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Boston Latin withstands big Brookline pass plays to win season opener

Posted by Justin Rice  September 7, 2013 05:37 PM

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Boston Latin senior running back Patrick Fahy rushed for four touchdowns and 176 yards. (Billy Owens / For the Boston Globe)

Aside from giving up the big pass play to Brookline, Boston Latin School took care of business in its season opener against the Warriors on Saturday afternoon at Catholic Memorial high school.

Brookline senior quarterback Ben Knopf finished the game 8 for 18 passing with 247 yards in the 34-14 Boston Latin victory, including touchdowns on 70 and 76-yards.

“The third play of the game I myself misread a play and we let up a touchdown,” Boston Latin senior defensive back Patrick Fahy said of Knopf’s 70-yard slant pass to Dawshawn Richardson. “We can’t have that. We have to learn from that, we’ll watch the tape and we’ll do better next week.”

Fortunately for the Wolfpack (1-0), Fahy made up for his defensive misdeed on offensive end of the ball.Fahy rushed for four touchdowns and 176 yards, including a 4-yard TD in that capped the Wolfpacks' opening nine-play drive. His 2-point conversion run made the score 8-6 with 6:39 left in the first quarter.

Last year Fahy ran behind Boston Latin heralded running back Jhalen Bien-Aime.

“It was nice to get a lot of touches,” Fahy said. “I knew coming into it coach wanted to get me a lot of touches this game, but I didn’t expect to be moving the ball so quickly down the field. But the line really opened it up for me. Once the line opened it up for me it was all open space and moving the ball up and down the field.”

Fahy had another 1-yard TD run in the first quarter to go up 14-6 and with 7:17 left in the half he ripped off a 40-yard run down the sideline that set up his 4-yard TD run. Senior quarterback Roy Bahnam’s 2-point conversion pass to Peter Honzik made the score 22-6 with 6:55 left in the half.

“We have this one play that really opened it up for us every time, we faked one way and went back the other way,” Fahy said. “I think I had 80 to 100 yards just on those plays today. So I think it definitely messed with their heads and that play especially gave us a boost.”

Bahnam hooked up with senior wide receiver Mike Parham for a 22-yard TD strike and Fahy chipped in his final TD of the afternoon on a 1-yard run before Boston Latin took a 34-6 lead into the locker room.

But the Wolfpack gave up more big pass plays in the second half.

With 2:15 left in the third quarter Knopf tossed a 76-yard TD to junior tight end Tyler Patterson. Patterson caught the 2-point conversion pass as well to make the score 34-14.

After the game, Boston Latin coach John McDonough didn’t seem too concerned with giving up the big pass plays.

“Three of those the coverage was there but two of them they had a 6-foot-whatever tight end on a 5-foot-3 defensive back,” McDonough said. “He was there. He just got out jumped. … Third play of the game we were caught a little flat footed, we were actually in a cover two which is a defense against a pass.

“It was third and long or whatever. He threw a beautiful pass and the safety didn’t get over.

Brookline coach Keith Thomas said they bank on the deep ball since they are so inexperienced on the offensive line.

“For us with our numbers, people can’t get hurt and if they do we have to be ready for that,” he said. “The good thing is if you look at some of those [big plays] it was a quick slant and he ran for it. The other one was a fly and then we had a lot of drops so I think the potential is there, we’re one play away.”

Ultimately, it was the Wolfpack’s run game that secured a 'W' for them in the season opener.

“He had a hell of a game,” McDonough said of Fahy. “He’s like one of the Mario Brothers bouncing all over the place out there. He’s a tough kid. Blocking up inside that sets up the outside so it just clicked.”

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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