Robitaille, Attleboro catch fire
ATTLEBORO — After falling behind, 14-0, to Bishop Feehan half way through the first quarter last night, Attleboro finally woke up from its offseason slumber.
The Blue Bombardiers reeled off 49 unanswered points behind the play of senior quarterback Nate Robitaille and a stifling defense en route to a 49-14 victory over their intra-town rival.
“We showed some resolve after getting tested,’’ said Attleboro coach Kevin Deschenes. “Nate did a great job running and throwing and we were really able to spread [Bishop Feehan] out.’’
Robitaille made a lasting impression on the Shamrocks, passing for 218 yards and three touchdowns, rushing for another score and adding an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for good measure.
While Robitaille was deflating the Bishop Feehan defense, the Attleboro defense was unleashing its fury on the Shamrock offense. The Blue Bombardiers overpowered Bishop Feehan’s offense, allowing 125 yards and punctuating almost every play with a bone-crushing tackle.
Attleboro got on the board with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter. Randy Wnuk got the scoring started with a 4-yard touchdown run. Robitaille found an unguarded Cleveland White in the end zone for the 2-point conversion, cutting the deficit to 14-8.
A fumbled snap by Shamrock quarterback Andrew Murphy led to the Blue Bombardiers’ next points. Attleboro got the ball at the Shamrock 24-yard line. After a 4-yard loss and two incompletions, the Blue Bombardiers elected to go for it on fourth down. The decision proved wise as Robitaille threw a strike to Tyler Lindsey, who tapped his feet down and fell on the pylon for the touchdown.
The Blue Bombardiers pulled ahead with 16 seconds remaining in the half. On third and 24 at the Shamrock 46, Robitaille threw a dart to White on the sideline for a 40-yard toe-tapping catch. After a false start, Robitaille found Money Singh in the end zone for the 11-yard strike and a 21-14 lead.
Robitaille started the second half with a bang for Attleboro. He took the kickoff up the sideline, leaving defenders in his dust as he scored on an 80-yard return. Chris Walsh rushed in for the 2-point conversion and a 29-14 lead.
Attleboro increased its lead to 36-14 when Robitaille threw a dump-off pass to JJ Jolaoso, who wiggled past defenders for a 50-yard score.
Robitaille added a 10-yard touchdown rush and Walsh added a 73-yarder in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.