Stuck in neutral through three quarters, the Bishop Feehan offense sprung to life in the nick of time Friday night.
Shamrocks senior Nick Yanchuk amassed 93 yards rushing on a single drive for Feehan, including the winning 41-yard score, as the Shamrocks dealt No. 17 Bishop Fenwick its first loss in a 20-3 decision to draw even in the Catholic Central Large Division.
Yanchuk amassed 222 yards on 26 carries in all for Feehan (4-3, 4-1), which won its fourth straight game following an 0-3 start to the season. Yanchuk, who missed time due to injury earlier in the season, added the icing 20-yard score for the Shamrocks with just under 4 minutes remaining vs. the Crusaders (6-1, 4-1).
“I trust the offensive line to make blocks, they trust me to run behind them,” Yanchuk said. “We all trust each other and that’s what makes us so good. I think we have one of the best lines in the region.”
Yanchuk ran behind a line featuring the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Case Mankins — the son of former New England Patriots stalwart Logan Mankins — as well as Tristen Upton (5-11, 255), Sean Finucane (6-1, 280), Eddie Cinelli (6-3, 275) and Jake Gosselin (6-0, 235).
“We put a lot on our offensive line and we put a lot on Nick,” said Feehan coach Bryan Pinabell. “It’s what we do.”
Fenwick, after losing a fumble on its opening possession, advanced to the red zone on each of its next three offensive sets. But aside from an Aidan Silva 33-yard field goal on the first such series, the Crusaders came away with nothing to show for them.
Fenwick then went three-and-out on each of its next two offensive possessions, and following Yanchuk’s first touchdown run, proceeded to lose a fumble. Feehan defensive lineman Brendan Koss — who has experience at fullback as well — scooped up the fumble and scored from 20 yards out, giving the Shamrocks a 13-3 lead with 5:53 remaining.
“He does have a little experience touching the ball, but you know them big defensive linemen, they see the ball and their eyes get big,” Pinabell said. “I don’t think he was going to get stopped.”
Crusaders quarterback Bryce Leaman completed 21 of 40 passes for 218 yards in the setback.
Andover 42, Lowell 6 — Scott Brown passed for a touchdown and rushed for three more as the Golden Warriors (7-0) erupted for 42 first-half points in a Merrimack Valley romp. Andover clinched its first outright MVC title since 1975 with the win.
Archbishop Williams 15, Bishop Stang 14 — Joe Schwartz hooked up with Lorenzo Jackson on two TD passes, including a 7-yarder at the buzzer, and Marcus Thurston blasted in with the conversion to lift the Bishops (3-4) to the dramatic Catholic Central victory.
Billerica 35, North Andover 34 — Senior JT Green ignited the game with a 35-yard touchdown, added a pair of TD plunges in the second half to go along with a 75-yard fourth-quarter TD pass to junior Gus O’Gara as the No. 16 Indians (7-0) staved off a threat to their undefeated season in the Merrimack Valley win.
Bishop Feehan 20, Bishop Fenwick 3 — Nick Yanchuk rumbled for 222 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries to lead the Shamrocks (4-3) to a big Catholic Central League victory over the No. 17 Crusaders (6-1).
Catholic Memorial 42, Malden Catholic 0 — Quarterback JC Petrongolo threw for first-quarter touchdowns of 17 and 35 yards, leading the top-ranked Knights (6-0) to a Catholic Conference win. Carson Harwood scampered for two rushing touchdowns, highlighted by a 95-yard dash for a score.
Chelmsford 51, Westford 13 — Manny Marshall hauled in first-quarter touchdowns of 56, 1 and 20 yards and added another 10-yard TD catch in the third quarter, Dan Craig was credited with a safety and also scored a 48-yard receiving touchdown, and Kyle Wilder ran for 100 yards and threw for 178 with 5 TDs as the 20th-ranked Lions (6-1) cruised to a nonleague win.
