FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -– Boston College High School’s senior running back Deonate Ramey-Doe recorded three rushing touchdowns against Needham, as the Eagles defeated the Rockets in the Division I Eastern Massachusetts Super Bowl, 21-7.
“He’s earned himself as a top, great running back [over] the last six games,” said Boston College High School head coach Jon Bartlett. “It was his time to shine [on Saturday], he did a great job.”
Needham’s special teams set the tone early, as the Rockets recovered an onside kick on the initial kick-off, and then registered their only touchdown of the game five plays later when sophomore quarterback Ryan Charter (139 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT) connected with senior running back Mike Vespa for a five-yard score.
“We were trying to get things going [early on in the first quarter],” said Needham head coach Dave Duffy, when asked about his team’s decision to attempt an onside kick.
The Eagles responded on the ensuing possession, as Ramey-Doe, (24 carries, 200 yards, 3 TDs) scored his first of three touchdowns on a five-yard run before ripping off a 91-yard score mid-way through the second quarter.
“They weren’t ready for that formation,” said Ramey-Doe, when asked to describe his 91-yard run. “So, once we ran it, it was wide-open.”
In the second half, the Eagles offense controlled the clock, and once again, handed the ball to Ramey-Doe, who capped off a 13-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard run in the third quarter.
Needham’s offense then attempted to rally, despite trailing by two scores, but couldn’t muster a single touchdown, as the Eagles defense intercepted Charter three times to preserve the win, and their second championship in three seasons.
“They’re a great football team, [and] they deserve to be Division I Super Bowl champs, but as tough and as hard as we played, I thought we could have played a little bit better,” said Duffy.
Defending Ramey-Doe: Entering Saturday’s affair against the Eagles, Duffy and his defense knew that in order to be successful, they’d have to stop Ramey-Doe. However, the Rockets struggled through four quarter, and couldn’t slow down the senior running back that finished the game with 200 yards on 24 carries.
“We gave up a lot of yards on the base running game because we’re a little outsized-wise. Their fullback had a good game running too,” said Duffy. “They’re a little bigger, tougher than we were -– bigger or stronger than we were, [but] we hung tough with them.”
Ramey-Doe expressed after the game concluded that a major reason he experienced a great deal of success on the ground was because of his offensive line.
“[They were] huge,” said Ramey-Doe. “I just got to trust my lineman, run has hard as I can, and it’ll be that.”
“[During] halftime, we challenged our guys and said, we’re going to pound it [during our] opening drive, and we challenged the guys and they rose to the occasion, and we marched down the field, so [our] offensive played well tonight,” said Bartlett.
Eagles D solid: It could have been the bright lights or the fact Needham had finally made it to Gillette Stadium, but against the Eagles on Saturday, Charter struggled against an Eagles front seven that constantly pressured him all game.
“A couple of them I thought could have been caught by the Needham kids, but that’s the way it goes,” said Duffy. “BC High’s defense is one of the best team’s in the state, so other teams look bad against them too.”
“Our defense played great tonight,” said Bartlett. “That opening drive they had, they scored, and we shut [them] down after that, so [our] defense played outstanding.”
Bartlett then continued by saying, “[Charter] is outstanding. He’s going to be a good one. I think he has a bright future.”
Besides the passing game, the Rockets running game seemed to falter, especially since the offensive line struggled to open the proper running lanes for their backs. Vespa led the Rockets with 60 yards on 16 carries, while senior Danny Pierce and Nico Panepinto combined for two carries for 15 yards.
“Our line was working hard, [but] they’re big, strong kids, and our line was pushing them around. We were undersized against them, but credit’s got to go to the line, they were doing their job for most of the game, so we just stuck together,” said Vespa.
Overall, the Eagles defense yielded 204 yards (139 passing, 65 rushing).
BC HIGH 21, NEEDHAM 7
BC (10-3) – 7-7-7-0—21
NE (9-4) – 7-0-0-0—7
N- Mike Vespa 5 pass from Ryan Charter (Andrew Murowchick kick)
BC- Deontae Ramey-Doe 5 run (Jackson Bockhurst kick)
BC – Ramey-Doe 91 run (Bockhurst kick)
BC – Ramey-Doe 1 run (Bockhurst kick)