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Video: Previewing Super Saturday football

November, 30, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- ESPN Boston High Schools editors Scott Barboza and Brendan Hall preview Saturday's slate of 19 MIAA Super Bowl Championships, from yesterday's Media Day at Gillette Stadium:

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Recap: Bishop Feehan 24, No. 16 S-B 7

November, 11, 2012
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Brendan Hall/ESPNBoston.comIsaiah Douglas' goal line interception early in the fourth quarter helped cement Bishop Feehan's second straight EAC crown.
SOMERSET, Mass. -- For as long as we can remember, the Eastern Athletic Conference title always runs through Bishop Feehan. And for the third straight year, the crown fell into the hands of today's matchup between those Shamrocks and the Blue Raiders of Somerset-Berkley.

And for the second straight year, the Shamrocks emerged victorious, though it wasn't nearly the 41-7 blowout they delivered a year ago. In this one, the Shamrocks rattled off 24 unanswered points, en route to a 24-7 victory on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Somerset.

With the win, Feehan clinches at least a share of the EAC crown. But even if they were to lose to Bishop Stang on Thanksgiving, the Shamrocks would still be the conference's Div. 3A playoff representative based on head-to-head with S-B.

The Shamrocks will face South Coast Conference champ Dighton-Rehoboth on Nov. 27 in a Divison 3A playoff.

"I watched my brother win a Super Bowl," said quarterback Nick Romero. "I watched Nick Schwieger, all the greats play and win Super Bowls. That's what we've been working all season for. We've got one more, then we've got D-R, just like in 2009."

Somerset got on board first, an eight-yard toss sweep from Mikey Garrant, to go up 7-0, and the Blue Raiders took a 7-6 lead into the half. But momentum swung to the Shamrocks' favor with two key sequences of events.

First, Feehan opened up its first series of the second half running midline option out of its tried and true Wing-T scheme, with two big gains out of up-back Matt Glebus (15 carries, 123 yards). He took his first carry of the drive 53 yards, bursting up the middle then cutting to his left twice, pushed out of bounds some 53 yards later. The gain was negated 20 yards thanks to a downfield block in the back, but one play later Glebus was at it again, this time just bulling straight up the middle for a 39-yard gain that put the ball at the S-B 1 yard line.

Two plays later, Romero followed his left guard over the goal line to punched it in from a yard out and give the Shamrocks their first lead of the game, 12-7 advantage.

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Brendan Hall/ESPNBoston.comMatt Allen's two fourth-quarter touchdowns put the finishing touches on Feehan's comeback victory.
"Nicky stepped up today," said running back Matt Allen (11 carries, 76 yards, two total TD). "He really read it nice. All season, that's what we do, we practice the option. We knew it was there, their linebackers kind filled slow, so he took it. Glebus, by the way, he stepped up. He went off today."

S-B's ensuing drive moved deep into Feehan territory, aided by a 41-yard pass completion from Jack Aramantes to Garrant,but after two failed dives found itself facing fourth and goal from the Shamrocks' five. Out of a timeout, Aramantes took a few steps to his right, threw across his body to the near pylon, and watched as safety Isaiah Douglas crashed from over the top and took the pass 60 yards the other way.

"I just knew it was coming," Douglas said. "I could tell that he was coming to the back corner."

That led to a five-play 40-yard scoring drive capped with a 14-yard screen pass from Romero to Allen, for an 18-7 lead with 6:07 to go. Allen added another score late for good measure.

Setting the edge: The Shamrocks are no stranger to S-B's vaunted double wing attack by now, and head coach Curt Smith stressed the outside gaps in practice this week. With Chris Barthe, Mitch Martin and Zach Forget

"Win the C and D gap battle," Smith said. "If we can control the off-tackle and outside, when you take that away it's all play action passes. That's it. You can't sit back and read it and hope for it. You've got to smack them in the mouth in the C and D gap, and play the play action passes. That formula so far has worked for us. It's the only way I know, and it's worked so far."

Plenty to boot: In the box score, Allen will go down as 0-for-2 on point after kicks. But as is the case every now and then, stats can be misleading.

One of the most underrated angles in the Shamrocks' surge over the final three quarters was Allen's booming blasts on kickoffs. Allen recorded three touchbacks on the day, including two in the fourth quarter. The Raiders' offense isn't always built to score quick when playing from behind, so with 80 yards to go o their final two drives of the game, it was an added layer to what was an uphill battle.

