Boston High School: Sean O'Donnell

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)

Duxbury quick to start against No. 20 B-R

September, 11, 2010
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – From the moment Don Webber caught the ball in the flat and raced 70 yards for a touchdown, it looked as though it would be a long day for No. 20 Bridgewater-Raynham. During the play, two Trojan defenders collided and fell to the ground, allowing the Duxbury receiver to race to the end zone unimpeded.

Things continued to get worse from then as the Green Dragons built a 28-0 lead by halftime.

“Our first half was pretty good, but I think Coach Buron must’ve had a heck of a halftime speech,” Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron said.

B-R made things slightly more interesting in the second half, but the damage was already done and the Green Dragons won 42-22.

“Bottom line is that at 4 o’clock this afternoon, I don’t know where we were,” B-R head coach Dan Buron said. “I’m hoping that the second half team is the team that we thought we had. That first half team, I actually went to check to see if there were different kids in their uniforms in the locker room.”

Duxbury (1-0) began to pile it on during the second quarter with three touchdowns, two of which senior wide receiver and defensive back Matt Hallisey accounted for in about 20 seconds of elapsed time.

Already up 13-0, Duxbury quarterback Matt O’Keefe connected with Hallisey for his first touchdown. The 5-foot-9 wide out worked his way across the field on a shallow drag route to haul in a 13-yard score.

On the second play of the ensuing B-R (0-1) drive, Duxbury safety Reilly Naton met a Trojan receiver with a hard hit on a ball that had been thrown over the middle. Naton tipped the Billy Zolga pass, then Hallisey snatched the ball from midair and took it back 39 yards for the pick-six.

Hallisey, who led Duxbury with five receptions for 91 yards, also added a 65-yard touchdown catch from Kane Haffey (6 of 9, 157 yards, 2 TDs and one rushing touchdown) in the fourth quarter for his touchdown of the game.

“Coach told us at halftime that the score was 0-0,” Hallisey said. “If we could go up by 28 in the first half, they were capable of scoring 28 points in the second half.

“But we played well. We executed well when we needed to. We kind of eased up a little bit and then finished out the game, but it was a pretty big win for us.”

The Trojans struggled to find any kind of rhythm on either side of the ball early. Duxbury’s spread offense and line-call audibles had B-R defenders out of sorts. Meanwhile, the Green Dragon defenders constantly pressured Zolga, who was often forced to make plays while on the run.

B-R didn’t earn its first first down until there was 1:40 remaining in the first half.

When the Trojans reemerged from the locker room, they found their spark. Zolga reached the end zone on a 24-yard run for the first B-R score. He followed with a 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Sean O’Donnell to draw the Trojans within 13 points in the third quarter.

B-R wouldn’t get any closer as Hallisey turned in his biggest play of the day on the 65-yarder.

“You know when you’re playing Bridgewater-Raynham, they’re one of the top programs in the state,” Maimaron said. “It’s a great first game for us, that’s why we play them. It’s a great measuring stick and our kids worked really hard to get ready for this game.”