WESTWOOD — Xaverian did just fine in Week 1 without Shayne Kaminski, who was sidelined with a broken left toe, but having the senior captain back on the field was a welcome sight for Charlie Stevenson’s Hawks.
Kaminski rumbled for a 31-yard touchdown on the second drive of the game to give Xaverian a lead it never relinquished in beating top-ranked Bridgewater-Raynham, 49-13, Saturday.
It was the second time No. 10 Xaverian (2-0) knocked off the No. 1 team after beating Everett, 20-8, in Week 1.
“Shayne clearly brings a lot more firepower to our backfield,” Stevenson said of Kaminski, who had 137 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
More importantly, Kaminski and Joe Gaziano served as the pulse of Xaverian’s defense, which set the tone and smothered running back Brandon Gallagher (16 rushes, 42 yards).
“We studied film a lot this week and once we got [Gallagher] in the backfield, that was going to slow him up,” Kaminski said. “We were pretty quick to the ball.”
Following Kaminski’s score, Bridgewater-Raynham (2-1) faced third and 4 from its own 27-yard line. Gaziano rushed the edge and strip-sacked Matt Clement. Kaminski recovered at the Trojans’ 18-yard line. Noah Sorrento’s 13-yard TD run gave the Hawks a 14-0 lead. The fumble recovery highlighted an exceptional defensive performance by the Hawks, who finished with three sacks and an interception. In addition, Xaverian blocked a pair of punts, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
“We made big plays,” Stevenson said. “Everything went our way today. We couldn’t play them 10 more times and have a game even close to that again. [Coach Dan Buron] does an outstanding job and they’re a good football team.”
Bridgewater-Raynham got on the board in the second quarter when Clement hit Ryan Martin with a 29-yard touchdown pass, but Xaverian reeled off 35 unanswered points.
With 2:14 to play in the half, junior quarterback Jake Farrell connected with AJ King for a 62-yard touchdown. King was blanketed by a pair of defenders, but he broke off his route and came back to the ball, split the defenders, and scored.
Martin answered for Bridgewater-Raynham with a 72-yard kickoff return to the Xaverian 27, but on the next play, Hawks freshman Mekhi Henderson intercepted Clement at the goal line. Farrell led the Hawks up the field, and with time expiring, delivered a perfect pass to King for a 47-yard touchdown and 28-6 halftime lead.
“[Farrell’s] ability to go in at Everett in his first start [last week], I’d be scared and wouldn’t be able to make any plays and he just doesn’t feel pressure,” King said. “He just stands in the pocket and makes throws. He’s a tough kid.”
The Trojans started the second half with the ball, but were forced to punt, which Gaziano blocked and Henderson scooped up for a 30-yard score. On the ensuing possession, Elijah Pierre blocked another Bridgewater-Raynham punt, and Gaziano returned it to the 1-yard line. Kaminski punched in the touchdown, and then scored again on a 54-yard run for a 49-6 lead.