Boston High School: Jackson Bockhurst

ESPN Boston Week 1 football picks

September, 6, 2012
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FRIDAY
NO. 1 EVERETT AT NO. 7 LEOMINSTER
The Skinny: Leominster has never beaten the Crimson Tide since this series began in 2002, but the Blue Devils have usually been a tough out. In 2009, the teams played to a 14-6 Tide win. The last two meetings, the Blue Devils got under the Tide’s skin early before Everett’s talent took over. But Leominster is brimming with excitement, its proud football culture awakened again following their first Super Bowl championship in a decade last fall. Everett, meanwhile, seems to be settled at every position but quarterback – and with a line averaging over 315 pounds, that will suffice. If Leominster is to pull off the upset, they’ll have to a find a way to contain electric wideouts Jakarrie Washington and Jalen Felix.

Scott Barboza: Leominster turns it into a game, but still too many horses in the stable for Everett despite the questions. Everett, 27-20.

Brendan Hall: It’s going to be a majestic crowd at Doyle, and some readers will undoubtedly conclude I’m biased towards Leominster because their defensive coordinator coached me 10 years ago at Oakmont. But I’m not. Even I’m not foolish enough to pick against the Tide in this one. Everett, 24-13.

NO. 2 BC HIGH AT NO. 22 BROCKTON
The Skinny: Injuries were an overarching theme of the preseason and both of these teams were affected. Bad news for BC High is Luke Catarius is out with a hairline ankle fracture, but Brockton should have Micah Morel in the lineup for their Week 1 challenge. We’ll get a look at the reigning Div. 1 Super Bowl champions new-look offense with Brendan Craven under center and Brandon Owens in the backfield while the Boxers will be sporting a Georgia Tech-inspired scheme with Auggie Roberts back at quarterback.

Barboza: A Jackson Bockhurst field goal will be the difference. BC High, 17-14.

Hall: Things unraveled for Brockton pretty quickly in last year’s meeting in Dorchester. The Boxers are fighting an uphill battle again this year, but at least it will be respectable. BC High, 28-14.

NO. 23 SPRINGFIELD PUTNAM AT NO. 14 SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL
The Skinny: With the schools sitting less than a mile from each other along Roosevelt Ave., the season-opening battle between these rival schools has become must-see as of late. Putnam won this contest last season, kick-starting an historic 2011 season that ended with their fifth Super Bowl title in eight seasons. Central will be looking for revenge, but it’s not easy replacing 2,000-yard rusher in Sacoy Malone. Putnam, meanwhile, turns to a plethora of new faces to replace record-setting running back Melquawn Pinkney, including quarterback Kayjuan Bynum and running back Wayne Lowery.

Barboza: I came away very impressed from talking to Central QB Cody Williams last year at Gillette. He blossoms into the real deal this year. Central, 21-16.

Hall: I like the direction Central is headed in over the long run, but Putnam is still Roosevelt Ave (See what I did there?). Putnam, 7-6.

LA SALLE ACADEMY (R.I.) AT NO. 16 NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH
The Skinny: Big Red will have its hands full opening night with their challenger from just across the state line. The Rams feature a high-octane attack led by reigning Gatorade Player of the Year running back Josh Morris and senior quarterback Anthony Francis. The key to this one will be in the trenches where North’s offensive line led by Eric Beckwith and Sean Peters could have the advantage.

Barboza: This Rams team is very talented, but North holds on – just barely. North, 28-26.

Hall: Josh Morris and Co. have been dying for that elusive win over a Massachusetts squad, and I think they finally get it here. La Salle, 17-13.

NO. 12 KING PHILIP AT DOVER (N.H.)
The Skinny: Self-admittedly, we don’t know as much about Dover as we do KP, but we can be some what certain what the Warriors will be showing them on defense. And, of course, that’s a variety of different looks and blitz and coverage schemes. Dover, which sits just outside of ESPN Boston correspondent Marc Thaler’s Granite State Top 10 poll, will also have to contend with KP quarterback John Dillon, who will enjoy a greater role directing the offense in his second year as starter.

Barboza: KP’s “Psycho” package gives Hockomock League teams fits, nevermind an offense that hasn’t seen it. KP, 28-8.

Hall: Knowing little about Dover outside of what our loyal New Hampshire correspondents tell us, I’m going to trust their convictions on this one and say it will be close. But I’m still going with the team closer to Boston. KP, 20-10.

NO. 4 ST. JOHN’S PREP AT DRACUT
The Skinny: The Middies have been a bit of a bugaboo for St. John's Prep in recent years and some around Danvers feel Dracut has simply posed a matchup problem for the Eagles with its spread attack. Good news for Prep is that their secondary, with Lucas Bavaro, Gerry Kahari, Alex Moore and Johnny Thomas, has matured into a strength of the team. Dracut senior linebacker Zach Bassett could be the key to the game, trying to slow down Prep's running attack.

Barboza: Looking for a defensive struggle here. Prep, 14-7.

Hall: Classic trap game for The Prep, against a classic trap opponent that’s had their number in recent years. Dracut, 10-6.

NORTH ANDOVER AT ANDOVER
The Skinny: North Andover's season starts with a Walsh at quarterback, but of another name. Brendan Walsh's younger brother Casey takes the helm of the Scarlet Knights' offense. It also marks North Andover's first Merrimack Valley Conference game. The Golden Warriors will counter with a high-flying attack that impressed during this summer's Northeast 7v7 passing tournament. Quarterback C.J. Scarpa has plenty of targets including Cam Farnham and Will Heikkinen.

