BOSTON, Mass. -- It was a sloppy, out-of-sync game for the BC High offensive unit, but an ugly win is always better than the alternative.
The No. 3 Eagles (7-3) got the game-winning touchdown with 1:11 — fittingly on 11/11 — left in the fourth quarter on a Bartley Regan touchdown throw to Gordon McLeod to fend off St. John’s Prep, 7-0, last night at Viola Stadium.
Regan struggled mightily in the first half as he finished the first half with six straight incomple passes, but capped off the final drive 5-for-6 for 71 yards and a score to keep the Eagles undefeated in the Catholic Conference at 3-0.
“We had two days off from school and I think that really impacted the game. We didn’t really have any focus,” said Regan, who finished 8-of-14 for 113 yards and score. “We came out flying in the second half hitting everyone. The offense came out moving the ball, so it worked out.”
BACK TO NORMAL ON FINAL DRIVE
Regan overshot several receivers in the first half and looked frustrated several times when he returned to the sidelines.
The halftime break apparently helped him out.
The signal-caller for the Eagles was calm and collected on the game-winning drive when the Eagles go the ball back with four minutes and change left in the fourth quarter. Regan hit Lincoln Collins for an 11-yard gain and then hit a deep post to Collins — a play the two missed on early in the game — for big yardage to the Prep 33-yard line.
Regan then connected on a huge fourth down conversion to McLeod and went right back to him for the game-winning score.
McLeod pulled a double move on his defender and got seperation towards the left pylon and Regan laid it in there nicely for the game-winner.
“It came down to them throwing the ball down the field with the big play to [Collins],” Prep head coach Jim O’Leary said. “Then [McLeod] gets open and we had been tight on him all day.”
THIRD QUARTER DOMINATION
Even though the Eagles didn’t score in the quarter, or even score up until the final drive of the game, the momentum may have been swung back in their favor in the third quarter.
After forcing the Prep into a three-and-out on the opening drive of the half, the Eagles got the ball at their own 11-yard line and didn’t relinquish the ball again until an unfortunate fumble inside their opponents 5-yard line.
Luke Catarius picked up the tough yards as the Eagles marched 16-plays and held the ball for almost 10 minutes of play. With Preston Cooper in a walking boot and sporting crutches on the sidelines, Deontae Ramey-Doe got back to his shiftiness and picked up 50 yards on 10 carries in the second half.
That ability to run the ball may have relieved the pressure off the passing offense and allowed the offense to get the kinks out of the system.
“They were playing the pass and we couldn’t do anything in the first half,” McLeod said. “When we came out running in the third it really opened up what we wanted to do in the fourth quarter.”
PREP DEFENSE IMPRESSIVE
The Eagles may have been out-of-sync, but a lot of the credit has to go to the Prep defense in the first half.
Owen Lynch picked up two sacks and had a number of quarterback hurries. Kyle Kaneb, Lynch and the Prep defense teamed up to hold the Eagles to less than 50 yards of total offense in the first half.
“It was a great effort from our team on the road,” O’Leary said.