Boston High School: Brian Robinson

Recap: No. 6 Mansfield 69, No. 3 BC High 57

December, 23, 2012
12/23/12
11:38
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BOSTON -- Mansfield basketball outscored BC High 21-6 in the third quarter Sunday afternoon and weathered the Eagles’ comeback attempt on their way to a 69-57 win.

No. 3 BC High outscored the No. 6 Hornets 25-19 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to close the Hornets’ 18-point lead inside of McNeice Pavillion.

“We started to move the ball with more efficiency and getting it to the right guys,” Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan said. “That’s an extremely quick team. It took us a little while to get used to that. You don’t have to play at the same speed they are. I think we ended up getting the ball in the right places and the right people. Clearly, when you can knock down threes the way we did tonight, it helps.”

Senior Greg Romanko had 18 points and 11 rebounds (4 offensive) and sophomore Ryan Boulter added 18 points on six 3-pointers.

Mansfield, as a team, converted 12 threes on 29 attempts from behind the arc. They spread out four players around the perimeter and parked another at the high post. Their ability to move the ball and successful shooting were key offensively.

“We just tried to spread the floor,” Vaughan added. “It’s just guys making the proper pass.”

The Eagles’ fourth-quarter comeback attempt was led by junior guard Tom Galanek, who notched all seven of his points in the final frame, and assisted on two other 3-pointers. Senior captain Pete Timmins finished with 10 points and senior Brian Robinson also added 10 along with seven rebounds.

The Hornets (4-0) were able to keep BC High (2-1) backcourt tandem of Jameilen James (4 points) and Charles Collins (4 points) in check behind strong defense from Rocky DeAndrade and Michael Boen.

Mansfield sophomore Brendan Hill helped spark the Hornets’ big third quarter. After sitting for the majority of the first half after picking up two early fouls, Hill filled the role on the high post and kept BC High’s defense honest and his crisp distribution allowed for open threes.

“He’s a unique player that’s a tough match up because he’s a bigger kid that can pass the ball so well,” Vaughan said. “He’s played in four games and he’s been in foul trouble in all four. Hopefully I can get his defensive mind in the same set as his offensive mind.”

The Eagles opened the game with the lead at 2-0 and again took the lead at 4-2, but never led in the game again. A Romanko three, moments before the halftime buzzer, gave Mansfield a 29-26 lead at the break.

As BC High cut the lead to single digits, it looked as though that had forced a turnover, but a tipped pass high into the air landed in the hands of Mansfield Kyle Wisnieski, who found a wide open Hill for a two-handed slam that extended the Hornet’s lead back to 10.

LETTING LOOSE
Vaughan thought Romanko struggled through the first three games of the season because of the pressure he was putting upon himself.

So before Sunday’s game with BC High, Vaughan had a simple message for the 6-foot-4 senior captain: Just play.

Romanko went back to basics and it worked, as he scored a season-high 18 points, including a flashy put-back layup late in the third quarter that gave the Hornets a 17-point lead.

“He played great,” Vaughan said. “He’s leading our team in rebounds and in blocked shots. Defensively, he’s playing tremendous so he’s doing everything we’re asking him, too. He’s struggling because of his shot but he doesn’t realize he’s helping us on the other end. Tonight, he finally got a little bit of rhythm scoring and it made a big difference.”

As for sophomore Ryan Boulter, letting loose and shooting hasn’t been a problem so far this young season. It’s the third time in four games that Boulter has led the team in scoring.

Boulter was 6 of 13 from beyond the arc, accounting for half of Mansfield’s threes -- more attempts than BC High took as a team.

“He’s an unbelievable shooter,” Vaughan said. “He’s an exciting player because he changes the way your team can play and the way other teams have to defend him.”

Recap: Xaverian 21, BC High 17

November, 3, 2012
11/03/12
11:59
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WESTWOOD, Mass. -– Xaverian held the lead for only 1:22 out of 44 minutes, but it was the most crucial minute of the game as the Hawks edged BC High at The Hawk Bowl, 21-17. Hunter Taute capped a theatrical 72-yard drive with a 6 yard bull rush that put the Hawks ahead while the Xaverian defense denied BC High the chance of scoring on the final drive.

“We made some big plays,” said Xaverian coach Charlie Stevenson. “We were balanced. Certainly one of out better drives this year and it was a very opportune time to have it.”

