Boston High School: Dalton Soares

Recap: No. 1 Barnstable 35, Dartmouth 6

October, 13, 2012
DARTMOUTH, Mass. -– The Dartmouth High marching band knocked the crowd dead with its halftime performance titled “Blown Away.” However, it was the top-ranked Barnstable Red Raiders who ended up blowing away the host Indians, 35-6, last night in the Old Colony League opener for both teams.

“It was a balanced effort on both sides of the ball,” Barnstable coach Chris Whidden said. “We were able to run the ball and throw the ball which we’ve had trouble doing both. Defensively we did a good job defending the run and the pass, and I think we’re a tough team to match up against when we do both.”

The Red Raiders scored early in the first quarter and never looked back. Senior quarterback Nick Peabody threw the first of his two touchdowns in the waning moments of the period to senior Manny Perry from 27 yards out to put the Red Raiders up 14 at quarter time.

Peabody had another solid game for Barnstable going 14-29 for 241 yards and a pair of scores. He added 32 more yards and another touchdown on the ground.

Whidden said he was impressed with how Peabody handled the game and managed the lead in the second half.

“Nick played a really smart second half for us,” Whidden said. “There’s times when he knows his ability and the ability of his teammates and he’s trying to get that big play, but he played a really intelligent second half and it showed in the time of possession”

The Red Raiders were able to hold the ball for over 13 minutes in the second half.

For the Indians, it was yet another defeat against one of the state’s best. Dartmouth played well, but was overmatched by Barnstable’s size and experience.

“On paper it doesn’t look so good, but we scheduled some tough ones because we knew that going into this year to beat these two teams, Bridgewater [-Raynham] and Barnstable, that’s why we scheduled the non-league games that we did,” Dartmouth coach Richard White said. “We had to be ready to prepare ourselves.”

The much younger Indians did get strong performances out of their two backfield workhorses, junior Tim Smith and sophomore Dalton Soares.

Smith shoulder the bulk of the carries for the Indians and Soares was able to get in solid work under center when the Red Raider defense didn’t break through the line. The highlight was Soares’ 21-yard touchdown strike in the fourth quarter to junior Nick Simonetti that ended the shutout.

Simonetti outjumped a Barnstable defender to make the catch.

“We knew what we were facing when we came in so we’ve got to build off this,” White said. “We’ve got a big rival in New Bedford coming to town so we’re going to get ready for them.”

Despite another strong performance Whidden stressed that his team has much to accomplish if it wants to call this season a success.

“None of our goals have been accomplished,” Whidden said. “We’re in a three-team league and we’re 1-0 in the league so that’s all that matters to us at this point.”

Senior Tedaro France had a monster game for the Red Raiders, with four catches for 128 yards -- including a brilliant 78-yard score early in the second quarter to put Barnstable up 21-0. Peabody hit France on the run 45 yards downfield before the speedy receiver outran a pair of Indians defenders and spun another completely around before scoring.

France added an interception in the third quarter that set up a touchdown.

“We got it going on early in the first quarter,” France said. “We knew we could win the game so you have to do everything you can to win the game. I did a post corner; I was open. Ran down the field, saw [the defender’s] eyes looking forward, so I cut back in the middle.”

Perry finished with 35 yards on top of his touchdown, and fellow senior Dylan Morris reeled in a three catches for 32 yards of his own. With weapons like this there’s no wonder why the triumvirate wears the numbers one (Perry), two (Morris), and three (France).
Whidden said that having so many weapons on the field at once makes it difficult for defenses to prepare.

“That’s tough to defend,” Whidden said. “The immediate threat you think of is Dylan because he can a 95-yard score on every play. If the coverage softens up you have Manny and Tedaro underneath and there’s just so many options we have in the passing game that it’s tough to defend all of them.”

France said that playing together with his teammates for nearly a decade has helped him and everyone else jell and succeed on the field.

“We’ve been playing together since we were all eight,” France said. “We know each other. We know what we do. We know we can win.”

Recap: No. 22 BC High 31, Dartmouth 0

September, 22, 2012

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.

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”