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BC High, CM to play for title

By Mike Carraggi and David Carty
Globe Correspondents / November 15, 2008
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The Xaverian Hawks notched another impressive victory last night, going into West Roxbury and beating previously undefeated Catholic Memorial, 24-7.

But the Hawks were knocked out of playoff contention when BC High (8-1, 3-0) beat St. John's Prep (5-5, 1-2) to move into first place in the Catholic Conference.

The winner of the BC High-CM game on Thanksgiving will be the conference champion. Even if Xaverian (6-4, 2-1) were to beat the Prep on Thanksgiving and CM (8-1, 2-1) were to beat BC High, the Hawks would be ousted in a three-way tie in the system used by the Catholic Conference.

Xaverian forced turnovers on CM's first two plays of the second half, converting them into the game's first 10 points.

CM quarterback Dave Marshall got hit as he pitched the ball on an option play and it was recovered by Xaverian. Starting at the Knights' 40, Xaverian mustered only 17 yards but set up a 40-yard field goal attempt for Brennan Sweeney, who connected with ease.

On CM's next offensive play, Marshall was intercepted by Michael Skehill, who returned the ball 21 yards to CM's 14. From there, running back Colton Martin ran the ball on consecutive plays, the latter a 1-yard score up the middle, giving the Hawks a 10-0 lead.

CM received a lighting bolt of energy when Delroy McDonald (10 rushes, 102 yards) exploded up the left sideline for a 74-yard touchdown, made possible by a key block from receiver Joe McCarthy.

Xaverian then drove 81 yards, eating almost six minutes on its next drive. Anthony Knight capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run and would later ice the contest with a 37-yard sprint to the end zone.

BC High 21, St. John's Prep 7 - Sore back or no sore back, Tyler Horan's duties remained largely the same in BC High's victory over St. John's Prep because of a talented running mate.

"I think they're the best [running back tandem] in the state," coach Jon Bartlett said of Horan and Kyle Ewanowski. The backs combined for 76 yards, opening up the field for quarterback Billy Kiley.

Kiley started the scoring with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Horan on BC High's opening drive. The senior cocaptain then hooked up with Brandon Cipolla, who strolled untouched for a 22-yard touchdown.

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