Jordan Williams entered Monday night’s football game against Bayside High School with a simple task in mind.
The Frank W. Cox defensive end ignored the hype built around the anticipated match between two undefeated Beach rivals.
“There was a lot of talk about this game,” he said. “I just wanted to cause a disturbance.”
Williams caused a nightmare.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior set the tone for a swarming Falcons defense that shutout the host Marlins 20-0.
Williams finished with two sacks, three batted balls, four quarterback hurries and two tackles for loss of yards. His relentless attack on Bayside’s offensive line kept Marlins quarterback Donte Lampley on his heels and out of rhythm all game.
“He makes defense fun,” Cox coach Bill Stachelski said of Williams. “He’s ferocious — always getting to the ball. Tonight was probably his best game in terms of pressuring the quarterback and being all over the field.”
On the other side of the ball for the Falcons (5-0), running back Matt DeMasi ran all over the field.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior rushed for a game-high 150 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. While the Marlins’ main priority was to slow down Cox quarterback Cole Johnson (5 of 12 passing for 94 yards, one touchdown), they had no answer for DeMasi.
“He just needed a crease and he’ll make a no-gain into a something gain,” Stachelski said of his co-captain. “He’s tough as nails and tough to bring down. He doesn’t have the breakaway speed, but Matt is going to find a seam if it’s there, like he did tonight. ”
On defense, DeMasi, also the safety, led a ball-hawking secondary with an interception in the third quarter.
Cox junior A.J. Smith reeled-in Johnson’s lone touchdown pass on a relatively slow passing attack. The Falcons’ offense was held scoreless in the second half, but Stachelski’s defense caused no worries.
Bayside (4-1) entered Monday night with the district’s second-highest scoring offense but appeared lost against the Falcons’ second-best scoring defense.
Lampley was held to 116 yards on 9 of 21 passing with two interceptions. Bayside’s number one receiver, Phillip Patterson, was held in check. Junior wide receiver Richard Smith III hauled in a quiet seven catches for 110 yards.
“We just came ready to play,” Williams said after the game. “Big win for us, for sure.”