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Recap: Bishop Feehan 21, Lynnfield 7

12/1/2012

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Nicholas Romero isn't known as a passing quarterback, but he can beat opposing defenses with his legs.

He proved that Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, where he ran for a team-high 67 yards and two touchdowns to help Bishop Feehan defeat Lynnfield, 21-7, in the Eastern Massachusetts Division 3A Super Bowl.

Romero, a senior, scored on runs of 10 and 36 yards.

“Nick saved his best for last,” Bishop Feehan coach Curt Smith said. “He's come along because he got virtually no reps last year as a junior. He just got better and better and better each week.”

Romero had completed 22 passes for 282 yards in 11 games entering Saturday's contest, and completed one of two attempts for 47 yards in the victory.

“They have a ton of speed overall,” Lynnfield coach Neal Weidman said. “When they spread the ball around as much as they do and have that many good players you can't focus on one guy.”

Bishop Feehan completed its season with a 10-2 record. Lynnfield finished 9-3.

Bishop Feehan led 14-7 at halftime. Junior running back Isaiah Douglass opened the scoring on a 23-yard run with 8:01 left in the first quarter, and Romero added a 10-yard touchdown run with 6:13 left in the second.

Romero's touchdown capped a 19-play, 80-yard drive that chewed up nearly a quarter (9:40).

Lynnfield responded to Bishop Feehan's second touchdown with a 14-play, 72-yard scoring drive. Kyle McGah scored the touchdown on a 2-yard run with 1:07 left in the half.

The Shamrocks regained a 14-point lead when Romero scored his second touchdown on a 36-yard bootleg on a fourth-and-1 play and Matt Allen added his third point-after kick with 4:10 left in the third.

“I strongly suggested that play,” Romero said. “It was open. Then it was just get there. Don't get caught.”

Lynnfield was held to 172 yards of offense (87 rushing) in the loss.

“The kids played hard and gave great effort all year,” Weidman said. “It's too bad it has to end this way for them.”

ZONE DEFENSE

Lynnfield didn't lack scoring chances in the fourth quarter.

The Pioneers fumbled the ball away on a fourth-and-goal play from the 2-yard line with 5:55 remaining, and their final drive ended on Bishop Feehan's 11-yard line following an incomplete pass on fourth down.

“We take a lot of pride about keeping teams out of the end zone when they get in the red zone,” Smith said. “There's no blitzes. There's no magic. The kid's just bone up.”

McGah, who scored three touchdowns in a semifinal win over Amesbury, was held to 47 yards rushing on 12 attempts.

“Shut down defense near the goal line – that really helped us win the game,” Romero said

NOTEWORTHY

Lynnfield was attempting to win the program's first state championship. … Bishop Feehan has won eight Super Bowls. The others came in 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2009. The Shamrocks have an 8-2 record in their 10 Super Bowl appearances. … Feehan's Matt Allen entered the game as Bishop Feehan's leading rusher with 1,137 yards and 17 touchdowns. He gained 60 yards on 17 carries. … Bishop Feehan had 254 yards of offense. All but 47 yards came on the ground. … Lynnfield quarterback Michael Karavetsos entered the game having completed 66 passes for 856 yards. He completed 6 of 19 passes for 85 yards in the loss. … Attendance for Saturday's six games at Gillette Stadium was 14, 678.

BISHOP FEEHAN 21, LYNNFIELD 7

Bishop Feehan 7 7 7 0 – 21

Lynnfield 0 7 0 0 – 7

First Quarter

BF—Isaiah Douglass 23 run (Matthew Allen kick), 8:01.

Second Quarter

BF—Nicholas Romero 10 run (Allen kick), 6:13.

L—Kyle McGah 2 run (Alex Roper kick), 1:07.

Third Quarter

BF—Romero 36 run (Allen kick), 4:10.