NEEDHAM, Mass. -— Sometimes football can be boiled down to a simple game of who wins the battle up front and who doesn’t.
St. Sebastian’s won the crucial battle of the beef on the inside early Saturday morning with a 19-6 victory over BB&N on the Arrows homecoming day. This marks the first victory for the Arrows in the last two years against the Knights as the two teams end their most recent four-year series.
Christopher Marano and Brian Mullin lived in the Knights backfield for the majority of the game and the two-headed monster at the defensive tackle position helped turn their opponents into a one-dimensional team in the second half. BB&N could only muster 50 yards on the ground in the final 24 minutes and the Arrows pressure right in the face of Cole O’Connor forced two pivotal interceptions.
“We got some big boys up front, so that definitely helps,” said Marano. “All the hard work we’ve put in. We came out a little slow and then we picked it up during the end of the game.”
No sequence of plays was more telling than the first Knights possession of the second half. The Knights offensive line just simply could not do anything but hold Marano and Mullin as they came barreling through the line. The Knights started that drive on their own 29, but finished it by punting the ball with the line of scrimmage at the 3-yard line due to penalties and negative plays.
“These kids have all been through it,” said Arrows head coach Bob Souza. “We are tough and we play physical and we are a tough to run the ball on. We get pressure and I give BB&N credit. They played us tough in that first half and we just felt we could wear them down.”
Buds Connect: Patrick Healy, who is on scholarship to play lacrosse for Notre Dame, and Brian O’Malley put in the extra work as quarterback and receiver should during the offseason and the connection paid dividends for the Arrows in this game.
The duo connected six times for 79 yards and two fourth quarter touchdowns to do just enough as the defensive kept up its dominating performance. The first touchdown strike came on fourth-and-3 at the Knights 11-yard line.
The second came on a similar play, just the opposite side, as Healy rolled left and fired it into the chest of O’Malley as he got his feet down just inside in pylon before his momentum took him into a frenzy of happy Arrows fans.
“That goes back to throwing to him in the summer,” said Healy. “He’s one of my good buddies so we’ve got a lot of chemistry out there. We seem to know what each other is going to do out there.”
ST. SEBASTIAN’S 19, BB&N 6
BBN (1-1) 0 – 6 – 0 – 0 – 6
SEB (2-0) 7 – 0 – 0 – 12 - 19
S — Brendan Daly 6 run (Brian O’Malley kick)
B — Ben Rasnick 10 run (kick failed)
S — O’Malley 11 pass from Patrick Healy (kick failed)
S — O’Malley 12 pass from Healy (pass failed)