Hall: I know it’s a familiar rival that’s been on the schedule for years, but North Andover is still in for a whole new ball game. And since it’s now officially an MVC game, there will be no less than 172 points scored and 1,000 yards of offense. Andover, 35-30.

Barboza: Ditto. Andover, 31-20.

MARSHFIELD AT CATHOLIC MEMORIAL
The Skinny: Last year at this time, Catholic Memorial entered Marshfield’s stadium with plenty of hype, behind three Division 1 FBS commits and a No. 4 preseason ranking in ESPNBoston.com’s poll. They promptly got shut out by the Rams, 24-0, fueling their ensuing seven-game win streak. The Knights will no doubt be looking to exact revenge, and they’ll look to Preseason All-State defensive end Peter Ngobidi to stifle the Rams’ vaunted run game.

Barboza: Ngobidi is a dominant force and asserts his will here. CM, 7-0.

Hall: The Knights got embarrassed last year in Marsh Vegas, and I expect them to exact revenge here. CM, 16-13.

SATURDAY
NO. 24 HOLY NAME AT NO. 17 ST. JOHN’S (SHREWSBURY)
The Skinny: For all of Holy Name’s success under Mike Pucko, the Naps have never beaten St. John’s during his tenure. Could that change on Saturday? Holy Name turns to one of the state’s most elusive scatbacks in Quron Wright, and will hope for a big day. St. John’s has already hit the injury bug, with incumbent QB Connor Kurtz (knee) out for the season, but RB Shadrach Abrokwah is a nice fit for their hurry-up scheme, and is poised for a breakout senior season.

Hall: If the Naps are ever to beat St. John’s, this has to be the year. Holy Name, 9-8.

Barboza: Hate to do this to the Naps, sorry. St. John's, 22-21.

NO. 9 DUXBURY AT NO. 8 BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM
The Skinny: B-R is itching to get over the hump after dropping its season-opener to the Dragons the past two seasons. The Trojans have some terrific talent between the tackles, led by Joey MacInnis, to pave for a big afternoon for junior tailback Arcel Armstead. Duxbury graduated one of its most talented classes ever from the 2011 Super Bowl champion squad, but still has plenty of talent left over to keep the state’s longest active win streak (26) going. Look for guard Rob Kosharek, linebacker Marshall McCarthy and running back Jon Hurvitz to have big days.

Barboza: Now that Dan Buron's nephew Andrew (former Duxbury standout) has graduated, expect the Trojans to get back to their winning ways. B-R, 14-10.

Hall: After graduating one of the program’s most talented classes ever, Marshall the Missile gets the full spotlight. And he usually gives the fans their money’s worth. Duxbury, 14-10.

CONCORD-CARLISLE AT BEVERLY
The Skinny: C-C heads into its non-league tilt with the heavy NEC/CAL Tier 2 favorite already limping, losing its star running back Tim Badgley (ACL tear) for the season. If the Patriots are to repeat last year’s Super Bowl championship success, sophomore quarterback Will Blumenberg will have to grow up quickly. Meanwhile, Beverly features one of the North Shore’s most feared rushing attacks with the three-pronged approach of Kenny Pierce, Brendan Flaherty and Dom Abate.

Barboza: ETA on when the Kenny Pierce hashtag gets rolling again? We're looking at you James Coffey. Beverly, 27-14.

Hall: I’m excited to see what Will Blumenberg can do for the Patriots, but the Panthers just have too much in the tank to be stopped in this one. Beverly, 28-7.

Roundtable: Best players, league champs

August, 20, 2012
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In our first "Roundtable" of the 2012 football season, our high school staff and correspondents submitted their best position players in the state, and predicted champions for the state's most anticipated league races.

Brendan Hall
ESPN Boston High Schools Editor


Best QB: Nick Peabody, Barnstable
Best RB: Jared Taylor, Mashpee
Best WR: Jalen Felix, Everett
Best TE: Chris Collins, Walpole
Best OL: John Montelus, Everett
Best DL: Maurice Hurst Jr., Xaverian
Best LB: Luke Catarius, BC High
Best DB: Micah Morel, Brockton
Best K: Gilly De Souza, Everett
Best RET: Cam Farnham, Andover

Catholic Conference: Xaverian
MVC Large: Andover
MVC Small: Dracut
Bay State Carey: Needham
Bay State Herget: Natick
Old Colony: Barnstable
Atlantic Coast: Nauset
South Coast: Dighton-Rehoboth
Dual County Large: Lincoln-Sudbury
Dual County Small: Wayland
Patriot Keenan: Duxbury
Patriot Fisher: Pembroke
Hockomock Kelly-Rex: North Attleborough
Hockomock Davenport: Stoughton
NEC/CAL Tier 1: Masconomet
NEC/CAL Tier 2: Beverly
Middlesex Large: Reading
Middlesex Small: Wakefield
South Shore: Mashpee

Scott Barboza
ESPN Boston High Schools Editor


Best QB: Drew Belcher, Reading
Best RB: Jonathan Thomas, St. John's Prep
Best WR: Jalen Felix, Everett
Best TE: Chris Collins, Walpole
Best OL: John Montelus, Everett
Best DL: Maurice Hurst Jr., Xaverian
Best LB: Luke Catarius, BC High
Best DB: Alex Moore, St. John's Prep
Best K: Gilly De Souza, Everett
Best RET: Cam Farnham, Andover

