BC High gets the big stuff
WEST ROXBURY - As Catholic Memorial quarterback A.J. Doyle stepped under center with a little more than seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Knights’ season hung in the balance of one play.
On fourth and 1 from CM’s 22-yard line, Doyle attempted to rush for the first down but was bulldozed by BC High’s front line and came up short.
BC High fullback Luke Catarius scored on a 1-yard run on the next drive to seal the No. 3 Eagles’ 13-0 win over No. 7 CM, securing the Catholic Conference title and a spot in the Division 1 playoffs.
“[CM] has very good linebackers, but we just had to make sure I got to that next level and the linemen did a great job, so we put it in,’’ Catarius said. “I wanted the ball and I wanted to do it for my teammates.’’
Catholic Memorial coach Alex Campea said he felt BC High (8-3, 4-0) was moving the ball well on against his defense, which was why he didn’t punt from deep in CM territory late in the game.
“It’s a risk, no question about, but we felt as if we could’ve got at least 1 yard,’’ he said.
The Knights struggled against BC High’s defense, which had allowed just 13.9 points per game entering the contest. Running back Armani Reeves was held to 43 yards on seven carries, and CM (7-2, 3-1) finished with just 88 yards of total offense.
BC High managed 144 yards of offense, and relied on the running of Catarius (12 carries, 29 yards) and senior Deontae Ramey-Doe, who finished with 104 yards on 23 carries. The Eagles attempted just three passes.
“Looking at CM over the course of the season, we thought we could establish the run game and in that, keep their offense off the field,’’ BC High coach Jon Bartlett said. “When Preston [Cooper] went down [Oct. 22 with a broken ankle], we were asking Deontae to be himself and run hard and he did that today. We challenged him at halftime and he did a great job in the second half.’’
In the first half, junior kicker Jackson Bockhorst hit 31-yard and 35-yard field goals to give BC High a 6-0 lead.
“I wasn’t [nervous],’’ Bockhorst said. “I knew the snap and the hold was going to get there - we [practice] it three hours a day.’’
BC High will play Merrimack Valley Division 1 champion Chelmsford (10-1, 4-0) Tuesday with a chance to advance to the Super Bowl.
BC High defeated Chelmsford, 35-14, Sept. 23.
“We need to make sure our guys realize the first game was months ago,’’ Bartlett said. “Chelmsford is going to be fired up, and we’re going to be fired up as well so it’s going to be a great game.’’