Feehan able to stop this run
Big plays help Shamrocks end Attleboro win streak
ATTLEBORO - Attleboro came into yesterday's game with Bishop Feehan undefeated. It also hadn't been held to fewer than 13 points. But the visiting Shamrocks ended those streaks, executing a 21-0 victory over their crosstown rivals.
The Shamrocks (6-1) stifled an Attleboro attack that couldn't muster a first down after its opening drive, and Bishop Feehan's offense relied on a couple big plays, including a 71-yard touchdown pass that broke a scoreless tie with three minutes left in the second quarter.
"The defense has been playing great. We were able to hang in there," Feehan coach Tony Wood said. "Field position was the whole first half, and we were able to get it out of the hole and go the length of the field. We got lucky with the long ball."
Feehan was able to break through with the long touchdown pass from quarterback Tommy Romero to Brian Gallagher. Romero aired it out to a wide-open Gallagher, who caught the pass in stride and cruised the remaining 30 yards into the end zone.
"I spun off a tackle and I threw it as far as I could, and he was just wide open," Romero said.
Another big play helped Feehan pull away midway through the third quarter. Romero hit Michael Albert over the middle for about 15 yards, and Albert avoided a pair of tacklers en route to a 40-yard touchdown.
About five minutes later, Dan Effler hauled in the first of his two interceptions, which gave the Shamrocks possession at the Attleboro 20. Romero took advantage of the short field position and connected with Albert on an 11-yard TD. Albert was wide open in the back left corner of the end zone after his defender fell.
Romero threw for 155 yards to lead the Shamrocks. Albert was his favorite target, catching three passes for 66 yards. Bryan Webb ran for 115 yards on 21 carries to lead a rushing attack that Romero credited with opening up the passing game.
"We were able to establish the run pretty early, and the other stuff just opened up," he said. "The line blocked pretty well, and that's key. When you have time you can do whatever you want."
Standout running back Matt Campbell ran for just 18 yards on eight carries for Attleboro (7-1), and quarterback Michael Barry completed only 9 of 21 passes for 40 yards with two interceptions. Wood said his team had stressed not allowing big plays and was successful at preventing them.
"We were trying to keep them off the field with our offense because they're so explosive, and they've been able to make big plays and we were trying not to give up big plays," he said.