Catholic Conference: BC High
MVC Large: Andover
MVC Small: Dracut
Bay State Carey: Weymouth
Bay State Herget: Natick
Old Colony: Barnstable
Atlantic Coast: Marshfield
South Coast: Dighton-Rehoboth
Dual County Large: Lincoln-Sudbury
Dual County Small: Concord-Carlisle
Patriot Keenan: Duxbury
Patriot Fisher: Pembroke
Hockomock Kelly-Rex: King Philip
Hockomock Davenport: Stoughton
NEC/CAL Tier 1: Lynn English
NEC/CAL Tier 2: Beverly
Middlesex Large: Reading
Middlesex Small: Wakefield
South Shore: Mashpee

Adam Kurkjian
ESPN Boston correspondent


Best QB: Drew Belcher, Reading
Best RB: Jonathan Thomas, St. John's Prep
Best WR: Jakarrie Washington, Everett
Best TE: Chris Collins, Walpole
Best OL: John Montelus, Everett
Best DL: Maurice Hurst Jr., Xaverian
Best LB: Luke Catarius, BC High
Best DB: Jalen Felix, Everett
Best K: Jackson Bockhurst, BC High
Best RET: Ozzy Colarusso, Weymouth

Catholic Conference: BC High
MVC Large: Central Catholic
MVC Small: Haverhill
Bay State Carey: Weymouth
Bay State Herget: Walpole
Old Colony: Bridgewater-Raynham
Atlantic Coast: Dennis-Yarmouth
South Coast: Wareham
Dual County Large: Lincoln-Sudbury
Dual County Small: Concord-Carlisle
Patriot Keenan: Duxbury
Patriot Fisher: Pembroke
Hockomock Kelly-Rex: King Philip
Hockomock Davenport: Stoughton
NEC/CAL Tier 1: Lynn English
NEC/CAL Tier 2: Beverly
Middlesex Large: Reading
Middlesex Small: Wakefield
South Shore: Mashpee

Ryan Kilian
Founder, New England Prep Stars


Best QB: Drew Belcher, Reading
Best RB: Jonathan Thomas, St. John's Prep
Best WR: Jalen Felix, Everett
Best TE: Chris Collins, Walpole
Best OL: John Montelus, Everett
Best DL: Maurice Hurst Jr., Xaverian
Best LB: Luke Catarius, BC High
Best DB: Alex Moore, St. John's Prep
Best K: Gilly De Souza, Everett
Best RET: Cam Farnham, Andover

Catholic Conference: BC High
MVC Large: Central Catholic
MVC Small: Haverhill
Bay State Carey: Weymouth
Bay State Herget: Natick
Old Colony: Barnstable
Atlantic Coast: Dennis-Yarmouth
South Coast: Dighton-Rehoboth
Dual County Large: Lincoln-Sudbury
Dual County Small: Concord-Carlisle
Patriot Keenan: Duxbury
Patriot Fisher: Pembroke
Hockomock Kelly-Rex: Mansfield
Hockomock Davenport: Stoughton
NEC/CAL Tier 1: Masconomet
NEC/CAL Tier 2: Beverly
Middlesex Large: Reading
Middlesex Small: Wakefield
South Shore: Mashpee

Corey Allen
ESPN Boston Correspondent


Best QB: Nick Peabody, Barnstable
Best RB: Brendan Flaherty, Beverly
Best WR: Jakarrie Washington, Everett
Best TE: Chris Collins, Walpole
Best OL: John Montelus, Everett
Best DL: Peter Ngobidi, Catholic Memorial
Best LB: Luke Catarius, BC High
Best DB: Jalen Felix, Everett
Best K: Gilly De Souza, Everett
Best RET: Cam Farnham, Andover

Catholic Conference: BC High
MVC Large: Central Catholic
MVC Small: Dracut
Bay State Carey: Needham
Bay State Herget: Walpole
Old Colony: Bridgewater-Raynham
Atlantic Coast: Nauset
South Coast: Wareham
Dual County Large: Lincoln-Sudbury
Dual County Small: Boston Latin
Patriot Keenan: Duxbury
Patriot Fisher: Pembroke
Hockomock Kelly-Rex: North Attleborough
Hockomock Davenport: Stoughton
NEC/CAL Tier 1: Masconomet
NEC/CAL Tier 2: Beverly
Middlesex Large: Reading
Middlesex Small: Wakefield
South Shore: Mashpee

Recap: BC High 34, Chelmsford 13

November, 30, 2011
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LOWELL, Mass. -- They say it is always tough to beat a team twice in a season. On Tuesday night, BC High accomplished that feat defeating Chelmsford for the second time this season, 34-13, in the Eastern Massachusetts Division 1 semifinal at Lowell’s Cawley Stadium.

Chelmsford began the game with a drive that saw them move the ball all the way down to the BC High 23-yard line. BC High linebacker James Moynahan then made the play of the first quarter as he picked off Chelmsford quarterback Colby Emanouil at the 18-yard line. The interception set up a Bartley Regan 14-yard out to Gordon McLeod followed by a 68-yard touchdown burst from senior Deontae Ramey-Doe.

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Ryan Kilian for ESPN.comTemple-bound Jameson McShea and the BC High defense kept Chelmsford's offensive stars in check.
“It was a toss to the outside,” Ramey-Doe said. “ I saw that the defense was heading to the outside so I had to cut it back and I only had one tackle to break until it was just wide open.”

Chelmsford would answer back on the second play of the second quarter as Emanouil got wide and took it around the left side for a 6-yard touchdown run.

After a Regan strike to Lincoln Collins made it 14-7 BC High in the second quarter senior defensive back Yosa Nosamiefan stepped in front of an Emanouil pass and took it 47 yards to the end zone to extend the Eagles' lead to 21-7 heading into the half.