Dennis-Yarmouth 8, Martha’s Vineyard 7 — With 15 seconds left, the Vineyarders (1-6) had a shot to win the game on a 27-yard field goal. Senior Jacob Snowden prevented that from happening, as he blocked the attempt and secured the Cape & Islands win for the Dolphins (3-4).
Sophomore quarterback Jayden Barber rushed for a 1-yard score and then tossed a 2-point conversion midway through the fourth quarter to put the Dolphins up by one.
Dover-Sherborn 33, Millis 7 — Michael Polk ran in a 28-yard touchdown and caught a 5-yard touchdown from Garrett Webb to highlight a Tri-Valley League home win for the Raiders (7-0).
Fairhaven 15, Seekonk 12 — After trailing 12-0, Jake Maccolini drilled a 25-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to lift the Blue Devils (7-0) to a South Coast Conference win to clinch the Gold Division title, repeating as champions.
“I’ve been a part of a lot of football games and this one was up there for sure,” said Fairhaven coach Derek Almeida. “It’s a big accomplishment. I feel good about it, winning a league title.”
The Blue Devils forced a turnover with two minutes remaining, as Connor Sorrelle nabbed an interception on a ball that was tipped 15-yards downfield. Strong work in the running game marched the Blue Devils down the field to set up Maccolini for the heroics.
Foxborough 36, Canton 14 — Quarterback Mike Marcucella tossed three scores as the Warriors (3-4) reeled off 36 unanswered points en route to a Hockomock League Davenport Division win. Brandon Mazenkas-O’Grady broke loose for a 76-yard rushing score to open the scoring for the Warriors.
Greater Lawrence 21, Greater Lowell 9 — Andy Esquivel (16 rushes, 188 yards) scored on runs of 68 and 50 yards to propel the Reggies (1-6) over the Gryphons (2-5) in Commonwealth play.
Holliston 50, Medfield 13 — Devin Harding rushed for three touchdowns and Brady Sweeney returned an interception 98 yards as the Panthers (6-1) remained undefeated in league play with a Tri-Valley Large victory. They’ll battle Hopkinton (6-1) next week for the TVL crown.
Joseph Case 34, Bourne 28 — Nathan Wood (176 yards, touchdown), Devin Silva (114 yards), and Braden Bibeau (109 yards, 2 TDs) led the Cardinals (1-5) to a South Coast victory against Bourne.
Latin Academy 36, East Boston 8 — Freshman Jack Shapiro got the start and threw an 18-yard touchdown to his senior brother Brennan Shapiro, Chris Elston and Caleb Idahor rushed for 65-yard and 44-yard TDs, respectively, and Henry Melkonian returned an interception 25 yards as the Dragons (6-1) cruised to a City League win.
Lincoln-Sudbury 24, Wayland 9 — Junior Jake Haarde had three catches for 80 yards and a pair of 21-yard TDs and senior Mason Greenfield made four catches for 95 yards and a 35-yard TD along with a rushing score to spark the Warriors (3-4) to a Dual County League win.
Lynn Classical 20, Revere 14 — Freshman Tyren Hoeun scampered for 226 yards on 22 carries and a pair of touchdowns, powering the Rams (5-1) in a Greater Boston win. Kymani Phipps notched 14 tackles — four for loss — for Lynn Classical.
Lynn English 38, Somerville 0 — Edwin Castro and Jarvin Simon each rumbled for two rushing touchdowns and Shane Knowlton returned the a kickoff 70-yards for a score to vault the Bulldogs (3-4) to a Greater Boston League victory.
Lynnfield 27, Amesbury 16 — Tyler Adamo passed for three touchdowns, powering the Pioneers (5-2) in a Cape Ann win. James Sharkey hauled in a touchdown reception, scampered in for a 6-yard score, and corralled an interception for Lynnfield.
Mansfield 35, Oliver Ames 0 — Connor Zukowski connected with Trevor Foley for 27-yard, 28-yard, and 43-yard passing touchdowns as the No. 11 Hornets (6-1) cruised to a Hockomock League home win.
