Bourne runs off Feehan
Epps, Canalmen wing it to advance
BRIDGEWATER - As more and more teams looking to rebuild adopt the spread offense, Bourne coach John McIntyre and dynamic senior captain Joe Epps have continued to succeed the old-fashioned way: by running the Wing-T.
Epps ran for three touchdowns last night and the Canalmen defeated Bishop Feehan, 22-14, at Bridgewater-Raynham High and punched their ticket to the Division 3A Super Bowl. Bourne will meet Hamilton-Wenham Saturday.
Epps’s speed and power for the South Coast Conference champs was on full display as he ran for 117 yards on 12 carries.
In just his second year at the helm of the Canalmen (12-0), McIntyre will have Bourne vying for an undefeated championship season Saturday.
“Who thought we’d be here?’’ said a beaming McIntyre, who led Bourne to a 6-5 finish in his first season. “I wasn’t so sure myself coming in. We battled, we played hard, we played tough, we played physical. That’s how we play. [Feehan] is an outstanding football team. They represented their conference very well.
“These kids really turned it around after a couple of one-, two-win seasons. It’s got nothing to do with me. It’s all my assistant coaches and the kids. You’ve got to give the kids a lot of credit. They’re starting to believe.’’
Tied at 14, Bourne took control with a 10-play, 80-yard drive to start the fourth quarter. After an illegal motion penalty, Bourne senior quarterback Jason Moriarty hit senior wingback Jake Achstetter for 28 yards to set up the Canalmen with first-and-goal on the Feehan 9-yard line.
Two plays later Epps rumbled in from 5 yards and Moriarty found Achstetter in the back of the end zone on the conversion for a 22-14 advantage with 4:46 remaining in the game.
“It felt great,’’ said Epps. “Of course, it was a really close game. It was really iffy. We didn’t know how it was going to turn out. We played strong.’’
Feehan (7-5) had two chances to answer but couldn’t finish. As quick as Bishop Feehan quarterback Andrew Murphy could take the snap, Bourne’s defensive line was in his face.
Bourne senior defensive end Drew Girouard had two sacks on Feehan’s final two possessions and knocked down a pass.
“We knew we had to get penetration,’’ said McIntyre. “Our line did a heck of a job.’’
Shamrocks senior fullback James Corbesero was effective running the belly in the first half and provided both of Feehan’s scores. His first was an 11-yard run with 3:43 remaining in the first quarter to cap a 12-play, 68-yard drive. And then with 3:25 left in the first half he finished an 11-play, 75-yard drive with a 4-yard scamper.
Epps, who increased his TD total to 22, ripped off a 51-yard score when he turned the corner on Bourne’s second play after the Canalmen recovered a Murphy fumble. Epps later scored from 3 yards with 1:54 left in the first quarter.