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Xaverian 11, BC High 9

Xaverian converts in OT to top BC High

Xaverian’s Kenny Kern carries the ball — and a BC High defender — into the end zone for the key 2-point conversion in overtime.
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Xaverian’s Kenny Kern carries the ball — and a BC High defender — into the end zone for the key 2-point conversion in overtime.

WESTWOOD — Xaverian quarterback Jake Farrell’s frustration was visible after he missed two open receivers at the end of regulation with the score tied, 3-3.

But he collected himself for overtime and scrambled for a 5-yard touchdown to put the Hawks ahead. Charlie Stevenson gave him the go-ahead to call for a 2-point conversion.

Farrell handed off to fullback Kenny Kern, who barreled over the goal line for the conversion — the difference as Xaverian edged BC High, 11-9, in the Division 1 South semifinal playoffs at the Hawk Bowl Saturday.


“The offensive line was the anchor,’’ Farrell said. “They were outstanding blocking, but even with the mental aspect. I was frustrated and they calmed me down. It’s all about having a short memory. On the extra point, I had full faith in Kenny, he’s going to get positive yards every time.”

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Xaverian opted to take the ball first in overtime and scored, leaving BC High with the last possession. On third and goal, Eagles quarterback Sean Holleran connected with Ismail Asongwed for a 13-yard score to make it 11-9.

Holleran looked to tight end Connor Walsh in the corner of the end zone for the tying conversion, but the pass was high — Walsh nearly making a one-handed catch.

Xaverian (8-1) will host Attleboro (8-1) in the South sectional final next weekend.

“Both teams were a little spotty on offense, and defenses ruled the day,” Stevenson said. “What else would you expect besides a defensive struggle? We just hung on enough to win the game and make the plays in overtime.


“That ball [to Walsh] was just an inch away from being a completion for them, and an inch in favor for us.”

In the second quarter, Matt Rogers hit a 21-yard field goal to give Xaverian a 3-0 lead. On the next possession, BC High answered with a 31-yarder from Matt Johnson with 1:26 to play in the first half. Rogers pushed a 30-yard attempt left in the third quarter that would have put Xaverian ahead.

With 3:30 to play in regulation, BC High (5-4) took over from its 34-yard line.

Asongwed powered through Xaverian’s defense, rushing eight times for 48 yards to carry his team to the Xaverian 18-yard line. On third and 6, Holleran could not get the ball to Asongwed cleanly and Xaverian recovered the fumble.

It was BC High’s third and most costly turnover; the Eagles were threatening to set up a go-ahead field goal attempt in the final minute.


“This one is going to sting,” BC High coach Joe Gaff said. “We made three turnovers, and the one at the end was the big one. We were doing what we wanted to do, and you can’t blame [Asongwed]. He was a workhorse today, the heart and soul of our defense and offense, and I’d give him the ball again.”