Joe Gaff built the BC High offense around the rushing attack this season, but felt quarterback Sean Holleran had been throwing the ball well lately.
He trusted the junior signal-caller Friday night, and Holleran aired it out for 197 yards, completing 8 of his 11 pass attempts. Gaff turned back to the rushing attack to pound the ball into the end zone, but it was Holleran who paced the offense, leading the Eagles to a 28-0 victory against visiting Weymouth in the Division 1 South quarterfinals.
“We always knew Sean could throw,” Gaff said. “It’s about confidence, and we had a great conversation this week and asked him what he was comfortable with. And that’s what it came down to.”
BC High’s road to the South final will go through the Catholic Conference, as the fourth-seeded Eagles will play the winner of Saturday’s contest between top-seeded Xaverian and Catholic Memorial in the semifinals next week.
After a scoreless first quarter, Mitch LaFerriere rushed for a 3-yard score to give BC High a 7-0 lead with 57 seconds remaining in the first half. Holleran was a perfect 4 of 4 for 60 yards on the scoring drive.
“We’ve been working on it all week, it really came together and the offense opened up with it,” Holleran said.
On the ensuing possession, Scott Gosnell intercepted Weymouth quarterback David Harrison at midfield. Holleran completed a 37-yard pass to Ismail Asongwed, and then rushed for a 4-yard score to give BC High the momentum and a 13-0 halftime lead.
The Wildcats switched to quarterback Matt Long in the second half, but he was intercepted three times. The Eagles defense, a strength all season long, forced five turnovers.
BC High’s Connor Walsh picked off a pass from Long at midfield to start the second half, and two plays later, Asongwed broke a 42-yard touchdown run. Holleran hit Walsh for the 2-point conversion to make it 21-0 with 7:24 remaining in the third quarter.
Weymouth marched into the red zone on the next drive, but Gosnell intercepted Long’s pass at the 10 and returned it to the 40. Holleran found Will Johnson for a 55-yard gain, and LaFerriere capped the drive with a 1-yard score.