With a primetime matchup against Everett waiting in the wings Friday, the BC High Eagles made sure to take care of Taunton first, dominating the Tigers in a 35-0 whitewashing yesterday in a nonleague matchup in Dorchester.
No. 3 BC High, avoiding the upset that took down fellow Catholic Conference power and top-ranked St. John's Prep Friday night in Brockton, got touchdowns from four players on its first four possessions in the easy victory.
The Eagle defense also put up a dominating performance, keeping the Tigers off the scoreboard and not allowing a first down until near the end of the third quarter. BC High (4-0) held Taunton to less than 50 yards of total offense.
BC High coach Jon Bartlett said he'd stressed to his team not to look ahead to Friday's showdown against the fourth-ranked Crimson.
"We talked about it right from the first practice this week, not looking past Taunton," he said. "They've improved dramatically since last year. We reminded the kids every day to not look past Taunton, to come ready to play, and they did."
With the game at 21-0 as the half drew to a close, the Eagles nearly slipped up.
BC High quarterback Bill Kiley threw a screen pass near midfield that was intercepted by Taunton linebacker Michael Middleton, who had a wide open field for the return.
Kiley, however, didn't give up on the play, and caught Middleton at the 2-yard line, and forcing a fumble that the Eagles recovered. Three plays later Kiley connected with Brandon Cipolla for an 87-yard gain. The play led to an 8-yard Kiley touchdown run, giving BC High a 28-0 lead at halftime.
"They don't really let me do those drills in practice, so whenever I get the chance [to make a tackle] I'm going to try to do it as well as I can," Kiley said. "I had to make up for throwing the interception, and that's how I did it."
Kiley completed 8 of 9 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more TDs. Kyle Ewanouski and Tyler Horan ran for the others.
Bartlett said better weather conditions allowed BC High to open up its attack, leading to Kiley's big day.
"We have another facet of our game with Billy. He throws a great ball," he said. "Two out of our [previous] three games have been in monsoons, so we haven't really utilized him to his true potential. It was nice to see him have a good day today."
Kiley said the team wasn't about to bask in the glow of victory for long, not with Everett up next.
"We don't even really look at those rankings. That's just what the kids at school talk about," he said. "We're just getting pumped up for this game, because it's huge. We know they're beatable this year and we have a good team, so we're just going to go out and get a good week of practice and just do the best we can against Everett."