TAUNTON — Matt Allen was confident going into Tuesday night’s contest against Dighton-Rehoboth, but he didn’t expect this.
The senior running back collected three first-half touchdowns, all on the ground, to lead the Shamrocks over the Falcons, 49-7, in a Division 3A semifinal playoff game. Feehan (9-2) earned a spot in Saturday’s Division 3A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium against Lynnfield.
“This is what you dream about when you’re a kid,’’ said Allen, who has 10 touchdowns in his last four games. “It was awesome. My line just blocked terrific today. The holes I had to run through were huge. Massive.
“I did not expect this at all,” Allen continued, this time with a laugh. “You never expect a blowout in the playoffs.”
Meanwhile, the Shamrock defense was, well, average — for them.
Feehan entered the contest allowing 6.5 points per game, and Mike Mello’s 70-yard touchdown run 19 seconds in served as the only offensive highlight for the Falcons (9-2).
Dighton-Rehoboth failed to gain a first-half first down and was ineffective in the passing game.
“Their defensive front is so good and they’re so athletic at the linebacker position and the secondary position,” said Falcons coach Dave Driscoll. “Even when [our] guys were open, [Feehan] had closing speed and they were able to deflect passes.
“Sometimes you just got to say, ‘They are a better team than we are.’ No ifs, ands, or buts about it.”
After Mello’s score, Feehan senior quarterback Nick Romero got his team on the board minutes later with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Then Allen took over.
The 6-foot-1-inch, 172-pounder gave Feehan a 14-7 lead by the end of the first quarter with an 11-yard scamper.
Allen followed that with 39- and 53-yard touchdown runs on consecutive possessions to open the second quarter.
Allen’s partner in the backfield, sophomore Isaiah Douglas, got in on the fun with a 50-yard dash into the end zone, and Feehan senior captain Matthew Pisano capped the big half with a 2-yard scoring run to make it 42-7 at the half.
The final two quarters were more relaxed, with the Shamrocks seemingly content to run the ball for short gains to kill the clock. Pisano ended a six-minute drive in the third quarter with his second rushing TD, the second half’s only score.
“Our kids really just executed,” said Feehan coach Curt Smith. “They waited 365 days for this opportunity. They’ve been waiting for this, waiting for this, and they just let it rip today.”
Now, Feehan has three days to prepare for the Lynnfield Pioneers and running back Kyle McGah.
Huddled around Smith shortly after the coach’s postgame speech, it was as if the Shamrocks had already moved on from the first-round win.
“Our run is not done!” they yelled in unison. “Our run is not done!”