Boston High School: Sean McCall

Balanced B-R attack overtakes Weymouth

December, 1, 2010

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -– It was a tale of two halves for Billy Zolga but all that matters is a win in the end.

The senior quarterback Zolga was an efficient 7-of-10 under center for 148 yards with three of his seven completions going for touchdowns but Bridgewater-Raynham dominated previous undefeated Weymouth in the second half with their ground game in a 34-22 victory in front of the their home crowd to advance to the Division 1A Super Bowl this Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

While Zolga did throw one interception that resulted in a Wildcats' touchdown, most of the senior signal caller's damage came in the first half with 134 yards on 5-of-7 passing before turning the game over to his backfield - junior tailback Branden Morin and senior captain Mike Chicoine.

Morin was the workhorse with 28 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns and was the major cog in the Trojans' ability to control the clock in the second half. Morin replaced starting tailback Nick Schlatz due to Schlatz's shoulder injury in the third quarter of Bridgewater-Raynham's big win over Brockton on Thanksgiving.

Chicoine had 59 yards on eight carries before also leaving with an lower leg injury with less then five minutes to play in regulation.

“Brandon Morin stepped up huge, we needed a lot of guys to step up for Nick Schlatz, and they did it. It was a great team effort, a great team win,” Trojans head coach Dan Buron said. “We knew they were going to stop the run and figured we would get a little play action pass going but we changed in the second half cause I like the clock to run.”

Weymouth drew first blood on their first series with a 73-yard, nine-play drive finished by quarterback Mitch Temple with a 17-yard floater to junior receiver Khary Bailey-Smith.

But Bridgewater-Raynham (10-2) answered back quickly scoring on only their second play from scrimmage as Zolga found Sean O'Donnell wide open for a 47-yard touchdown and the game was knotted at seven with 5:13 to go in the first quarter.

Not only that, but the Trojans would hit pay dirt on their first three possessions to take a commanding 22-7 lead as Morin scored the first of his two rushing scores and Zolga found fellow senior Sean McCall for the first of McCall's two end zone grabs, this one going for 52 yards.

But Weymouth (11-1) didn't go away quietly as senior tailback Dylan Colarusso punished the Trojans' defensive front for 78 first-half yards on the ground and scored from four-yards out to cut the deficit to eight, 22-14. Colarusso scored again from three-yards out after Shawn Whouley tipped a Zolga pass in the middle of the field to defensive back Ozzy Colarusso for the interception to set up the Wildcats at the Trojans' 34-yard line. Dylan Colarusso's second score came with only 33 seconds left in the second quarter and he capped off the comeback with a two-point conversion to tie it all up, 22-22, at the break.

“When it was tied I said 'What do you expect' – (Weymouth) is undefeated, they are not going to die, but we handled their surge and let's go out and take the opening drive,” said Buron.

A seven-play drive ending in Morin's second end zone dance, a six-yard sweep to the left, ate up 4:32 of the third quarter and gave Bridgewater the slim 28-22 lead.

Bridgewater-Raynham's defense finally came alive and forced the Wildcats into a quick three-and-out and the Trojans' running game took over the rest of the way.

A clock-killing 17-play drive ensued with Buron methodically drawing out plays to the final seconds of each possession to keep Weymouth's defense on the field. The drive covered the remainder of the third quarter and then after 15 of the first 16 plays of the drive were running plays – Zolga drove the stake into Weymouth's perfect season with an eight-yard corner route touchdown to McCall for the 34-22 lead with only 3:50 remaining.

All in all, the Wildcats only touched the ball eight times in total on offense in the second half which resulted in a net 11 yards of offense from scrimmage. Dylan Colarusso was bottled up the rest of the way as he finished with only 80 yards on 14 carries.

The win sets up a rematch of last season's D1A Super Bowl between the Trojans' and Gloucester -- 21-0 winners over Lincoln-Sudbury -- in a game in which the Fishermen's running game prevailed in a 33-13 victory.

WEYMOUTH (11-1) 7 15 0 0 -- 22
BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM (10-2) 15 7 6 6 -- 34

WE – Khary Bailey-Smith 17 pass from Mitch Temple (Ozzy Colarusso kick)
BR – Sean O'Donnell 47 pass from Billy Zolga (Mike Chicoine kick)
BR – Branden Morin 5 run (Morin run)
BR – Sean McCall 52 pass from Zolga (Chicoine kick)
WE – Dylan Colarusso 4 run (O. Colarusso kick)
WE – D. Colarusso 3 run (D. Colarusso run)
BR – Morin 6 run (kick failed)
BR – McCall 8 pass from Zolga (run failed)

No. 13 B-R takes inaugural Cape Cod Cafe Cup

November, 25, 2010
BROCKTON, Mass. -- It was the first annual Cape Cod Bowl, the nickname given to the newfound Thanksgiving day rivalry between Brockton and Bridgewater-Raynham. For the playoff-bound Trojans, it appeared to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, as they edged the Brockton, 23-21, at Marciano Stadium.

