BC High quarterback Sean Holleran struggled in the first half of Friday night’s contest against No. 6 St. John’s Prep, prompting coach Joe Gaff to pull aside his junior signal-caller and deliver a set of adjustments necessary for a sharper performance.
“We got on Sean a little bit at halftime,” Gaff said. “But to his credit, he took it, and made the adjustments a great young kid would do. It’s growing pains. He’s really working hard at it and he made some great choices at the end of the second half.”
With 2:28 to play, Holleran orchestrated a 66-yard, game-winning drive, accounting for 51 of the yards. Senior Mitch LaFerriere capped the series with a 6-yard score to lift No. 16 BC High to a 13-6 victory over the Prep.
Holleran threw an interception in the first half, but atoned with a series of smart decisions in the game’s final minutes.
On third and 8, he completed an 18-yard pass to Geoffrey Stillman to bring BC High (4-2, 2-0) to the St. John’s Prep 38.
He rushed for 16 yards, then followed with a 9-yard gain. On second and 1, St. John’s Prep (4-3, 2-1) went offside to give BC High a first down, then Holleran rushed for an 8-yard pickup to set up LaFerriere’s touchdown. The point after was blocked.
“I deserved that chewing [at halftime],” Holleran said. “[Gaff] just told me guys were open and I had to hit them. There were people open all night and I didn’t hit them. But in the second half, it came together.”
Joe Masterson intercepted Holleran in the first quarter, and eight plays later, St. John’s Prep scored on a 1-yard run by quarterback Michael Geaslen for a 7-0 lead.
On the next drive, BC High ran 7:36 off the clock and got to the Prep 18-yard line, but was stopped on fourth and 1 to end the half.
Early in the third quarter, Geaslen completed a pass to Owen Rockett, who fumbled near the sideline. BC High recovered at the 42 and rattled off eight straight rushes to get to the 1, with Holleran taking it in from there to make it 7-7 with 2:56 remaining in the third quarter.
After BC High went ahead, St. John’s Prep tried a hook-and-ladder with 48 seconds left, but the lateral was fumbled and BC High recovered and ran out the clock.
“In defensive spots they played really good and started pounding at us,” St. John’s Prep coach Jim O’Leary said. “But you can’t have completions, first downs, and turn the ball over at the end of them.”
In the first quarter, BC High’s Robert Harnais was on his way to what would have been an 87-yard score, but he came up limping at midfield and was tackled. Gaff said he injured his left hamstring.