Marshfield 40, Silver Lake 19 — After going down 13-0 early, the Rams (5-2) responded with four unanswered touchdowns, two of which came in the third quarter on receptions by Charlie Carroll from Anthony Molander. Jack Marini added TD rushes of 5 and 2 yards and Nic Cupples and Davin True rushed for TDs of 15 and 41 yards, respectively, as Marshfield earned a Patriot League Keenan win.
Masconomet 27, Danvers 21 — Will Shannon rushed for 77 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns for the Chieftains (4-3, 2-1), including a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter and the winning 3-yard score in overtime to knock off the Falcons (3-4, 2-1) in Northeastern Conference play in Boxford.
Melrose 37, Burlington 28 — Dom Delgado and Nico Chiulli combined for three fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns, providing the Red Hawks (5-2) the edge in a Middlesex battle. Josh Madden added two touchdown passes, a 45-yard toss to Oto Albanese and a 75-yard strike to Ben Cassavoy, and corralled an interception. Melrose forced five turnovers in the win — four picks and a fumble recovery.
Middleborough 35, Abington 8 — Jacob Briggs ran for a 45-yard touchdown and threw scoring passes of 32, 29 and 51 yards to three different receivers to lead the Sachems (6-1) to the South Shore win.
Monomoy 28, Upper Cape 8 — Quinn Connors caught a 50-yard touchdown and returned an interception 51 yards for a score and quarterback Jake Vagenas threw touchdowns to three different receivers to propel the Sharks (4-3) to a nonleague win.
Nashoba Valley Tech 50, Minuteman 0 — Colby Catterton rushed for a 25-yard score and tossed three touchdowns, while Connor Buchman ran for TDs of 50 and 11 yards. Anthony Montesanti, Kamari Litalian, and Kai Mackessy each pulled in a score and the visiting Vikings (6-1) caught wind in their sails as they coasted a Commonwealth win on the road.
Newton North 28, Stoughton 7 — Senior Akeale Rather (interception return) and junior Ajani Gordon (fumble recovery) scored two defensive touchdowns for the Tigers (2-5) in a nonconference win.
Newton South 35, Boston Latin 8 — Zach Gabriel (24 carries, 146 yards, 3 TDs) led the way for the Lions (3-4) in their Dual County League victory over the Wolfpack (4-2).
North Attleborough 3, Taunton 0 — Austin Clemente’s 24-yard field goal made the difference for the Red Rocketeers (5-2) in the Hockomock win.
North Reading 46, Newburyport 7 — Craig Rubino caught 18-yard, 39-yard, and 61-yard touchdown passes from Alex Carucci in a dominant Cape Ann League win for the Hornets (6-1).
O’Bryant 20, English High 14 — Montavius Zollarcoffer scampered for three rushing scores — including a 62-yard rumble — and a passed for a two-point conversion as the Tigers (3-2) notched a Boston City League win.
Old Colony 34, South Shore Voc-Tech 6 — Max Finney ran for 80 yards and scored 15-yard and 32-yard rushing touchdowns to help the Cougars (7-0) clinch their second consecutive Mayflower Small Vocational championship.
Old Rochester 42, Somerset Berkley 28 — Walter Rosher exploded for 131 yards and four rushing TDs and Jackson Martin notched 170 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and racked up 13 solo tackles as the visiting Bulldogs (5-1) stayed undefeated in the South Coast Large.
Peabody 37, Gloucester 7 — Shea Lynch passed for touchdowns of 46, 44 and 22 yards while five different players scored for the Tanners (7-0) in the Northeastern Conference win.
Plymouth South 21, North Quincy 0 — Casius Johnson (204 yards on 27 carries), Gio Ruberio (71 yards of six carries) and Heath McGilvray (two sacks) all scored a touchdown for the Panthers (7-0) in the team’s Patriot League victory against North Quincy.
