WESTWOOD, Mass. – There wasn’t one particular thing you could identify that was better than the rest in No. 6 Xaverian’s 28-0 win over No. 9 BC High.
In sum, they were all pretty darn good.
On offense, the Hawks implemented an old school Patriot-like scheme with quarterback Chris Calvanese distributing the ball among seven receivers while throwing for 108 yards on 8 of 11 pass attempts, including two touchdowns. That was supplemented by the ground game efforts of Joe Colton (one touchdown), Chris Tamasi and Calvanese, who also ran for a touchdown.
On defense, Xaverian bottled up explosive Eagles running back Preston Cooper. While not allowing the shifty junior to hit the edge with speed, the Hawks linebackers routinely swarmed under and held Cooper to just 35 rushing yards. Without establishing the run, BC High was forced into more passing situations from longer downs and distance. Xaverian also had three takeaways.
All in all, a good day at the Hawk Bowl.
“We had probably our most complete game of the year,” Xaverian head coach Charlie Stevenson said. “We really needed it because they’re a very good opponent.”
Calvanese got the Hawks (7-2, 2-0 Catholic Conference) started on the game’s opening drive with the longest play of the day. The junior signal-caller tabbed his own number and rumbled 51-yards to the end zone one minute and 40 seconds in.
BC High (4-4, 1-1) held Xaverian off the board for the rest of the half until Hawks receiver Tommy Jenkins made a circus catch in the back of the end zone on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Calvanese just 17 seconds before halftime.
“That was all Tommy [Jenkins], on that play,” Calvanese said. “He made an unbelievable catch.”
The Hawks widened their lead in the second half on Colton’s 8-yard touchdown with 1:14 remaining in the third. The score came with the benefit of some good field position after Matt Stapleton forced an Eagles fumble that was recovered by Tamasi.
“I thought the eleven guys we had out there today did a great job,” said Tamasi, who had a forced fumble in addition to his fumble recovery. “They didn’t score a point against us, so it doesn’t get much better than that. I couldn’t be more proud of those guys today.”
Stapleton left his imprint on the game again, hauling in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Calvanese.
Ryan Farrell iced the game for Xaverian with an interception with less than a minute remaining.
No. 9 BC High0000 -- 0
No. 6 Xaverian7777 -- 28
X Chris Calvanese 51-yard run (Jules Murphy kick)
X Tommy Jenkins 24-yard pass from Chris Calvanese (Murphy kick)
X Joe Colton 8-yard run (Murphy kick)
X Ryan Farrell 11-yard pass from Chris Calvanese (Murphy kick)