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Saturday's HS Football roundup

Thayer knows Bo — Maccormack, that is — after sophomore RB powers BB&N to convincing ISL win

Sophomore Bo Maccormack (left) crosses the goal line untouched on one of his three first-half rushing touchdowns in Buckingham Browne & Nichols' 41-21 victory over Thayer Academy in an Independent School League contest on Saturday.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Bo Maccormack was named after Bo Jackson, an athlete who’s been something of a role model for the Buckingham Browne & Nichols sophomore running back. Maccormack will pour over footage of Jackson, Christian McCaffrey, and CJ Spiller to integrate some of their moves into his game.

It’s no wonder Maccormack and Jackson share a name.

Maccormack rumbled for 160 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries, powering BB&N to a 41-20 Independent School League victory over Thayer Academy in Cambridge.

“Bo is what you want out of a football player, or what we think of as a Knights football player,” said BB&N coach Mike Willey. “He’s a strong kid, he’s tough, he’s a team-first guy — he’s all of those things. We have as much trust as you can ever have with a player in him. Not to mention, he’s really good.”


On the first offensive play for the Knights (1-1), Maccormack exploded through the B-gap by the right hashmark. A powerful runner from Westford, Maccormack showcased elite quickness, agility, and breakaway speed, going untouched on his 69-yard touchdown run.

BB&N's Bo Maccormack (right) spreads the love with some of his fans after scoring one of his three first-half touchdowns in Saturday's 41-20 victory over Thayer in Cambridge.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

“We wanted to come in and punch them in the mouth, first play,” said Maccormack. “We came out fast, with a lot of energy, and hit it before they were there and got a nice play off it. The offensive line had some great blocks, gave me a lot of space.”

Maccormack scored on three of the Knights’ first four drives, punching in touchdown rushes of 3 and 5 yards, constantly moving his feet and outmuscling defenders to demonstrate a complete mix of speed and power.

Maccormack cannot be singled out for defenses to stack the box, as Barnstable transfer Henry Machnik oversees a talented aerial attack.

The junior quarterback completed 8 of 14 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown, adding 25 yards on four rushes and a score on the ground. Senior Ronan Hanafin, a Clemson commit from Burlington; senior Isaiah Kacyvenski, a Harvard commit from Weston; and junior tight end Brett Elliott of Holliston gave Machnik a plethora of top-end targets.


Elliott hauled in three receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown, Kacyvenski reeled in a crossing route for 48 yards on the Knights’ third play, and Hanafin amassed 48 total yards despite being double- and triple-covered. The dual-threat nature of the Knights’ offense created mismatches Thayer was unable to handle.

“It means a lot, especially coming off last week,” said Machnik, referring to a 31-14 loss at Milton Academy, during which the Knights squandered a 14-10 lead late after giving up 21 unanswered fourth-quarter points. “This was huge, we needed that, a big bounce back. Personally, I don’t see us losing any more games this year.”

Thayer (1-1) will look to rebound next Saturday, as the Tigers host Milton Academy. The Knights welcome Governor’s Academy to town next week.

Belmont Hill 35, Roxbury Latin 7 — Senior captain Chris Milmoe threw a 35-yard touchdown and ran for a 2-yard score and senior Tom Mackey added rushing scores of 45 and 9 yards for Belmont Hill (1-1), which delivered first-year coach Bryson Rosser his inaugural win with the program.

Dexter Southfield 37, St. Luke’s 0 — Junior Quinn Carver rumbled for 138 yards and two scores on 10 carries, pacing Dexter (1-1) to a nonleague win. Junior Liam Andrews notched three sacks, with senior Takai Whitmore totaling 6.5 tackles and sophomore Chase Halfkenny netting 7.5 tackles and a sack each to power the defense.


Governor’s Academy 27, Brooks 24 — Senior Matt Shaw had three touchdowns in the second half for Governor’s Academy (1-1), including a 33-yard interception return, a 12-yard rush, and a 3-yard rush. Senior Michael Wolfendale was 9-of-19 passing for 140 yards and a touchdown for Brooks (1-1).

Lowell Catholic 32, KIPP Academy 12 — Alijah Iraola had himself a day, scoring on a 36-yard interception return and a 55-yard catch and adding eight solo tackles and a sack as the Crusaders (4-0) picked up a Commonwealth Athletic Conference win. Nick Sawyer added two touchdowns on 160 rushing yards and Joe Farina made 10 tackles.

Monomoy 14, St. John Paul II 6 — Dillon Chapman scored his second rushing touchdown with 25 seconds remaining, providing the winning score to lift the Sharks (3-1) to a Cape & Islands win.

Old Colony 30, Upper Cape 6 — Matt McGuiggan and Ryan Silva each rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Chris Egan added a touchdown run for the Cougars (4-0) in the Mayflower League win.

Rivers 38, Groton 7 — Maxwell Stevelman tossed touchdown passes of 99, 25, 7, and 25 yards and Nick Santaniello rumbled for a pair of rushing scores for the Red Wings (2-0) in the Independent School League win.

Correspondents Cam Kerry, Colin Bannen, Ethan Kagno, Brendan Kurie, Lenny Rowe, and Eamonn Ryan contributed to this report.


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