SCITUATE — Aidan Sullivan and Jack Ruble battled for the quarterback job last fall at Scituate. The former won the starting role; the latter became valued for his defense and steady hands.
In Friday’s season-opening 34-14 nonleague win over visiting Norwell, the senior duo delivered big plays on offense, defense, and special teams.
“It’s great to see these guys that grow up with each other, that compete for a job but just go out and compete, they’re good friends,” said Scituate coach Herb Devine.
“Aidan and Jack got a great connection, but it’s great to see Jack step up and become a big part of the offense.”
Sullivan completing just one of his first four passes. But the senior settled in, finishing 15-of-23 passing for 215 yards and two touchdowns, both to junior tight end Max Roche. He also added a rushing score.
“First few drives were sloppy,” said Sullivan. “After that, we kind of collected ourselves and made a nice couple drives. Still got a lot of work to do but it’s going to be a fun season.”
Ruble delivered a blocked punt, leading to Scituate’s first score and a fumble recovery late to halt a Norwell drive inside the 10-yard line. On both plays, Ruble credited coaching for his ability to be in the right place at the right time. But it was hard work and friendly competition that put Ruble in that position to begin with.
“Ultimately, I was hungry,” said Ruble. “I just wanted to be on the field, I was happy to switch up and play receiver now.”
Ruble and Sullivan have been teammates since Pop Warrner. Both contributing in different ways led to a special night.
“We’ve been best friends since sixth grade,” said Sullivan. “It was a friendly competition and to see him out here catching balls from me is a dream come true from our childhood.”
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