Boston High School: Dave Rollins

Recap: No. 11 Beverly 35, Marblehead 14

November, 10, 2012
BEVERLY, Mass. -— The mark of a truly good offense is to have the ability to put fear, well maybe not shriek out loud fear, into opposing coaches as they spend countless hours trying to figure out how to slow you down.

Beverly has that ability. Even though they were bottled up for 22 minutes in its pivotal game yesterday at Hurd Stadium, those in attendance knew the Panthers were one or two plays from changing their fortunes and posting points in bunches.

That play happened on the opening kickoff of the second half when Brendan Flaherty diced through the Marblehead special teams for 51 yards and kick-started an offensive attack in the Panthers 35-14 victory to secure the Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Tier 2 title.

Jim Rudloff knew what it was like as a member of the Beverly staff way back when, and yesterday he had to wrap his head around how to slow down the Panthers even if it was momentarily.

“Good luck to everybody that plays them going forward,” said Rudloff. “You can come up with the most brilliant things for them in the world, but they are just too good. You make one mistake, you turn your hips the wrong way, and you can see it coming before it happens. You can hear the coaches on the sideline just say ‘Oh, God,’ and then they are gone.”

The Panthers didn’t throw a pass in the second half and put up 28 points in the final two quarters thanks to 274 rushing yards. Flaherty led all rushers with 190 yards on 19 carries, with 152 and two scores coming in the third quarter alone.

Kenny Pierce added 67 yards and the exclamation point touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Panthers offense got contributing touchdowns from Isiah White and Dom Abate.

It’s a “Pick-Your-Poison” kind of offense in Beverly and when they hit their stride it’s really hard to slow down, most recently in the second half of yesterday’s winner-take-all game.

“Definitely better in the second half,” Panthers head coach Dan Bauer said of the offensive production. “It was a fight (in the first half)...It was a great team, program victory.”

Fourth downs: The Magicians were trying to pull the trick of keeping the Panthers offense off the field for most of the game. The first drive was a near picture-perfect diagram in how to do it. Marblehead picked up four first downs on the first drive and converted on 1-of-2 fourth down conversions.

The Magicians didn’t accumulate points, but the trend of going for it on fourth down started to rear it’s head. Marblehead was 3-of-4 on fourth down in the first half and Ian Maag connected with Dylan Cressey for a 27-yard touchdown on fourth-and-6 to tie the game at 7 in the second quarter.

The success on third and fourth down didn’t translate over, as the Panthers defense, led by Mike Dooling, Zach Dugid and Sam Mulumba, forced the Magicians' offense off the field and allowed their offense to get in a flow.

“When you got a kid like Maag and those running backs, they are good,” said Bauer. “That’s what teams are trying to do. Fortunately we were able to get some momentum and make some big plays.”

MAR (8-2) 0 – 7 – 0 – 7 --- 14
BEV (10-0) 0 – 7 – 14 – 14 --- 35

Second Quarter
B — Dom Abate 24 pass from Dave Rollins (Harry Brown kick)
M — Dylan Cressey 27 pass from Ian Maag (Joe Newall kick)

Third Quarter
B — Brendan Flaherty 6 run (Brown kick)
B — Flaherty 44 run (Brown kick)

Fourth Quarter
B — Isiah White 10 run (Brown kick)
M — Maag 1 run (Newall kick)
B — Kenny Pierce 34 run (Brown kick)

Rollins gets the call for Beverly

December, 4, 2010

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When sophomore Beverly backup quarterback Dave Rollins got the call to go into the game at the end of the first half to execute a reverse pass, he didn’t realize that his name was being called.

“With all the noise I couldn’t hear them,” Rollins said.” ‘Warm up’ they told me. I threw about three passes then they said, ‘Alright, get in there.’ We’ve practiced the play all year, but we ran it once before. First time, we ran it in the first game, but unfortunately we dropped it, but it was there. It’s a good play.”

Although the play had only been run once before during a game, it is in regular rotation during practice.

“Coach Dan [Bauer] has a term that he says every single play,” said Blake Sullivan who caught the pass from Rollins, “which is ‘black’. That means start over. I’d say 50-55 times every practice we hear ‘black’.
[+] EnlargeJoe Wioncek
John Mahoney Beverly QB Joe Wioncek scrambles during the Panthers' 28-20 win over Somerset for the Division 3 Super Bowl. However, it was Beverly's backup quarterback Dave Rollins that provided an unexpected lift for the Panthers.

“To get that reverse pass, the Panther pass, was important,” Bauer said. “That gave us a breath of fresh air and it softened them up so we could throw a little bit more. We had the play in our back pocket, we weren’t sure how much we’d need to use it, but fortunately it worked when we needed it to.”

Flaherty scored four plays later on a 15-yard fade pass, jumping over two defenders to put Beverly within six with 59 seconds left in the first half.

Beverly stopped Somerset on the following drive to the end first half, the first play of the second drive and for the remainder of the game.

“Sticking to our keys and following our heart, that’s how we found the intensity to come back,” said George Kallas.

Coach Bauer credited Kallas with keeping the team in concert after their turbulent start, as well as leading them on the day.

“When we were 0-5, our seniors stepped up and stood true to each other. George [Kallas] was instrumental in keeping the team together and keeping us focused.”

Today, Kallas lined up across from Ian Levesque, who has an inch and five pounds on top of him, having to find something other than physicality to win the battle.

“He stayed high a little early, but once he got the feel of it, he took it as a personal challenge,” Bauer added. “Levesque is one of the premier linemen in the state, but so is George. “

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” added sophomore running back Brendan Flaherty. “We wouldn’t be here without that 0-5 start. It made us hungry for the rest of these wins. Facing the adversity in the beginning of the season helped us today; we didn’t get on each other so we could come back.”

“That’s the story of our season,” added junior Mark Giles of the day’s comeback win. “We’ve been doing this all year. No one believed in us when we were 0-5, people were probably down us when we were down in the first half. We don’t give up. This team doesn’t give up.

“We don’t give up.”