Xaverian (3-6, 2-0 Catholic Conf.) started its final possession of the afternoon from their 28 with 8:00 left on the clock after a BC High punt from the Xaverian 34 went out of bounds. Alternating between Shayne Kaminski (10 carries, 40 yards) and Mike Brennan, the Hawks got two quick first downs on four rushing plays. From midfield, Kaminski kicked down to the 46 of the Eagles (3-5, 1-1 Catholic Conference), where Austin DeCarr found Aiden Desrosiers for a 14-yard gain.

Brennan was stopped on the following play for no gain, and the end around to the right ran by Pagliuca netted only one yard before he was collared by BC High’s Brian Robinson. On third down, Pagliuca caught the ball but the play was blown up by Brandon Owens, who sent Pagluica down to the ground and the ball flying straight back, setting up fourth and 9 from the BC High 31. Joe DeNucci, who had fans in the stands wearing t-shirt replicas of his jersey, made a crucial catch for a ten-yard gain and the first down with 3:35 to go.

Kaminski resumed his tugboat duties and rushed for three, three then eight yards on third and four from the 15, setting up first and goal on the 7 with just over two minutes to go. Brennan rushed for a yard, but another incomplete hookup between Pagliuca and DeCarr brought up third down. DeCarr threw the ball and it sailed out of the end zone, but the head referee called defensive holding, allotting the Eagles a fresh set of downs with under two minutes to go.

Kaminski rushed for two, bringing the ball to the one, and Maurice Hurst ran in his second score, but an illegal motion brought the ball to the six. Hunter Taute (9 carries, 39 yards, TD) ran left and with fire and desire, and crossed the plane at 1:22 with a stretch play to take the lead for Xaverian for the first time on the day. Kyle Darrow’s kick gave Xaverian a four-point lead, necessitating BC High to score a touchdown.

Although the Hawks’ defense missed two in-hand interceptions on BC High’s final drive and got a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on third and long, Xaverian held the Eagles to a one-yard run in the last 1:14, seal a slippery victory.

“Our defense played great during the final possession we had. We did a great job of shutting them down throwing the football.”

Love is Love: Although there were no stories being shared between the first whistle and the last whistle, there was camaraderie after the matchup between the rivals and their players.

“As you can see, [BC High’s] Jack [McDonald] and Mo are down there hugging and kissing, taking pictures for their moms,” Stevenson half-joked after the game. “That’s the kind of game it is when Xaverian plays BC High.”

XAVERIAN 21, BC HIGH 17
BCH (3-5) 7 7 3 0 --- 17
XAV (3-6) 0 7 7 7 --- 21


First Quarter
B – Dan Collins 17 interception return (Jackson Bockhorst kick)

2nd Quarter
X – Maurice Hurst 1 run (Kyle Darrow kick)
B – Collins 11 run (Bockhorst kick)

3rd Quarter
X – D.J. Pagliuca 88 kickoff return (Darrow kick)
B – Bockhorst 34 field goal

4th Quarter
X – Hunter Taute 6 run (Darrow kick)

Recap: No. 22 BC High 31, Dartmouth 0

September, 22, 2012
9/22/12
1:03
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DARTMOUTH, Mass. – What’s the old expression that you have to crawl before you can walk? No. 22 BC High football did a little bit of both while capturing its first win of the season in a 31-0 blanking of Dartmouth on Slocum Road.

Hampered by an ever-mounting list of injuries to starters, the Eagles weren’t about to make excuses for themselves and their 0-2 start. So they continued plugging holes, watching younger players step into greater roles. Of course, it always helps when you’re star receiver puts up a 5-catch, 181-yard night as Villanova commit Lincoln Collins did Friday night. But even as Collins was doing big things, it was the little things that sprung the largest gains.

The prime example was Collins’ electrifying 85-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter.

Mired in a competitive 10-0 battle at halftime, the Eagles (1-2) distanced themselves with Collins’ lone touchdown of the game in the third. After starting a drive backed up in their own end, BC High was simply looking for a first down and some field position on a third-and-3 drop back by quarterback Dan Collins (6 of 9, 199 yards). The play call had Lincoln Collins, the rangy 6-foot-4 target, as the right outside receiver. Lincoln’s route a routine 5-yard out on a play designed simply to pick up that crucial first down.

What happened from there took everyone by surprise.

Lincoln shook his defender, using his sizable wingspan to stiff arm the cornerback. Once he wiggled a couple more yards downfield, it was fellow receiver Tim Johnson, who with a downfield block on Dartmouth’s strong side safety, allowed Lincoln space to burn down the right sideline to paydirt.

“That was just all teamwork,” Lincoln Collins said. “Tim [Johnson] came underneath and made a great hustle play.”

From there, the Eagles were off and running with 21 points after halftime to close out an emphatic and much-needed victory.