BC High kept Emanouil and running back Eddie Sheridan in check for most of the night as the two Lions’ offensive stars struggled to break their typical “big plays”.

“They [Chelmsford] were tough, but we worked real hard in practice over the past few days and knew that their running game was going to be a challenge,” BC High junior linebacker Luke Catarius said.

Chelmsford also proved stout against the run on the evening which gave Regan more opportunities to throw the ball. The BC High senior signal caller found his favorite target McLeod to open the second half on a 12-yard corner end zone strike to extend the lead to 27-7 with 8:05 remaining in the third.

“Each game we have a different scheme,” BC High head coach Jon Bartlett said. “We wanted to throw the ball a little more tonight. They had great pressure and our guys did a good job of picking them up.”

Sheridan finally found the end zone in the third quarter as the senior scored his 25th rushing touchdown of the season on a 4-yard burst through the middle of the line. The touchdown cut the lead to 27-13 and gave the Lions momentum heading into the fourth quarter.

“I thought our defense responded well,” said Bartlett. “We stress all the time that if big plays happen you just have to forget about it and get to the next play.”

BC High stepped up their effort after Sheridan’s score and used the clock to their advantage as Moynahan capped off the game in the final quarter with an 18-yard touchdown run to seal the win and send BC High to the Division 1 Super Bowl.

“It feels great,” said Ramey-Doe of getting to Gillette and the Super Bowl. “A lot of us have been here (BC High) for four or even five years now, from our middle school class. It is a real great experience and we are all happy.”

Trusting the O-Line
Ramey-Doe also credited his offensive line for their strong play on the evening. Along with Temple-bound tight end Jameson McShea the Eagles scored 34 points on one of the state’s stingiest defenses.

“Our offensive line has been getting better and better each week,” Ramey-Doe said. “I trust them that if I just work hard and hit the holes they will be there.”

Ramey-Doe has seen his carries and role dramatically increase as he became BC High’s primary ball carrier with the season ending ankle injury to star senior tailback Preston Cooper against Everett during the regular season.

Chelmsford recap
Chelmsford concludes their season with a 10-2 record and graduates a stellar senior class led by Boston College-bound linebacker Tim Joy, linebacker Corey Everleigh, defensive end Brett Harrington, along with Emanouil and Sheridan.

“I am real proud of our kids,” Chelmsford head coach Bruce Rich said. “These guys are outstanding. They have great size and great talent over there.”

1st Quarter
B – Deontae Ramey-Doe 68 run (Jackson Bockhorst kick)

2nd Quarter
C – Colby Emanouil 6 run (Charlie Calenda kick)
B – Lincoln Collins 13 pass from Bartley Regan (Bockhorst kick)
B – Yosa Nosamiefan 47 interception return (Bockhorst kick)

3rd Quarter
B – Gordon McLeod 12 pass from Regan (kick failed)
C – Eddie Sheridan 4 run (kick failed)

4th Quarter
B – James Moynahan 18 run (Bockhorst kick)

Recap: No. 3 BC High 13, No. 5 CM 0

November, 24, 2011
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WEST ROXBURY, Mass. –- Jackson Bockhorst booted two 30-plus-yard field goals and Luke Catarius added a 1-yard rush to lead the BC Eagles over host Catholic Memorial 13-0 to capture the Catholic Conference title on Thanksgiving morning.

“This was a great win,” said BC High coach Jon Bartlett. “We came in saying bend but don’t break. They’re going to get some yards, but and the end of the day the only thing that matters is the scoreboard.”

BC scored on their first possession with a 31-yard field goal from Bockhorst. CM then went three-and-out and BC converted one first down on the following possession, but a failed fair catch by Catholic Memorial at their 20 gave Bockhorst enough room for a 35-yard field goal to put the Eagles up 6-0 with 8:11 left in the second quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, CM stopped BC High on the BC High 14. After three plays, it was 4th and 2 on the 22. A.J. Doyle took the ball from under center and made a dive forward, but linebacker John Snee and lineman Jaleel Johnson shot the A-gaps and stopped Doyle for no gain.

On the ensuing drive, CM had the Eagles on their heels with a third and four situation, and although Camren Williams stopped Deontae Ramey-Doe short of the first down, an unnecessary roughness penalty against CM for hitting Ramey-Doe after the play set up the first down. Catarius (12 rushes, 28 yards) took three straight rushes and the third got him into the end zone.

“I wanted, the ball, coach gave it to me and I knew the linemen were going to make the blocks,” Catarius said. “Bartley gave me the ball, we put it in and it was just a great feeling.”

CM made it 31 yards on the ensuing drive and Doyle was looking towards the end zone on second and five from the 27, but James Moynohan came up with his second take away of the day, this an interception for a touchback with 2:10 left, affording BC High with the opportunity to run out the clock.

ON THE SIDE BUT OUT FRONT


After the game, the injured Preston Cooper led the BC High Eagles across the red CM emblem to shake hands. He says that even though he is not playing, his teammates have helped make it easier by being encouraging.

“They’ve been great to me, supporting me throughout my injury, so I am happy for them," Cooper said. "I’m going to be there to support them no matter what.”After the game, in the team’s huddle, they gave a chant in his honor.

EAGLE EYE


Moynahan came up with the interception late in the game, but it was very deliberate.

“Coach said watch the rear route, which he ran," Moynahan said. "Coming out, I figured they’d were going to run the exact same play so I just went to the corner of the end zone, he threw it up and I just tried to out jump him.”

