Boston High School: Shawn Reardon

Recap: Taunton 57, Attleboro 52

January, 10, 2014
Jan 10
ATTLEBORO, Mass. -– Senior guard Gerald Cortijo scored 17 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with just 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter to help Taunton (6-2) pull out a 57-52 victory on the road at Attleboro (6-3) on Friday night.

With the score tied 49-49 with just 2:46 left in the game, Taunton guard Shaq Davis hit a free throw to give the Tigers the lead. On the next possession, Cortijo hit a turnaround baseline jumper over Brandon Clark to extend the lead to three.

Attleboro responded through an unlikely source. Senior guard Stanley Beaubrun hit a straightaway three-pointer that touched every part of the rim and hung precariously on the front before finally dropping in to tie things up. It was Beaubrun’s first three since the second game of the season.

After a timeout, Attleboro came out in a match-up zone, but there was some confusion and Cortijo was left wide open in the corner. He buried the shot with just 19.1 on the clock. Attleboro was able to get two looks for its top scorer Tim Walsh (17 points) but he was not able to hit and Cory Green tacked on two free throws in the final second to ice it.

Taunton head coach Charlie Dacey knew that he could count on a big game from Cortijo after he had been forced to sit out Tuesday’s match-up with the Hornets.

“He missed the Mansfield game and...he was ready for this. He’s a competitor,” said Dacey. “We always have a rock fight with them (Attleboro). It’s not pretty basketball but slug it out a little bit, make a big hoop, and it’s over.”

Attleboro head coach Mark Houle was disappointed with the defensive mistake that left Cortijo open but noted several missed opportunities that the Bombardiers had throughout the game that could have made the difference.

“We were in a bit of a match-up zone and we didn’t get to the spots,” he explained. “We had several opportunities to change the game in the first half that we didn’t take advantage of...So, it was a big play by Gerald but it was a 32-minute game and we didn’t do it as well as they did tonight.”

It was Attleboro that jumped out early. The Bombardiers built an 11-4 lead behind seven points from Walsh, but Taunton came right back with a 16-3 run between the first and second quarters. Cortijo was the spark off the bench with nine points during the run including a pair of three’s and a drive that he finished by circling the ball around his back before scoring in traffic.

Taunton went into the break leading 26-22, but early in the third quarter Attleboro started to get the ball inside to good effect. Shawn Reardon showed some nice interior passing to get a pair of lay-ups for E.J. Santarpio. Sophomore Kyle Murphy added a putback basket to give the Bombardiers a 37-35 lead, but Green buried a three to end the quarter (his first points of the game) to put Taunton back on top.

“When we were successful, we started getting the ball inside, running our offense, and getting to the free throw line,” said Houle. “Their defensive pressure was good, but overall the pace of the game, the tempo, was where we wanted it to be.”

In the fourth quarter, Davis started to become more aggressive taking the ball to the basket and had a pair of lay-ups and four free throws in the fourth. He finished with 14 points (10 in the second half) and went over the 1,000-point mark for his career.

“Our execution wasn’t great,” said Dacey about the Tigers offense. “That’s all we talked about at halftime and it got a little better in the second half. With better execution, we get better looks. We forced some shots.”

Attleboro stayed in it, despite solid defense from Green and Cortijo on Walsh, by making its free throws. In one stretch, nine straight points for Attleboro were scored at the line. Santarpio (11 points, seven rebounds) went 5-6 in the fourth quarter from the line.

Dacey applauded the defensive work of his two guards for keeping Walsh mostly under wraps in the second half.

He remarked, “That was the tandem thing. One guy takes him, rests, and the other guy takes him. We know that we can’t stop him; we just want to disrupt him. We made Walsh work for everything and, in my mind, that’s the key.”

D1 South: Attleboro 40, B-R 14

November, 9, 2013

ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Sometimes Attleboro quarterback Tim Walsh sits back and watches the show.

“We expect him to bust one every time,” Walsh said of Blue Bombardiers junior running back Damon Belin. “He has that kind of explosiveness where it’s just like, ‘Wow.’”

Of course, Walsh — himself — is as deft making plays with his feet as he is throwing from the pocket. And, in Friday night’s Division 1 South semi-final matchup with Bridgewater-Raynham, Belin and Walsh combined to create a force to which the Trojans had no answer in the second half.

After keeping it a one-possession game through the first half (21-14, Attleboro), the Trojans were unable to slow the Blue Bombardiers’ rushing attack in the second half, as Attleboro posted 19 unanswered points while running for 318 yards on the evening in a 40-14 rout.

“Our running game seems to be underrated, but I think it’s very strong,” Walsh added. “That just allows me to have more opportunities.”

Belin ran for 94 yards on 24 carries and scoring three touchdowns — two rushing, one receiving.

But it was actually Walsh who led the Blue Bombardiers (8-1) with 122 rushing yards on 11 carries. He also completed 7 of 11 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns.

However, for all of Attleboro’s success on the ground, it appeared as though B-R (5-3) would impose its will in the duel between former Old Colony League rivals. Without the services of starting quarterback Matt Clement (concussion), the Trojans started the game nearly exclusively in a series of heavy goal-line formations, running Brandon Gallagher out of the “I.”

After pushing the opening drive downfield on brute strength, the Trojans found the end zone first with Steve D’Emilia’s 16-yard touchdown to tight end Connor Reagan.