“This was a big win for us and I’m really proud of the way our team played,” B-R head coach Dan Buron said following his team’s win. “This match-up is a really exciting thing. For our guys, years after this, they aren’t going to be thinking of the playoffs. They are going to be talking about the win over Brockton.”

On their first possession of the game, the Trojans (9-2) didn’t waste any time. Junior tailback Nick Schlatz (16 carries, 78 yards) ripped off a run of 25 yards on B-R’s first play. On the very next snap, senior quarterback Billy Zolga rolled out of the pocket and found Brad Deluliis in the back of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Zolga completed the two-point conversion pass to Steve Wentworth, and the Trojans jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead.

However, the Boxers (8-3) struck right back on their next possession. Led by two consecutive 32-yard runs by tailback Trevon Offley (17 carries, 144 yards, three touchdowns), Brockton quickly marched down the field. Following a pair of short runs by quarterback Paul Mroz, Offley capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, cutting the B-R lead, 8-7.

Things looked to be going Brockton’s way early on. On B-R’s next possession, Brockton’s wunderkind cornerback Albert Louis-Jean picked off Zolga and returned the ball to the 1-yard line. Offley then punched the ball in for his second TD of the game, giving Brockton the 14-8 lead.

But in the second quarter, the wheels started to come off for the Boxers. The Trojans dominated the clock in the second quarter as they kept pounding the ball against the Brockton defense. Led by Schlatz, the Trojans gave the Boxers trouble all day, and following a Schlatz touchdown and another two-point conversion at the end of the quarter, the Trojans took a 16-14 lead going into the half.

It was more of the same for B-R in the third quarter. On the Trojans first possession of the half, they monopolized the clock once again through their bruising running game. Zolga finished the drive when he found Sean McCall for a 20-yard touchdown pass and the Trojans began pulling away, 23-14.

As things began to look down for Brockton, the Boxers found new life in the beginning of the fourth quarter after recovering a B-R fumble. Brockton strung together a few big plays as the clock was winding down, as Mroz connected with both Jesse Monteiro and Louis-Jean for 20-yard pass plays. Offley, who was one of the few bright spots on the day for the Boxers, ran for his third TD of the game. But it proved to be too little, too late, as the Boxers fell 23-21.

Earlier this year, Brockton and Bridgewater agreed to a 10-year deal to play each other in the Thanksgiving game. Ultimately, for Buron, he is elated for his program to begin a rivalry with what he sees as the strongest program in the state.

“When I’m somewhere else in the country, and I tell them I’m from Bridgewater, they don’t really know where it is,” Buron said. “But when I say ‘It’s just south of Brockton,’ then they know. When you think of Massachusetts football, you think of Brockton.”


B-R 8 8 7 0 --- 23
Brockton 14 0 0 7 --- 21

1st Quarter
B-R - Brad Deluliis 14 pass from Billy Zolga (Steve Wentworth pass from Zolga)
Brock - Trevon Offley 3 run (Lucas Depina kick)
Brock - Offley 1 run (Depina kick)

2nd Quarter
B-R - Nick Schlatz 5 run (Sean O'Donnell pass from Zolga)

3rd Quarter
B-R - Sean McCall 20 pass from Zolga (Mike Chicoine kick)

4th Quarter
Brock - Offley 1 run (Depina kick)

Zolga, Schlatz steamroll No. 20 B-R to OCL title

November, 6, 2010

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Billy Zolga exhaled deep when asked to describe his emotions in the wake of a dominant performance by him and his fellow Bridgewater-Raynham teammates. The senior quarterback rattled off some pedestrian phrases with junior tailback Nick Schlatz -- "pretty excited", "relieved", "can't describe it". And then Schlatz dropped a trigger word: "we wanted to make a statement."

Just what kind of statement?

"I think people should be nervous to play us, that's all I have to say," Zolga quickly shot back with a smile.

Added Schlatz, "Show everybody we're for real."

