Tuesday, November 21, 2017

BC High Tops Catholic Memorial at Fenway for Catholic Conference Crown

 By Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612)

BOSTON -Will Bowen and the BC High front seven left little doubt this time around against rival Catholic Memorial.

Bowen totaled 160 yards and three touchdowns, while the Eagle defense finished with six sacks and three turnovers to lead BC High to a 32-16 win over the Knights to claim the Catholic Conference title on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

The game was a rematch of just 18 days ago, when Catholic Memorial (6-5) defeated the Eagles (10-1) by a point on a last second Hail Mary to knock BC High out of the postseason.

Tommy Joyce was the face of the Eagles’ defensive pressure on CM quarterback Nick Goffredo. Joyce totaled two sacks, six tackles, and a forced fumble. Francis Dooley chimed in with three more sacks and a fumble recovery, while Elijah Miranda recovered a fumble, and Eamon Walsh tallied an interception.

“We knew they were a passing team so we just pinned our ears back and went after them,” said Joyce.

Bowen may have made his name Tuesday on offense, but he also had an impact on the other side of the ball, finishing the evening with six tackles.

The Eagles' senior quarterback said that winning the league at Fenway certainly made up for the way BC High’s run at Gillette concluded.

“Once we lost, we reset our goals to get to 10-1 and win the conference,” said Bowen. “This was the last football game for the rest of our lives, so its great to be able to do this at such a special venue.”

BC High jumped out to a 13-2 lead at the half, then behind Danny Abraham (17 carries, 146 yards, 2 TDs) and Bowen the Eagles pulled away.

On the opening drive of the second half, Abraham took an inside handoff and ran right up the gut untouched for a 52-yard touchdown to push BC High's advantage up to 19-2.

Catholic Memorial answered on their next drive as Goffredo rolled right and hit Garrett McCarthy in stride for a three-yard touchdown run.

Bowen and company, however, could not be slowed down.

On fourth and 4 from the Knights 19-yard line, Bowen stepped up in the pocket and connected with a diving Carter Rice for a touchdown.

The Eagles capped their scoring output early in the fourth quarter. Dooley fell on a fumble to hand BC High possession inside the Knights' 20-yard line and, three plays later, Bowen rolled right and hooked up with Rice for a second time to increase the Eagles advantage to an insurmountable 32-8.

“This was about the seniors,” said BC High coach Jon Bartlett. “These kids will have this memory forever.”

Joyce set up the Eagles first score of the game as a strip sack recovered by Miranda led to a 32-yard score for Abraham.

Hunter Tully ran back the blocked point after to give the Knights two points.

Catholic Memorial was forced to punt on their ensuing drive due to another Joyce sack, allowing BC High to extend its lead just before the half. This time it was Bowen who sprinted 62 yards off the zone read to position himself for his own 3-yard score and a 13-2 Eagles lead at the break.

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