Balanced Offense Paces The Warriors

Posted: October 21, 1991

Bristol used a well-rounded offense to overpower host Lawrence (N.J.), 33-15, in a nonleague game Saturday.

"There were two big keys," Warriors coach George Gatto said. "Our offensive line just did a good job. We had over 320 yards rushing and 76 more passing.

"Second, we played with more consistency. We made some great plays, not like in the past where we made one good play and five bad ones."

Tony Fusco led the Warriors (3-4) with 108 yards and 2 touchdowns on 9 carries. Fullback Mike Cruz had 96 yards on 13 carries. Quarterback David Wessels had 78 yards on 13 carries and was 5 for 9 in passing for 76 yards and 3 touchdowns.

"That kind of balance is very difficult to defend," Gatto said. "I was especially proud of David Wessels. It was one of the few times he has taken a varsity snap."

"He's been one of our leaders on defense all year, but today, he had to start both ways," the coach noted.

Wessels, a junior, is the third Warrior to start at quarterback this season. Sophomore Jason Eddings is sitting out with strained ligaments in his knee, and senior Noel Crespo has a broken bone in his foot. Both are expected to be sidelined for two to three more weeks.

Fusco gave the Warriors a 6-0 lead when he scored on the game-opening possession on a 70-yard run. The Cardinals (0-5) took the lead when Andy Surtz returned the next kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown, but Fusco's 5-yard scoring run in the second quarter gave the Warriors the lead for good.

A 30-yard pass from Wessels to Antonio Colon increased the Warriors' lead to 20-7 at the half.

The Warriors have a week off before they play host to Archbishop Kennedy to open Bicentennial League play.

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