Pope John outlasts Pope John Paul
Brown’s six TDs spur Tigers
CHELSEA - The Pope John Tigers of Everett and the Pope John Paul Lions of Hyannis squared off for the first time ever and posted an astounding 100 combined points in a marathon game at Chelsea High Stadium yesterday.
The Tigers prevailed in the offensive showcase, breaking a school record for points in a game, according to coach Brian Vaughan, and blasting Pope John Paul, 62-38. With Pope John Paul joining the Catholic Central Small, it was also a league game that gave the defending champion Tigers their seventh straight conference win.
Leading the lethal Tigers (1-1) was senior Malcolm Brown, who usually lines up at wide receiver but also plays running back and quarterback. But wherever he lined up yesterday, it worked. Brown broke a school record with six touchdowns in the win.
“It feels good you know. This is my first time scoring six touchdowns in one game,’’ said Brown. “I feel grateful to play on the same team as Coach Vaughan and [quarterback] Robert McMaster. I am very grateful to be on this team.’’
The talented wide out was Randy Moss-esque, scoring four receiving touchdowns, three on screen passes from McMaster. He also scored on a 30-yard interception return early in the second quarter, and then on an 82-yard kick return with just seconds left.
Another weapon in the Tigers’ arsenal was McMaster. In his very first game back from an offseason injury, McMaster orchestrated the offense masterfully. Other than a first-half interception by Tyler Burke, McMaster was 11 of 13 for 281 yards passing and four touchdowns, one of which was a 78-yard hookup with Brown. Brown wasn’t the only one who applauded McMasters’s return.
“This was his first game back since we held him out of scrimmages and the first game of the year,’’ said Vaughan. “He’s a kid that’s hungry and wants it and he showed that today.’’
Pope John Paul of Hyannis, after going down at the half, 34-8, showed heart after the intermission. The Lions scored three touchdowns to close the gap. Two of the scores came from quarterback Robbie Dombrowski on runs of 75 and 23 yards. Dombrowski also scored his team’s first TD on a 12-yard run.
Senior receivers Jeffery Born and Andrew McCabe went down with ankle injuries for the Lions, but according to coach John Muldoon, are expected to recover without missing any time.
Pope John faces defending Commonwealth Small champion Northeast next week. Pope John Paul hosts Lowell Catholic.