But Attleboro would score on each of its first three offensive possessions, taking a 21-14 lead into the half, after fullback David Duquette’s 12-yard draw run up the middle with 3:01 remaining.

The Blue Bombardiers continued the onslaught with the opening possession of the second half. An 8-play, 65-yard drive, culminating in Walsh’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Burns with 8:05 remaining in the third, gave Attleboro its first of three unanswered scores in the second half, closing out the victory.

Attleboro advances to face the winner of Saturday's Catholic Conference clash between BC High and Xaverian in next week's sectional final.

Trench warfare: While Attleboro’s offensive line won the point of attack, so too did the Blue Bombardiers’ defensive line. Attleboro held the Trojans to 117 rushing yards on the game.

Of those yards, Gallagher owned 102. But of his team-high total, nearly half of Gallagher’s yards came on one play in the second quarter. Faced with a fourth-and-5 from its 47-yard line, B-R claimed a 14-13 lead with 6:29 to play in the half, with Gallagher running 53 yards on a direct-snap, punt-fake play for a touchdown.

However, Attleboro clamped down in the second half, forcing the Trojans into a negative yardage figure (-3) on rushing attempts coming in the second half.

“I’m upset about the fake punt because we worked on that all week,” Attleboro head coach Mike Strachan said. “But we bounced back, I think our defense, after the first drive, they ate a lot of clock in the first quarter. They did a really good job. But I thought we settled down.”

Meanwhile, on the flip side of the ball, the Blue Bombardiers’ O-line consistently opened up huge holes. They also provided support in the passing game, with left tackle Shawn Reardon’s seal block springing Burns on his 14-yard score off a slip screen to start the second half.

“We have such big linemen and because of their strength, it gets me through those holes every time,” Belin said.

Burn-s notice: Tommy Burns has proven to be jack-of-all-trades for the Blue Bombardiers. And, at 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds, Burns’ impact on the Blue Bombardiers’ success has far exceeded his stature.

Take Friday night’s game for instance. Burns finished with a game-high 105 yards on five catches with a touchdown. Working across formations, he also added 46 rushing yards on five carries.

On defense, Burns again made his presence felt, recovering a fumble at the tail end of the first quarter, which set up a 6-play touchdown drive capped by Belin’s 14-yard touchdown catch for a 13-7 lead at 9:17 of the second.

Recap: No. 12 Mansfield 28, Attleboro 7

October, 16, 2011
MANSFIELD, Mass. -– Greg Donahue rushed for three touchdowns and Craig Mallett finished the scoring with a 102-yard interception return to bolster the Mansfield Hornets over Attleboro, 28-7. The ground attack from the hornets was vicious, eating up the clock and keeping Attleboro’s offense cool for most of the night.

“We had to have had 250 yards on the ground. We’ve got a bunch of backs with [Blayne] Taylor, Donahue, [Dylan] Finnerty and [Mike] Farrell. That’s our M.O., we’re just going to pound the ball and try to play good d[efense],” said Mansfield coach Mike Redding.

Although the Attleboro offense was able to get with scoring distance by forcing defensive stops and producing in offensive spurts, they just could not get the edge on Mansfield. This tactic of resilience is something that is taught to the players by staff and their teammates.

“Never surrender is one of our biggest mottos on this team,” added senior defensive end Zach Schafer. “We’ve got a lot of soul and hope on our defense out here and we took it to them.

Attleboro coach Kevin Deschenes agreed. With an offense that has found a way to make it work, the level of play by the Mansfield defense left his team with little room to breathe.

“They were able to play swarm defense, they were able to get penetration on Chris [Walsh] and he had no time to throw the ball,” said Deschenes. “They stepped it up and were able to get the job done up front.”

One More Chance: With 3:54 left in the game, Blue Bombadiers got a chance to score and make it a one score game. Quarterback Chris Walsh threw three passes, two to Zach Schweiger for 20 yards and one to Malique Clark for 38, the Hornet defense brought pressure up front and shut down Attleboro’s air show. After two sacks, 4th and 23 didn’t allow Attleboro many options, but they got the ball back on a Shawn Reardon fumble recovery. Unable to convert that, the game three touchdowns away was out of their bombing range.

The Donahue Show: Greg Donahue put on a running drill clinic tonight. Following blocks and filling open gaps quickly, he burst through lineman attempting to arm tackle and running through the secondary and linebacker core trying to grab onto his jersey.

“I knew they were big, much bigger than me, so I had to get my center of gravity low so when they hit me I still had a lot of power to stay and I said ‘stay up, get that extra yard," he said.

During the week at practice is where Donahue hones his running skills. Going up against the toughest competition during the week seems to be paying off for Donahue.

“Danny Gimore nails me and I just stay up. If it wasn’t for him, I’d get tackled easy," he said.

ATL (4-2) 0 7 0 0 --- 7
MAN (5-1) 0 7 6 15 --- 28

Second Quarter
A – JJ Jolaoso 65 fumble recovery (Chris Walsh kick)
M – Greg Donahue 22 run (Mike Hershman kick)

Third Quarter
M – Donahue 5 run (failed kick)

Fourth Quarter
M – Donahue 3 run (Donahue rush)
M – Craig Mallett 102 interception return (Hershman kick)