“We came in as a unit and said, ‘We’ve gotta’ finish it,’” said Eagles head coach Joe Gaff, who also collected his first win as head coach at BC High.

INJURY BUG STRIKES AGAIN
BC High was out to a 7-0 lead on a 9-yard touchdown run by Brandon Owens (11 carries, 63 yards, TD) and finding increased success in the running game.

That is until the Eagles were again thrown for a loss.

With less than three minutes to play in the first half, Owens was running a stretch play to the left side when he was met in the backfield by Indians linebacker Dalton Soares. Both players went down in a heap, with Soares taking a nice angle to the ball. However, when Owens cleat was caught in the turf and Soares corralled him to the ground, BC High’s senior back was left on the field grabbing his left ankle.

Owens was assisted off the field flanked by two his teammates and was unable to put pressure on that leg.

Gaff said Owens will be evaluated tomorrow. But the scenario strikes home with the Eagles who’d already lost seven starters to injury coming into Friday’s action.

“I hate to say it, but we’ve gotten hardened to all the guys going down,” Gaff said. “We’ve got seven starters not playing – that’s not an excuse, we’re BC High, we’ve got plenty of guys. They’re stepping up and trying to the best we can. That’s all I can ask from them and tonight they did it.”

It’s also helped the Eagles shape a mentality early in the year.

“Our mentality is plug-in and plug-out,” Lincoln Collins said. “We’ll just keep pushing and we’ll get guys back eventually. We’ve just got to keep going.”

CONTAIN YOURSELF
The key to BC High’s defense shutting down the Dartmouth attack was keeping their outside contains. As the Indians (1-2) tried to bounce their running backs outside, they were often met by an Eagles end or outside linebacker – many times at a loss. While Dartmouth has some talented runners in senior captain Mitch Loranger and running back turned quarterback Tim Smith, but BC High was able to all but erase the Indians’ ground game, forcing Smith (who was making his first start under center) to beat them.

There was simply no getting around the outside of BC High’s front seven with Steve Dicienzo, Mitchell Laferriere, Brian Robinson, and Owens doing the duties. Coupled with a strong inside presence from defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson, who returned from injury, the rushing lanes largely were unavailable.

“They kept widening and widening, so we tried to run it inside,’ Dartmouth head coach Rick White said. “They took away our outside run, they did a good job of that. Those outside ends were very good athletes.”

ALL’S NOT LOST
While it might not have been the result the Indians were looking for, White and Co. made a statement in adding the Eagles to their 2012 slate. White was pleased with his team’s ability to match BC High’s physicality.

Had the Indians been able to scrape across some points in the first half, the game’s complexion might have been very different. Dartmouth started four of its five first-half drives on the plus side of the 50-yard line, including a first-and-goal from the 7 after a fumble recovery by Eddie Cadorette (2 TFL). Both teams lost fumbles on their respective opening drives. The Indians also missed a 27-yard field goal attempt at the tail end of the second quarter.

“We had three chances to score in the first half of the game and we couldn’t do it,” White said. “That was the difference.”

BUILDING TO A POINT
BC High doesn’t have long to enjoy win No. 1 with New Jersey power St. Peter’s Prep looming.

Next Saturday, the Eagles travel to play the Jersey City school at Rutgers University.

While the Eagles will have their hands full with one of the nation’s top programs, their boss reflected on what last year’s 35-19 loss to St. Peter’s meant to their Super Bowl season.

“We went down there and we competed against two really good teams [St. Peter’s and DePaul] with great speed,” Gaff said. “When we came back, we solved things. As a defense, I know it really clicked for us because we saw faster players. So that’s what we’re hoping for.”

New faces blend talent for No. 2 BC High

September, 2, 2012
9/02/12
10:41
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With a new head coach patrolling the sidelines, some preseason injury concerns and a cast of new faces stepping into crucial roles on the field, an element of change has certainly been in the air around the BC High football program.

Joe Gaff, a 26-year veteran of the Everett police department, was tabbed to replace Jon Bartlett this summer. Gaff served as the Eagles defensive coordinator the last four years and has previous head coaching experience with Chelsea, Matignon, and Malden Catholic.

The Eagles quest to defend the Division 1 Super Bowl title has gotten off to something of an auspicious beginning, most notably because of the loss of All-State linebacker Luke Catarius. Catarius suffered a slight fracture to his right ankle earlier this week in a scrimmage with Mansfield, and will miss five to six weeks according to Gaff.

Standouts Jack McDonald, Billy Breen and Jaleel Johnson all sat out Friday's scrimmage against Lawrence with what Gaff called "nagging injuries", but all three are expected to be ready to go for Friday's season opener in Brockton.

