NASHUA, N.H. – Fifteen players on the 2011 Catholic Memorial football roster were on the team two years ago, when the Knights suffered a 39-point loss to Bishop Guertin.
If you thought those players had put that loss behind them, well … you'd be wrong.
“Revenge” is what the CM players shouted when they broke their team huddle after Friday night's 42-0 victory over BG.
“When you lose 52-13 on someone's field and you're coming back there you know you want revenge,” CM quarterback A.J. Doyle said. “We had 15 guys playing as sophomores when we came up here and got destroyed, so winning 42-0 feels pretty good. This is a team that, when we're on, it's something special.”
Wide receiver Armani Reeves, who was injured in the first half of that loss to BG two years ago, scored three touchdowns Friday night. He opened the scoring by grabbing an 8-yard touchdown pass from Doyle on CM's opening possession, and scored on a 41-yard run the second time CM had the ball.
Reeves, who will play defensive back at Penn State, also scored on a 69-yard run on the first play of the third quarter. Running time was used after Michael Keane made the fifth of his six PAT kicks to five CM a 35-0 lead.
“We were sophomores then and it was embarrassing,” Reeves said. “We wanted to come out here and prove that we're not the team of two years ago. We're much improved. I was happy with my performance and with the team. We played hard the whole game.”
CM's other touchdowns came on a 69-yard TD run from Donovan Henry, a 26-yard pass from Doyle to Penn State-bound Camren Williams, and a 5-yard run by backup quarterback Pat Shore with 23.3 second left. Henry will play college football at Boston College.
“They just dominated us [two years ago],” Williams said. “They ran up the score by passing the ball when they were up 40 whatever it was to 13. They wanted to score and keep going. They kept the starters in the whole game so it was kind of like a big revenge thing on this field.”
The victory improved CM's record to 2-1. BG, which has won six of the last seven Division II championships in New Hampshire, dropped to 3-2.
The Cardinals played without starting quarterback Bob Fahey (ankle) and defensive back/split end Brody Smith (broken leg).
“I don't think we played hard,” first-year BG coach Travis Cote said. “We wanted to show them that we have good teams here in New Hampshire, but after they scored the first touchdown I could see the heads down and that was it. We didn't get a good effort the rest of the night.
“I'm not so disappointed that we lost, it was the way we lost. We didn't compete as hard as we should have.”
Reeves gained a game-high 110 yards on his two carries, and Doyle completed 12 of 16 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
““He's a playmaker, plain and simple," Doyle said. "He can take it to the house on any play.
“I had plenty of time and the receivers were wide open. They did a great job running their routes. It was an easy night.”