It was the third extra-point of the game, and seventh of the season for Martinez, who has emerged as a crucial weapon for the Chelsea’s special teams unit.
“He has a strong leg,” head coach Mike Stellato said of his kicker. “We’re confident in him. We feel that if we get the ball to the 25, he can make the kick.”
As superb as Chelsea’s offense has been in the first two games, its defense has been every bit as effective. Opponents have scored only 12 points in total and have yet to score on Chelsea’s starting ‘D. Stellato praised the team’s new defensive coordinator, Lee Miller, for making sure that the players have been well-prepared and well-coached in each of the first two games.
On the field, the team has gotten outstanding defensive play from linebackers David Cortes and Dan Martinez, defensive end Felix Torres, cornerback Juan Martinez and versatile threat Justin Saez, who has played multiple positions on the front seven.
“I think we’ve started off pretty well,” said Stellato. “We’ve had to good weeks of practicing and preparing for opponents. We’re a team who doesn’t rely on just one or two guys. We felt pretty good about ourselves going into the preseason – we felt we’re definitely a team that can compete for a conference title, but we have a long way to go.”
The Red Devils will try to extend their start to 3-0 on Friday when they play at home against Greater Lowell.
Boys & Girls
Chelsea High’s boys and girls cross-country teams swept their respective tri-meets last Wednesday and now each possess a 3-0 record.
The girls left Northeast Metro RVT in the dust, 15-46, and edged out Greater Lowell, 24-31. Greater Lowell had two of the top three finishes in the race at Admiral’s Hill, but Chelsea took the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th spots to pull out the win. Suzanne Mixalixen led the Chelsea runners, finishing second overall with a time of 24:14. Jesenia Contreras (24:47), Anelsa Beqo (25:59). Tien-Ly Che (26:20) and Karen Zulaga (26:31) took the 4-7 spots, in that order.
Meanwhile, the boys team won by razor-thin margins against both opponents, beating Northeast, 26-30, and barely slipping past Greater Lowell by a single point at 27-28. The boys got personal best times from each of their top runners, and needed every split second to sweep the tri-meet.
Ugo Cvjetan took the top overall spot with a time of 17:48, while Cesar Hernandez, at 18:57, was the only other Chelsea boy to finish in the top five. Other high finishers for Chelsea included Santos Hernandez (6th place, 19:50), Luis Hernandez (12th, 20:51), Brandon Rath (15th, 21:24) and Jaime Aguilar (17th, 21:43) who beat his previous best by a full 69 seconds.
The cross-country squads were scheduled to compete in another tri-meet at Admiral’s Hill on Wednesday with both teams set to run against Whittier Tech and Mystic Valley.
The boys soccer Devils remain unbeaten at 4-0 after a close win over Lynn Tech on Monday. Chelsea led by 1-0 at the half thanks to an early, unassisted goal by Omelio McNeish. After missing a handful of opportunities to extend the lead in the first, the Red Devils pounced on the Tigers and made it 3-0 early in the second half, thanks to a goal by Carlos Martinez and McNeish’s second score of the game.
Just when it appeared that Chelsea would roll to another easy win, Lynn Tech gained momentum and struck back with a pair of goals in the last 20 minutes of the game. The Tigers continued to attack, but Chelsea goalie Norlis Torres came up with some key saves in the final minutes that allowed the Red Devils to hold on for a 3-2 win.
The Red Devils were scheduled to play at Minuteman Tech on Wednesday and will play a rematch against Brighton High – whom they defeated, 4-1 on September 14 – on Monday.
The girls soccer Devils lost a tough, 1-0 decision to North Shore Tech on September 16 despite an outstanding defensive effort from Naomi Mejia, Luz Lopez and Yury Morales. Victoria Perez made a handful of stellar saves in goal, and held North Shore Tech at bay save for a first-half goal that proved to be the game-winner.
The Red Devils bounced back on Tuesday with a 4-1 win over Minuteman Tech. Mejia led the way with a pair of goals, and senior captain Elsi Cruz scored with an assist from sophomore Elsa Nunez. Chelsea also got a score form Katarin Romero. The team once again benefited from strong play in the net by Perez and freshman Cindy Cruz.
Chelsea is now 2-2 and will play at home today against Mystic Valley.