On the field, the Eagles strength looks like it will be on defense, even with Catarius sidelined. Mark McGuire and Johnson are the anchors at defensive tackle while Tim Johnson and Mike McAuley (who had two interceptions in the Lawrence scrimmage) are standout cornerbacks.

At the linebacker spots, replacing Catarius will be difficult but the Eagles will lean on returnees Danny Collins and Brandon Owens. Brian Robinson has had a terrific preseason, Brian Landry is back after taking two years off from football, and Steve Dicienzo will also contribute.

When asked who would be looked to step up to fill the void left by Catarius, Gaff pointed at the group and talked about some changes the defense will have to make.

"I don't think I can pinpoint one guy. It's more of a unit," Gaff explained. "We've been playing a lot of base defense and letting Luke just read and go so we're going to have move our defense a lot more. We're going to have to be a bit more aggressive and make things happen instead of letting Luke clean things up. We have to set the tempo now and move our guys around a lot more than we have in the past."

The kicking game will also be stellar. BC High boasts one of the state's elite kickers in Jackson Bockhorst, who can hit from 50 yards out, and a strong punter in Pat Ahearn.

Offensively, the Eagles are extremely talented but very inexperienced. Virginia commit McDonald (6-5, 270 lbs.) and Breen (6-4, 240 lbs) will anchor the line from the tackle spots, although the versatile McDonald can play all five positions if needed. BC High adds three new starters to the unit, but the expectation is that they will be able to continue a fine tradition of line play at the school.

"We'll be a pretty quick offensive line this year," said Gaff. "We don't have the huge size all the way across but we'll be very athletic up front. We're looking to keep the tradition of solid offensive line play, keep the running game going, and they know that's what we want."

Senior Brendan Craven steps in at quarterback after spending the last couple of years watching former starter Bartley Regan, although Gaff hinted that Danny Collins may be used in spots as a change of pace, running QB in certain situations. Craven's main target should be 6-foot-4 Lincoln Collins, who committed to Villanova over the summer. Tim Johnson and Mike McAuley step into the lineup alongside him.

Brandon Owens will be the main tailback, joined by Skyler Evans. Catarius also served a crucial role as the team's fullback, so look for DiCienzo and Mitch LaFerriere to pick up the slack.

"I think we need some experience in the passing game," Gaff admitted. "We have talent but its been a lack of playing time for those guys. (Craven) is a first year quarterback and we have inexperience at WR. Even with Lincoln as great as he is, our two and three guys haven't got too much experience as receivers. And we have a new running back too, and losing Luke from that means we will have to do some different things."

BC HIGH AT A GLANCE
2011: 10-3, Division 1 Super Bowl champion
Coach: Joe Gaff (1st season)
Key Returnees: Billy Breen, Sr., OT/DL, 6-4, 240 lbs; Jack McDonald, Sr., OT/DT, 6-5, 275 lbs; Jaleel Johnson, Sr., DT, 6-2, 240 lbs, Mark McGuire, Sr. DL, 6-2, 200 lbs.; Tim Johnson, Sr. DB/WR, 5-10, 175 lbs.; Danny Collins, Sr. MLB/QB, 6-2, 185 lbs.; Lincoln Collins, Sr., WR, 6-4, 180 lbs; Brandon Owens, Sr. LB/RB, 6-0, 200 lbs.; Mike McAuley, Sr. DB/WR, 5-11, 170 lbs.; Brendan Craven, Sr. QB, 6-3, 180 lbs.; Skyler Evans, Sr. RB, 5-9, 180 lbs.
Strengths: Defense, kicking game, senior leadership.
Weaknesses: Inexperience on offense, key injuries.
Outlook: The defending Super Bowl champions have a different look and feel from the team that won the title, not just because those seniors are gone but also because those seniors were able to get playing time as juniors and sophomores, something much of this year's senior class hasn't had. "I think this is a different group," Gaff said. "That senior class last year was so good that we have a lot of guys that are seniors now and are stepping on the field for the first time. Last year we had a lot of guys that had played as juniors and I think that's the big difference. This years group is good, just not game experienced." Gaff and his charges will be put to the test early as the Eagles open with games against Brockton, North Attleboro, Dartmouth, St. Peters Prep (N.J.), Marlboro and Everett before finishing with its Catholic Conference slate. A strong defense should give the inexperienced offense time to get its feet wet and allow its talent to shine through. Bockhurst is a weapon that few other teams with his ability to boom field goals from as deep as 50 yards, something that may come into play early and often.

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