Rockland 48, Saugus 12 — Quarterback Michael Moriarty tossed four touchdowns, finding Lucas Leander on first-quarter TDs of 5 and 28 yards to pace the Bulldogs (5-2) in the nonleague win. Gaven Wardwell and Dom and Ian White each recorded a rushing score.
Sandwich 22, Nauset 12 — Brady Carroll (21 rushing attempts for 224 yards, one interception) amassed three rushing touchdowns, including a 96-yard dash for a fourth-quarter score, in a Cape & Islands League win for the Blue Knights (5-2). Brendan Peno punched in a pair of 5-yard rushing scores for the Warriors (4-3).
Shawsheen 42, Northeast 14 — Sid Tildsley launched 14 completions for 331 yards and six touchdowns, including three scores of 50-plus yards, in the Commonwealth road win for the Rams (7-0). He threw 32-yard and 78-yard touchdowns to Zachary Rogers, 7-yard and 55-yard touchdowns to Mavrick Bourdeau, and 9-yard and 57-yard touchdowns to Caleb Caceres.
Stoneham 34, Wilmington 11 — Colin Farren returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, kickstarting a performance in which the senior amassed six carries for 120 yards and a score and two catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Spartans (6-1) to a Middlesex League Freedom Division win. Senior Mikey Pignone nabbed two interceptions.
TechBoston 32, South Boston 0 — The Bears (5-1) put up 32 first-half points as they cruised to a shutout Boston City League win on the road. Freshman Ahmir Carrington had just two rushing attempts, but they both went for touchdowns of 30 and 31 yards. Senior QB Leo Bowman also attacked on the ground with 85 yards and two TDs on four attempts, while sophomore Khamani Buchanan had a 20-yard score.
Walpole 31, Needham 14 — Corey Kilroy threw for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another, as the Timberwolves (6-1) took a Bay State win. Sean O’Brien caught both TD passes and took an interception to the house.
Wellesley 45, Framingham 7 — Vincent Ferrara rushed for a touchdown and passed for three more, including a 38-yard strike to his twin brother Xavier, as the Raiders (5-2) rolled to the Bay State Conference win. Max Poirier and Henry Redgate added rushing scores for Wellesley.
West Bridgewater 42, Littleton 7 — Sean Carter kicked off the scoring with two 2-yard TD rushes and later caught a 13-yard pass from James Harris. Harris added two more rushing touchdowns, including a 92-yard rumble, as the visiting Wildcats (5-2) earned a non-league win.
Whitman-Hanson 41, Plymouth North 6 — Senior Evan Casey scored twice on just three carries, Nick Beauregard, Cam Burrows, Patrick Dolan, and Johnny Walker added scores, and Will Frazier tallied 95 yards and an interception for the Panthers (4-3) in the Patriot win.
Winthrop 27, Salem 21 — George Galuris scored on a 67-yard punt return and a 5-yard scramble — and added a two-point conversion rush — as the Vikings (4-3) eked out a Northeastern win. Welvis Acosta and Demetri Koutsouflakis added rushing touchdowns for Winthrop.
Xaverian 55, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 6 — Michael Oates rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a 52-yard pass from Henry Hasselbeck (4 TDs) in the Catholic Conference win for the third-ranked Hawks (6-1).
Jake Levin reported from Attleboro. Correspondents Cam Kerry, Mitch Fink, Ethan Fuller, Eamonn Ryan, and AJ Traub contributed to this report.
Friday’s high school football coverage:
- Central Catholic takes care of business, presents coach Chuck Adamopoulos with his 200th career victory
- Honoring No. 3 in their hearts, Brooks hands Rivers its first loss in ISL-9 showdown
- Duxbury gets back to the basics in Patriot League win over Hingham
- In a clash of ISL-7 unbeatens, St. Sebastian’s turns opportunistic for road win at Lawrence Academy
- North Attleborough puts its best foot forward in tight win over Taunton
- Roundup: Nick Yanchuk helps Bishop Feehan rally late to hand No. 17 Bishop Fenwick its first loss of season