Moynahan’s first take away on the morning was a failed fair catch by Catholic Memorial with 9:09 to go in the second quarter.

“Coach always said get to the ball and stay in front of it,” added Moynahan. “That’s just what I was trying to do."

STUFFING
At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, A.J. Doyle usually had his way in between the tackles, muscling for a yard or two almost at will. On fourth and inches, Snee and Johnson split the center, clogging the A gaps and, along with Jameson McShea and other Eagles, stopped Doyle from the first down and set up the Knights’ sole touchdown on the day.

“I knew [Snee] was going to shoot the other side, I pinched in, grabbed his legs and then everyone came in and ran him over,” Johnson said.

BIG FOOT
Six-foot-three, 210-pound junior kicker Jackson Bockhorst got three calls to put it between the posts and he answered them all.

“In practice, he’s been working everyday getting better and better the whole season,” Ramey-Doe said. “[Today] was just like practice for him.”

RUNNING RAMEY-DOE
Although it doesn’t appear in the box score, Ramey-Doe’s 23 rushes for 100 yards were key for the Eagles, and even topped the Knights’ 90 total yards during the game.

“The [offensive] line, they’re always doing their job. I just have to follow them and trust the holes."

BC High -- 3 3 0 7 -- 13
CM -- 0 0 0 0 -- 0


1st quarter
BC – Jackson Brockhorst 31 FG

2nd quarter
BC – Jackson Brockhorst 35 FG

4th quarter
BC – Luke Catarius 1 run (Brockhorst kick)

Recap: No. 5 BC High 16, No. 8 Xaverian 6

November, 5, 2011
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BOSTON – Preston Cooper might have been BC High’s lightning in a bottle, but Deontae Ramey-Doe packs plenty of thunder.

Now, as the No. 5 Eagles’ feature back, following Cooper’s season-ending injury against Everett, Ramey-Doe has kept up his counterpart’s stride. Along with a stifling defense, Ramey-Doe’s 206-yard, two-touchdown effort propelled the Eagles’ key 16-6 Catholic Conference victory over No. 8 Xaverian at Viola Stadium.

“Deonte runs hard,” Eagles head coach Jon Bartlett said. “We told him that we’re not expecting [him] to be Preston for the rest of the season, we just want him to run hard. And he did that tonight.”

Ramey-Doe had BC High (6-3, 2-0) to a 13-0 halftime lead after two second-quarter rushing touchdowns of 28 and 44 yards.

Meanwhile, the Eagles’ defense was downright dominant in the first 22 minutes, allowing just three yards of offense and holding the Hawks (5-4, 1-1) to a single first down.

Xaverian didn’t break up the Eagles’ shutout bid until the inside the two-minute warning on Austin DeCarr’s 32-yard pass to Mike Warren.

HOLDING THE LINE
Bartlett considers the Hawks’ linemen as the strength of the team, so he had to be pleased with the way his offensive and defensive linemen controlled the point of attack on both sides of the ball.

The Eagles offensive line of Bill Breen, Jake Durkin, Jack McDonald, Mike Prendeville and Justin Roberts along with fullback Luke Catarius and tight end Jameson McShea, gashed holes in the Hawks’ line, easily allowing Ramey-Doe entry to the second level of the Xaverian D.

Meanwhile, the Eagles defensive line was equally disruptive. Defensive end Adam Richard (3 tackles for loss) set up shop in the Hawks’ backfield along with McShea (sack).

Linebacker Zach West also killed a promising Hawks drive inside the red zone with an interception at the end of the third quarter.

“We used our speed to our advantage,” said McShea, a Temple commit. “They had a lot of big gaps that we took advantage of with our speed … We know that our linebackers can fill the holes.”

FILLING BIG SHOES
With Cooper and Ramey-Doe in the backfield, the Eagles had perhaps the most potent rushing duo in the state. And, while you might have thought BC High would lose its big-play ability with the loss of Cooper, it’s just been more of the same with Ramey-Doe in his last two games making the start.

“I just have to do what I can do,” the 6-foot, 180-pound senior back said.

Cooper was in attendance, watching the game from the sideline. So when Ramey-Doe scored his second touchdown of the game, he made it a point to give a high five to his injured teammate on the way back to the bench area.

But now Ramey-Doe must forge his own identity, which to no small extent will be the Eagles’ offensive identity down the stretch run of the season.

So far, pretty good.

“We’re different runners, me and Preston,” Ramey-Doe said. “I like to run between the tackles a little bit more. But as long as the linemen keep doing their job, like they did tonight, we’ll be all set.”

DOING IT FOR NO. 4
Cooper remains on the forefront of the Eagles’ minds.

Many of the BC High players carved out No. 4 on their eye black strips. Cooper’s white jersey hung on the kicking net a few feet from where the Wareham native watched Friday’s game.

In the waning seconds of the Eagles’ wins, fellow captains Bartley Regan and Gordon McLeod came over to congratulate Cooper on the win. He was also a part of the celebratory postgame breakdown with his teammates forming a semicircle around his wheelchair.

“He has a lot of spirit for us and just having him around is great,” said McShea, who typically carpools with Cooper to school on the way from the Cape. “I love having him back on the field with us now.”

Xaverian (5-4, 1-1) 0 0 0 6 -- 6
BC High (6-3, 2-0) 0 13 0 3 -- 16


2nd quarter
BC -Deontae Ramey-Doe 28-yard run (kick blocked)
BC - Ramey-Doe 44-yard run (Jackson Bockhurst kick)

4th quarter
BC - Bockhurst 30-yard field goal
X - Mike Warren 32-yard pass from Austin DeCarr (pass failed)

Recap: No. 1 Everett 35, No. 3 BC High 21

October, 23, 2011
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EVERETT, Mass. –- It’s always a numbers game against No. 1 Everett’s offense.

