Saturday, December 4, 2010
Shawsheen champs for 1st time in 3 decades
By Matt Noonan
MILTON, Mass. -- The Shawsheen Rams put an end to their 32-year drought and finally earned their first Division 4 Super Bowl in school history, as they defeated the Blue Hills Warriors, 20-6, on Curry College’s Walter M. Katz Field on Saturday.
“This means so much to the community, its five sending towns that we represent and its just an honor to represent this community, to represent the families and the school, so it means so much for our school and our communities,” said Shawsheen head coach Al Costabile.
Following a scoreless first quarter, quarterback Ryan Woolaver kept the ball and ran for a 30-yard touchdown inside Warriors territory, but was injured after diving into the end zone for the score. After the touchdown was recorded, Woolaver remained on the ground, but was able to get himself off the field, despite sustaining
The Rams missed the point after attempt, but ended the half on a sour note when they watched Woolaver get sacked for a loss and suffer a game ending injury. He was taken to the hospital after the fourth quarter was complete, which allowed back up quarterback Tyler MacInnis to take over the Rams offense for the final 20-minutes
of their season.
“Of course, we had doubts, you can’t replace a guy like Ryan Woolaver. I just knew that I had to get the defense fired up, had to get going and back up quarterback Tyler MacInnis did a great job,” Shawsheen receiver Derek Bent said.
The Rams would begin the second half, attempting to put more points on the board, but Warriors defensive end Brian Onyechefule intercepted backup quarterback MacInnis’s short pass. The Warriors would respond and use 15 plays to earn their only points of the day, as running back Isaiah Teixeira scored on a two-yard run. After the touchdown, they attempted a two-point conversion, which was unsuccessful.
The Rams would respond with an explosive fourth quarter, scoring 14 points, all on account of Steve Reynolds, who scored both touchdowns of the quarter on offense and defense.
Reynolds first scored on a 25-yard run and then intercepted Warriors quarterback John Curran for a 35 yard score.
“I mean we lost momentum, but we just kept on fighting and we got it,” said Bent.
Blue Hills attempted one final drive late in the fourth quarter to possibly come within striking distance of Shawsheen, but were once again, denied a comeback when Reynolds intercepted Curran.
Once the final whistle blew, Costabile addressed his team to say: “We normally don’t give out a game balls, that’s something we don’t do around here because we are all about team, not individuals. I think you are all going to agree with me that the game ball goes to Ryan Woolaver.”
Bent complimented his opponent after the game.
“They played a great game. I was getting worried at the end and when they came down and scored, tied it up, I knew it was going to be a game and our defense had to dig in and offense had to make plays.”