BISHOP FEEHAN 24, SOMERSET-BERKLEY 7

BF (7-2, 3-0) 0 6 6 12 --- 24
SB (9-1, 3-1) 0 7 0 0 --- 7


Second Quarter
S - Mikey Garrant 8 run (T.J. Eisele kick) 5:42
B - Isaiah Douglas 17 run (kick failed) 3:03

Third Quarter
B - Nick Romero 1 run (rush failed) 3:51

Fourth Quarter
B - Matt Allen 14 pass from Romero (pass failed) 6:07
B - Allen 4 run (kick failed) 3:23

Recap: Bishop Feehan 41, Somerset-Berkley 7

November, 11, 2011
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ATTLEBORO, Mass. -- Somerset-Berkley won the coin toss prior to Friday night’s Eastern Athletic Conference game at Bishop Feehan and opted to defer to the second half.

Bad move.

On the fourth play after the opening kickoff, Cameron Frye broke through the right side and sprinted 63 yards for a touchdown. Then, three plays after the ensuing kickoff, Tom Flett recovered a Cole Stafford fumble which set up a 10-yard touchdown run by Frye and a 14-0 lead.

For all intents and purposes, the game was over, as the Shamrocks cruised to a 41-7 victory which enabled them to clinch the conference championship and a berth in the Division 3A semifinals against the South Coast Conference champion.

The Blue Raiders (4-6, 3-1) are known for their double-wing, ball-control offense. But they were in trouble because that offense isn’t designed to enable teams to overcome significant deficits.

“The ball bounced the right way for us early in the game and I think that gave us momentum,” said Feehan coach Curt Smith. “I think it’s tough in that offense when you fall behind to come back. That’s what we needed to do, get up early.

“That’s what we talked about all week, trying to get up early on them, and we were fortunate enough to do that.”

“Fortune” had little to do with the next touchdown scored by Feehan (6-4, 4-0) as opposed to execution.

On first and 10 from his 30 early in the second period, quarterback Andrew Murphy ran play action where he faked a handoff to Frye (13 carries, 117 yards) and threw a 69-yard scoring bomb to Flett for a 20-0 lead.

But fortune definitely played a role in in a score that gave Feehan a 27-0 lead. Murphy scrambled from his 30 and appeared to be en route to a sure touchdown –- until he fumbled the ball into the end zone, where the ball was smothered by teammate Jim Corbesero.

Feehan’s defense stopped Mike Garrant for zero yards on fourth-and-three from the Blue Raiders’ 38, and the Shamrocks converted that into a four-yard touchdown pass from Murphy to Zach Forget.

The Shamrocks completed their scoring on another well-executed play early in the third quarter when Murphy threw a screen pass to Christian Cooke, who broke it 50 yards to the end zone.

“We respect everybody,” added Smith. “We prepare and we assume that everyone is better than us. It doesn’t matter who it is. Records are thrown out the window.

“That’s the way we prepare.”

Good point.

Immovable objects: Against Somerset-Berkley, and throughout Feehan’s six-game winning streak, the Shamrocks’ defense has been rock-solid.

In their last five games, for example, Feehan’s allowed only 15 points –- eight on an 85-yard touchdown run, and seven when the Blue Raiders scored with 41 seconds left of the clock against the Shamrocks’ second- and third-stringers.

Or to put it another way, 68 of the 75 yards in total offense Somerset-Berkley amassed in the second half came on that last drive.

Smith was effusive in his praise of senior Ed Giles, senior Tim McMackin, junior Mitch Martin, junior Chris Barthe, Forget, Flett and senior John Labelle.

“They’ve put the ‘D’ in our defense,” said Smith. “Our defense has been playing well. The kids are disappointed because they wanted another shutout. But it’s not about that. It’s about playing well and doing the right thing.

“The seniors on defense have waited 365 days for this opportunity after last year (when the Raiders rang up 49 points against the Shamrocks) –- much like Somerset did last year. It’s a nice, little rivalry we’ve got going.”

Intestinal fortitude: After the Shamrocks lost their first four games they had every opportunity to mail in the rest of the season. Instead, they did a complete turn-around and won their last six.

“We played some tough teams in the beginning,” said Murphy. “We basically said we’re going to fight and do whatever we can to compete with those teams. Then, hopefully that would set us up to move through our EAC schedule and put us in a good position.

“We we’re in a similar situation last year. We came out and knew what we had to do. We knew we had to get the EAC and we came out and got it.”

FEEHAN 41, SOMERSET BERKLEY 7
SOM (4-6, 3-1) 0 - 0 - 0 - 7 --– 7
FEE (6-4, 4-0) 14 - 20 - 7 - 0 --– 41

First quarter
F – Cameron Frye 63 run (Matt Allen kick)
F – Frye 10 run (Allen kick)

Second quarter
F – Tom Flett 69 pass from Andrew Murphy (kick failed)
F – Jim Corbesero recovered fumble in end zone (Allen kick)
F – Zach Forget 4 pass from Murphy (Allen kick)

Third quarter
F – Christian Cooke 50 pass from Murphy (Allen kick)

Fourth quarter
S – Cole Stafford 4 run (T.J. Eisele kick)

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