Hard to argue with that, based on the evening's results. The Trojans have been bouncing with swagger since their double-overtime upset of then-No. 3 Xaverian last month, and it all came to a head in last night's 50-22 dominance of Barnstable that assured them at least a share of the Old Colony League title for the second year in a row. B-R (6-2, 2-0) can claim the league outright with a win over Taunton next week.

Clearly, the Trojans are clicking at just the right time.

"We had a great week of practice," head coach Dan Buron said. "Probably the best overall week of practice we've had all season long. I credit the scout team for giving us a great look...practice was like, on Tuesday it felt like a Thursday."

Part of that scouting this week, Buron said, was having assistant coach Mark Hartsell play the part of Barnstable's vaunted quarterback D.J. Crook. Doesn't hurt that Hartsell quarterbacked some nationally-ranked squad at Brockton High before enduring careers at Boston College and the NFL -- "he's the closest thing to the arm strength of Crook, our sophomores can't throw like that," Buron said.

As for the play on the field, the Trojans pounced on the Red Raiders early, capitalizing on turnovers to build a 23-0 lead through the first quarter and 35-6 halftime lead. Barnstable (5-4, 2-1) opened the game with an onside kick that a Trojan player fell on at the Raiders' 41 yard line. The Trojans marched steadily down the field in seven plays, with inside runs by Schlatz (31 carries, 123 yards, three touchdowns) setting up a 23-yard strike from Zolga (107 passing yards, three touchdowns) to Sean McCall, rolling right and threading him a tight ball in double-coverage. Schlatz punched it in four plays after the strike, from five yards out, and Brad Delullis ran in the point-after try on a muddle play to take an 8-0 lead.

Things went bad for the Raiders when, on their ensuing three-and-out, a bad snap on their fourth down punt attempt forced Crook to fall on the ball at his own seven. Schlatz plunged in on the very next play, and fullback Mike Chicoine took a direct lateral from the snapper on another muddle try, to make it 16-0.

With the Raiders creeping up into the box to combat Buron's many different looks out of the Power-I, Zolga kept the defense honest with the waggle. He was a perfect 7 of 7 for 107 yards to start the game, before having to spike the ball with 13 seconds to go in the first half. That, of course, merely set up another touchdown run, this a sneak, to make it 35-6 headed into the break.

"I thought it was very important (to keep them honest with the pass), because they were creeping up on us," Buron said. "I thought there were two passes in particular -- one to Delullis and one to (Branden) Morin where they had it covered and those kids slid, and Billy was poised and threw a nice ball...I thought Billy showed alot of poise tonight."

Said Zolga, "They were sending everybody. Just completing those passes to keep the drives going, it helped us score some more points. It was big."

The Red Raiders can score quickly, and in bunches, and came out firing in the second half, putting together an 11-play, 67-yard scoring drive punched in with a five-yard Dennis Reddy off-tackle. They failed to seize any momentum from B-R, though, as Zolga put the finishing touches with a 45-yard interception return to seal it in the fourth quarter. Zolga, inserted into the secondary this week to combat Barnstable's deep and speedy stable of wideouts, jumped a route over the middle and leaped forward to make the pick for the 48-14 lead with nine minutes to go in the game.

"We were just dropping back into a deep zone," Zolga said. "I read his eyes, just saw the ball coming at me, just attacked it, just ran. Ran like Hell. I wanted to score."

Chicoine made it 50-14 with the same two-point try that he succeeded with in the first quarter, a direct lateral from the long snapper that he pushed past the goal line with an added spin.

"Every time we run that set, we read what they're doing. It's just an automatic read," Buron said of going for two at that moment. "That gets us up 28 points, and that's a team that can score at will. I mean, they came roaring back against Dennis-Yarmouth (a 41-38 loss in week two). No lead is safe against these guys."


Barn 0 6 8 8 --- 22
B-R 23 12 0 15 --- 50

First Quarter
BR - Nick Schlatz 5 run (Brad Delullis kick) 7:20
BR - Schlatz 7 run (Mike Chicoine kick) 5:58
BR - Chicoine 1 run (Chicoine kick) 0:08

Second Quarter
BR - Sean O'Donnell 7 pass from Billy Zolga (kick failed) 4:38
Barn - Dennis Reddy 15 pass from D.J. Crook (pass failed) 3:09
BR - Zolga 1 run (kick blocked) 0:08

Third Quarter
Barn - Reddy 5 run (Matt Delaney pass from Crook) 7:51

Fourth Quarter
BR - Schlatz 3 run (Chicoine kick) 10:26
BR - Zolga 45 interception return (Chicoine run) 9:36
Barn - Crook 2 run (Jordan Henderson pass from Crook) 8:23