Air of confidence for BC High
Eagles take flight against Chelmsford
LOWELL - BC High was a run-first team all season, led by Preston Cooper, then Deontae Ramey-Doe when Cooper suffered a broken ankle Oct. 22.
But in the Division 1 Eastern Mass playoffs last night, coach Jon Bartlett decided on an air attack and quarterback Bartley Regan executed, throwing two touchdowns as the Eagles beat Chelmsford, 34-13, to advance to the Super Bowl.
“With some of the guys we have this year we know we could throw the ball, and today they needed to do that and we did a great job,’’ Bartlett said. “We knew they were going to bring pressure, so our guys did a good job picking that up.’’
Regan had nine completions in 10 attempts for 94 yards with one interception. The senior had little trouble getting the ball to receivers Jameson McShea, Gordon McLeod, and Lincoln Collins, but he gave most of the credit to his offensive line.
“Our pass game was effective, but our O-line really gave me enough time to execute,’’ Regan said. “Everything was open, we went over it all week and it just worked. I’m confident in my arm and I can count on my receivers to catch everything.’’
BC High (9-3) got off to a quick start with a 68-yard TD run from Ramey-Doe (16 carries, 133 yards) on its second play from scrimmage. But Chelmsford answered in the second quarter with a 6-yard run by quarterback Colby Emanouil.
After Ramey-Doe’s score, he ran for just 2 yards on four carries the rest of the half. But with the Eagles turning to the air, Regan hit Collins for a 13-yard score with 5:09 left in the second to give BC High a 14-7 lead.
On Chelmsford’s next possession, senior cornerback Yosa Nosamiefan intercepted Emanouil (17 for 22, 159 yards) at the 50-yard line and returned it for a touchdown to make it 21-7 at the break.
“The [interception] was big, it was a one-score game at the time and it was a momentum-builder - a big play by Yosa,’’ Bartlett said.
Regan’s success continued in the second half as he hit McLeod for a 12-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone in the third quarter.
Chelmsford’s Eddie Sheridan (13 carries, 40 yards) scored on a 4-yard run to make it 28-13. And after a fumble by Regan, Chelmsford (10-2) marched to the Eagles’ 30 but turned the ball over on downs.
Senior James Moynahan, who intercepted Emanouil in the first quarter, sealed the win with an 18-yard TD run with 4:14 left.
BC High will face Needham Saturday at Gillette Stadium for the Division 1 title.
“We’re going to take it hard and work all week,’’ Regan said. “I know Needham passes a lot, but our defense has been amazing all year.’’