Stack the box and Jonathan DiBiaso will pick apart a secondary. Slip too many people into coverage and Vondell Langston is equally adept at gashing a defense.

Either way, there’s no simple solution and, as the Crimson Tide showed in their 35-21 win over No. 3 BC High on Saturday afternoon, maybe there’s simply too much to stop.

“We know that if they play one side, they’re bound to leave the other side open,” Crimson Tide wide receiver Jalen Felix said. “So I feel as though they can’t cover all of us.

“There’s 11 men on both sides, but they can’t cover all of us.”

Everett (7-0) played the role of aggressor from the game’s onset recovering an onside kick to start the game. Five plays later, the Crimson Tide had an instant 7-0 lead with Vondell Langston’s first of two rushing scores. Along with two rushing touchdowns by quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso, Everett took a 28-14 lead to the half.

It didn’t matter much how they drew it up, the Crimson Tide kept the Eagles (4-3) guessing. Langston turned in his second straight game going over 100 yards (20 carries, 102 yards) while DiBiaso settled into a groove with the passing game (14 of 28, 252 yards, TD) and creating additional offense with his 52 rushing yards.

"If there's five guys in the box, we run,” Everett head coach John DiBiaso said. “If there's seven, we pass. The whole first half, I think there was five in the box. So that means that we've got five blockers on five defenders, so we're going to run the ball and we did. Second half, they came out with six.”

After moving the BC High defenders up into the box, that gave DiBiaso the space to continue his assault on the state’s career touchdown record. The left-handed signal-caller is now three off of Tommy Colombo’s record after a 64-yard connection with Jaylen McRae in the third quarter.

Still, the Eagles were not without their own offensive highlights. Eagles quarterback Bartley Regan also dialed up two touchdown connections of greater than 60 yards with a 72-yard hitch-and-go to Lincoln Collins and a 60-yard bomb caught in stride by Yosa Nosamiefan.

In addition, running back Preston Cooper, the reigning Catholic Conference MVP, was elusive again with 15 carries for 161 yards including a dazzling 58-yard touchdown run in the third.

However, Cooper likely played in his last high school game after suffering a dislocated ankle with less than a minute to play in the third quarter. On the drive following his touchdown run, Cooper was cut down on a tackle in between the hash marks. An audible cry for help underlined the severity of the injury.

"It's a big loss losing Preston," Eagles head coach Jon Bartlett said. "He's one of the top players in the state, if not the top running back in the state."

A STAR IS BORN?
The talent Everett enjoyed with receiving duo of Manny Asprilla and Matt Costello last season is about as common a find as Haley’s comet, but the Crimson Tide have plenty of horses in the stable this year with juniors Kenny Calaj, Jakarrie Washington and Jalen Felix.

Felix’s play was downright electric on the second quarter drive that resulted in DiBiaso’s second rushing touchdown. The 6-foot, 180-pounder added 57 receiving yards on two of the most amazing catches you’ll ever encounter.

The highlight was Felix’s 18-yard reception to set Everett up with a first goal at the BC High 4-yard line. On the play, Felix lost his balance and was hurdling toward the turf with tight coverage provided by the Eagles’ corner. No problem. Felix simply made a one-handed grab with his back to the ground with the defender in his back pocket.

“I just slipped,” Felix said. “I was just thinking, I have to catch this ball.”

Felix acknowledged that no one player, even in the talented cache of weapons DiBiaso has at his fingertips, is greater than the sum of the whole.

“If I make a good play, it’s because of my teammates,” Felix said. “It’s not because of me., it’s because they did their jobs that I had the opportunity to do mine and vice versa.”

Even their coach was in awe.

“I think you saw some of the finest plays you’ll ever see in a high school football game today,” DiBiaso added.

… WITH THAT SAID
The Eagles actually did a fair job of slowing down the Tide in pass coverage. Gordon McLeod came away with an interception while Nosamiefan and Deontae Ramey-Doe each had two passes defensed.

BC High also had spurts of pressure put on DiBiaso with a Jameson McShea tallying a sack and Luke Catarius single-handedly blowing up a couple of running plays in the backfield.

It just wasn’t quite enough to hold in the end.

“Our DBs played well,” Bartlett said. “We challenged them and they rose to the occasion.”

MOMENTUM SHIFTS
You could practically hard a pin drop when Cooper went to the turf following his grizzly injury (save for some nimrods who celebrated the injury in an utterly tasteless and classless display from the sideline). But more than Cooper’s absence, the play provided yet another negative shift of momentum for the Eagles.

“There were a few plays that we hurt ourselves,” Bartlett said. “I give a lot of credit to Everett and they’re a good team, but there were a number of times where we shot ourselves in the foot.”

There were interceptions by Felix and corner Gilly DeSouza, in addition to a fumble recovery by DeSouza. There were also a pair of roughing the kicker penalties, which extended Everett drives in the second half.

It all left the Eagles asking what if?

HIGH PRAISE
DiBiaso said he was sickened by the injury to Cooper and the reaction of a few in attendance. He also laid heavy praise on the wounded Eagle, comparing Cooper to some of the Crimson Tide’s best.

“We’ve had guys like Isaac Johnson and Diamond Ferri in the past, he’s right up there with those guys.

