Saturday, September 16, 2017

BC High Rushing Attack Continues to Roll in Win Over Marshfield

By Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612)

BOSTON - Will Bowen put on a showcase to all in attendance that BC High has more to its identity than just Danny Abraham.

Bowen ran for 131 yards and a touchdown as part of a ground attack that included Abraham and Bobby DeMeo as the Eagles got past Division 2 power Marshfield, 19-7, on Friday night at Boston College High School.

The conditions were slick all evening long, with rain pouring down from the start of the game’s pre game festivities. The wet weather made throwing nearly impossible for both sides causing the teams to resort to their top level running games.

The No. 2 Eagles (2-0) got the better end of it, as the trio of Bowen, Abraham, and DeMeo combined to run for 220 yards on the evening.

Early on it appeared as though the No. 9 Rams (1-1) were going to be the ones controlling the game on the ground as Casey Phinney capped off a 10 play first quarter drive with a five-yard touchdown run to give Marshfield a 7-0 lead.

Bowen, however, immediately responded. On the second play of the next Eagles drive Bowen kept it on a read option and took it the distance for a 55-yard touchdown run to even the game up, 7-7 after a quarter of play.

“Working along side a superstar running back certainly lightens up the load and opens up some opportunities for me,” Bowen said.

Midway through the second quarter, the Rams made their first costly mistake of the night.

On fourth down from their own 36, Marshfield lined up to punt. The snap however, skipped onto the turf allowing the Eagles to recover in Rams’ territory.

Abraham (70 yards, 2 TDs) made Marshfield pay as he took the handoff, cut back inside, made a pair of Rams defensive backs miss and ran into the end zone for a 36 yard touchdown run to give BC High a 13-7 lead at the half.

“They punched us in the mouth early,” said BC High coach John Bartlett. “We talked at halftime how there were some missed opportunities but we got right back up, recovered, and brought our physicality in the second half.”

Indeed, the Eagles asserted their defensive dominance in the second half.

BC High’s front seven composed of Bowen, Francis Dooley, Elijah Miranda and Ozzio Tripilo stunted any offensive momentum Marshfield hoped to carry over from the first two stanzas.

The Eagles unit held Marshfield to just three first downs and forced a pair of turnovers to keep the Rams off the scoreboard.

Abraham, meanwhile, provided all the insurance BC High needed.

The star running back capped off an 11 play, 64 yard drive with a two yard touchdown run to hand the Eagles a 19-7 edge midway through the third quarter.

A 27-yard completion on third down and seven from Bowen to Luke Murphy kept the drive alive.

“It’s incredibly big (to start 2-0),” Bowen said. “With the schedule we play it is crucial to use momentum from big wins like tonight.”

While it remains to be seen whether or not BC High has the capabilities through the air to challenge a team like No. 1 Everett, there is no question that Bowen’s prowess at quarterback is enough to make the Eagles the favorite in Division 1 South.

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