Sunday, October 27, 2013

Postgame Blog: Doherty Survives St. Peter-Marian

It was "Show Time" for BC commit Isaac Yiadom and the Doherty offense Saturday.
By Joe Parello  @HerewegoJoe

Another week and another heart-breaking loss for St. Peter-Marian at the hands of a D4 Central favorite.

A week after a late touchdown and two-point conversion sunk the Guardians against Shepherd Hill 14-13, the failure to convert a pair of extra points led to a 20-19 defeat at the hands of Inter-High power Doherty.

Here is my reminder that this blog is just my random thoughts on the game. If you want my full recap, along with some highlights, head over to ESPN Boston and check those out. More on the fallout from Doherty and SPM after the jump.

Postseason Ramifications

The loss will have ramifications for SPM, not just emotionally, but in terms of playoff seeding as well.  The MIAA will meet in its Franklin office to draw out playoff brackets at 1pm today, but this win appears to push Doherty just pass SPM into the D4 Central 3-seed.

This is all, of course, based on the MIAA's power points system that I barely understand. The Telegram & Gazette's "Hometeam" section has an excellent playoff projection story up, where they count up each team's power points. I would recommend taking a look at that here.

Shepherd Hill, despite a loss, looks like it will hold down the top seed, while undefeated Hudson slides into No.2. Doherty and SPM will hold down 3 and 4 respectively, and Tantasqua fills in at 5 with Quabbin taking 6.

That would set up a pair of really fun games, as Tantasqua has played pretty much everybody close, and if any team in the region knows about close games, it's SPM. Meanwhile, Doherty would have to contend with Quabbin's TD throwing machine Dylan Kierman.

Potential second-round match ups would then be SPM vs SH, plus Doherty vs Hudson. The D4 Central bracket should be one of the state's best.

Show Time

Doherty do-it-all athlete Isaac Yiadom goes by "Show Time" on his Twitter handle, and the Boston College commit certainly put on a performance against the Guardians.

Doherty put him in the Wildcat, leading to a pair of TD runs (One from 36-yards, the other from 5-yards out) and even had him attempt a pass. The latter didn't go as well as the former, but he was excellent in coverage all day, and got a hand on one of SPM's last chance passes late in the 4th quarter.

CMass Talent

It was only the second time I've gotten to watch Yiadom play this season, but when you look at him and some of the other D1 players in Central Mass, you have to be impressed with the talent level. Leominster's Jarell Addo (UMass) has an impressive combination of size and speed, while Leicester's Tom Rodrick (UConn) is just a man amongst boys right now.

Add the explosive play making ability of Yiadom, and the performances of quarterbacks Drew Smiley (SJS), Neil O'Connor (Leominster) and Kierman (Quabbin) to that mix, and you have one of the more talented senior classes the region has seen in some time.

Smiley will play D1 lacrosse at Navy, while O'Connor and Kierman have yet to draw major college interest. It's a shame, because both are really talented players, and I would venture a guess that O'Connor could help a D1 team SOMEWHERE... The kid just does it all. He was one of the region's best receivers last year, now he may be CMass' best QB and has always been a standout at safety.

Don't Sleep On Brennan

With all the love the aforementioned QBs have been getting this year, it's easy to forget about Doherty's talented signal-caller. After all, senior Luke Brennan does get to throw to Yiadom and 6-foot-4 Alfred Adarkwah, but that doesn't make his stellar season any less impressive.

For his money, Yiadom would put Brennan up against any QB in the state.

"Luke seriously has everything, everything you would want in a quarterback," Yiadom said. "He makes all the throws. When it's right, he'll tuck it and run, and when he makes mistakes, he knows what he's doing and he makes up for them. We respect Luke a lot, and he leads the team, definitely."

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