“They were just trying to let him pick his way. He’s a talented running back. If you overplay, he cuts it back. Then you think he’s going to cut back and he takes it out wide.”

BC High (4-3) 7 7 7 0 -- 21
Everett (7-0) 14 14 7 0 -- 35

1st quarter
E - Vondell Langston 12-yard run (Gilly DeSouza kick)
BC - Lincoln Collins 72-yard pass from Bartley Regan (Jackson Bockhurst kick)
E - Langston 3-yard run (DeSouza kick)

2nd quarter
E - Jonathan DiBiaso 2-yard run (DeSouza kick)
E - DiBiaso 4-yard run (Gilly DeSouza kick)
BC - Yosa Nosamiefan 60-yard pass from Regan (Bockhurst kick)

3rd quarter
BC - Preston Cooper 58-yard run (Bockhurst kick)
E - Jaylen McRae 64-yard pass from DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick)

Recap: St. Peter's Prep (N.J.) 35, No. 3 BC High 19

October, 1, 2011
10/01/11
6:42
PM ET



DORCHESTER, Mass. -- It wasn't a pretty afternoon for No. 3 BC High in its matchup with visiting New Jersey power St. Peter's Prep, and that was the point.

The Eagles (2-2) showed some late life in their 35-19 loss to the Marauders (2-2) at Viola Stadium, but on a whole they just couldn't find an answer for West Virginia-bound quarterback Brandon Napoleon (145 offensive yards, 2 total TD) or running backs Jared Crayton (17 carries, 104 yards, 2 TD) and Jonathan Hilliman (7 carries, 80 yards, TD).

And for BC High head coach Jon Bartlett, that's just what they wanted to see.

"This is why we play this game," he said. "Obviously, we're disappointed with the loss, but we want our guys to play at a different level leading up to the [Catholic] Conference. Hopefully this helps. Again, [we're] disappointed, but in the big picture, playing faster, playing stronger, playing at a different level...right now Northern New Jersey is a little ahead of Massachusetts, but this is good for us in the long run."

Napoleon Dynamite: If Napoleon was rusty after not playing the previous six quarters headed into this one (Napoleon suffered a concussion two weeks ago, and New Jersey rules mandate a minimum seven days out from the injury before clearing), he did a good job hiding it. Picture Catholic Memorial's Penn State-bound athlete Armani Reeves, but two inches taller.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior is committed to West Virginia as an athlete, not a quarterback, and after seeing him take off down the sidelines it's evident why. Sure, he throws a crisp ball; but his elite speed has to have the coaching staff in Morgantown excited about mixing and matching him all over the field. Napoleon also plays in the secondary, and returns kicks -- including a 78-yard return for a touchdown today.

"He's going to be playing on Saturdays, guys are going to be watching him some day at West Virginia," Bartlett said. "I thought we did an OK job handling him. That kick return was a killer, but he's a real good player."

Said Marauders head coach Rich Hansen, "He shook the rust off a little bit. We didn't throw the ball all that much with him, but he's got a great arm, and it was good to see him run the offense and get back into the flow. The best thing is we got out of here with him healthy."

Breaking in Bartley: BC High quarterback Bartley Regan started off slow in spite of a 50-yard second quarter touchdown strike to Lincoln Collins (6 catches, 84 yards), headed into the break with two picks. He finished up strong though, going 6 for 8 in the fourth quarter for 72 yards and a scoring strike to John Arons with 17 seconds left for the afternoon's final tally.

Keying that final scoring drive were two seven-yard passes to Collins and Gordon McLeod on fourth down, both times inside St. Peter's red zone, to keep the chains moving. Regan finished up 13 of 24 for 204 yards, two scores and two interceptions.

Facing an imposing secondary filled with a depth of size and speed without parallel in the Bay State, it was evident at the outset this was going to take some getting used to for Regan, who displays polished mechanics and is reportedly fielding Division 1 interest.

"We told the guys, these kids are teenagers just like you," Bartlett said. "Anyway, he settled down, and I applaud the effort of our guys. It's disappointing that we lost, but we played hard."

Catarius out: Junior linebacker Luke Catarius, a Division 1 recruit, missed today's game with an illness, but should be expected back in the lineup next week when the Eagles take on Central Catholic.

"Obviously, not having Luke in there hurts," Bartlett said. "But, you know, as we told the guys, it doesn't matter. Whatever 11 is out there, we need to get the job done."

High marks from Hansen: Hansen noted the respect BC High has regionally, and pointed out Eagles running back Preston Cooper as well as Regan.

"We knew about him, we knew he was the go-to guy," Hansen said. "He's a back that you know can carry a team, because we've watched him do it. The quarterback did have a good day. He's a competitor, and he has those weapons in 80 (McLeod), 83 (tight end Jameson McShea) and 11 (Collins), so that makes them a dangerous team.

"You can't load the box up on them to stop that kid [Cooper], because they can toss it. Their quarterback I thought did a nice job today."

ST. PETER'S PREP 35, BC HIGH 19

SPP (2-2) 0 21 7 7 --- 35
BCH (2-2) 0 7 0 12 --- 19

Second Quarter
S - Michael Giacone 7 pass from Brandon Napoleon (Liam Gilmore kick) 10:52
S - Jared Crayton 5 run (Gilmore kick) 7:27
B - Deonte Ramey-Doe 50 pass from Bartley Regan (Jackson Bockhurst kick) 4:51
S - Jonathan Hilliman 7 run (Gilmore kick) 2:20

Third Quarter
S - Crayton 3 run (Gilmore kick) 6:00

Fourth Quarter
B - Preston Cooper 4 run (kick failed) 5:51
S - Napoleon 78 kick return (Gilmore kick) 5:35
B - John Arons 11 pass from Regan (pass failed) 0:17

Recap: No. 5 BC High 35, No. 8 Chelmsford 14

September, 24, 2011
9/24/11
12:10
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BC High School footballJon Mahoney for ESPNBoston.comPreston Cooper ran for 123 yards and returned an 82-yard kickoff to spark the Eagles on Friday night.


CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- Things went from bad to worse quickly for No. 8 Chelmsford team Friday against No. 5 BC High. Gordon McLeod fielded the opening kickoff at his 17-yard line and took it all the way for a touchdown. From there, the rout was on and the Eagles came away with a 35-14 victory.

Chelmsford’s Eddie Sheridan took the next kickoff back 60 yards down to the BC High (2-1) 30, and it seemed like the game might turn into an instant classic. The Lions went four-and-out however, and BC High proceeded to drive 75 yards for another touchdown.

The Lions (2-1) got on the board in the second when Colby Emanouil hit Matt Rabbito from one-yard away, capping off a long, systematic drive down the field to make it 14-6.

Not to be outdone by his teammate, Preston Cooper took the ensuing kickoff back 82 yards for a touchdown, negating the entire Chelmsford drive in one play.

“Me and (Gordon) always talk and joke around in practice and say ‘Oh if you get one, I want to get one,’ so he got one and I said, ‘I’m gonna get one this time,’ and I got one,” said Cooper.

Cooper was also the leading rusher in the game, with 20 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown.

“Preston is a special player,” said BC High coach Jon Bartlett. “He’s a play-maker. You have to give him the football, whether it’s on a kick return, a handoff, or a pass route, he has to touch the ball.”

BC High took a 28-6 lead into the half and never looked back.

Sheridan was the leading rusher for the Lions, with 18 rushes for 103 yards and a touchdown. He was also his teams leading receiver with three catches for 39 yards. His quarterback, Emanouil, had a difficult night through the air. He finished the game 8-of-20 for 71 yards with an interception and a touchdown. It was hard to tell how much, if any, the wet weather contributed to his struggles.

A few other observations from the game:

Running wild: The ground game was so effective for BC High that Regan attempted only one pass in the second half. He ended the game 3-of-10 for 49 yards and a touchdown. After Chelmsford took 6:44 off the clock in the third quarter driving for its second touchdown, the Eagles answered with a 5:53, 70-yard drive that spanned both quarters. When Luke Catarius punched it in to make it 35-14, that was the final nail in the coffin for Chelmsford.

“We saw that they were tired and Coach wanted us to keep pounding them, so that’s what we did and it worked,” said Cooper. “Being conditioned helps. That’s what got us through that whole drive.”

Bulletin board: There was added motivation in the game for BC High. First, the team wanted to avenge its 49-35 loss to DePaul Catholic last week.

“We went down to New Jersey and really didn’t know what to expect,” said Cooper. “But that’s Massachusetts football and that’s New Jersey football. We just had to come out and play hard and that’s what we did. We didn’t do that last week and that’s what happened.”

There was also talk in the days leading up to the game that fueled the BC High fire Friday.

“We heard there was rumors that their quarterback (Emanouil) was guaranteeing victory and all that, but we just put it aside and used it as motivation and we took it out on the field.”

Weathering the storm: It did not appear that way on the scoreboard, but the elements may have helped the Chelmsford offense during the game. On multiple occasions, Emanouil found himself under immense pressure from the BC High defensive line and had to use his feet to escape. On one particular play, he ran what appeared to be 40 yards horizontally in what ended up being only a one-yard gain. Sheridan also found himself in trouble and had to go horizontally to get away from defensive end Adam Richard and others. It appeared they were being assisted by BC High arm tackles, which might be a result of the wet weather on the field Friday.

“It was a combo of everything,” said Bartlett. “We have to get better, we definitely have to get better. That’s part of (Sheridan) being a good back, but maybe part of it was the weather. I don’t know. But we have to be better tackling.”

Lost in transition: Two particular exchanges proved costly for Chelmsford.

In the second quarter, on the first offensive play following Cooper’s kick return touchdown, there was a fumbled handoff between the quarterback and running back, which was recovered by BC High in Chelmsford territory. Then a Chelmsford player was called for a personal foul penalty, bringing BC High closer. On the next play, a defensive lineman jumped offsides, bringing BC high even closer. That made it very easy for Cooper to run eight yards off left tackle for a touchdown.

Then, after getting the ball back late in the quarter, Chelmsford was driving down to its own 25. Emanouil dropped back and looked to throw to a receiver running an out-pattern. That receiver was double-covered and Richard Roach intercepted the pass, ending any hope Chelmsford had of making it a two-score game going into the half.


BC HIGH 35, CHELMSFORD 14
B (2-1) --- 14 14 0 7 - 35
C (2-1) --- 0 6 8 0 - 14

1st quarter
B - Gordon McLeod 83 kick return (Jackson Bockhurst kick)
B - Jameson McShea 10 pass from Bartley Regan (Bockhurst kick)

2nd quarter
C - Matt Rabbito 1-yard pass from Colby Emanouil (kick failed)
B - Preston Cooper 82-yard kickoff return (Bockhurst kick)
B - Cooper 4-yard run (Bockhurst kick)

3rd quarter
C - Eddie Sheridan 5-yard run (Matt Rabbito run)

4th quarter
B - Luke Catarius 6 run (Bockhurst kick)

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