The BC High Eagles varsity football team lost an away game by a score of 18-14 after a late comeback attempt was spoiled on Saturday, September 28 against Tewksbury Memorial High School. The Eagles rode the momentum from their home win against Marshfield into this game, scoring on their first two drives. Tewksbury won the coin toss and deferred possession, and in turn the Eagles capitalized on their opportunity to score first, driving eighty-two yards for a touchdown on just eight plays. Senior running back and linebacker Brendan Cassamajor carried the ball ten yards for the first touchdown of the game. BC High kicked off with a seven-point lead, but Tewksbury drove downfield for their own touchdown. However, the Eagles held their lead because they blocked Tewksbury’s extra point. On their next drive, the Eagles moved the ball sixty-two yards for seven more points, with junior quarterback Bobby Weisenhahn scoring on a keeper from one yard out.
The BC High defense overall had a strong first half, with senior linebacker Joey Brink, junior cornerback Carter Rice, and junior linebacker Ryan Carney all intercepting passes. Following their initial touchdown, Tewksbury did not score in the first half, with junior Jack O’Connell and senior Ozzy Trapilo leading the charge defensively.
In the second half, Tewksbury received the ball and drove downfield for a touchdown. Yet, with a chance to tie the game, the Tewksbury quarterback threw an incomplete pass on the two-point conversion. However, on the ensuing drive, they forced a BC High punt, which was closely trailed by a turnover on downs. Another BC High punt followed, and they took the lead for the first time in the game, scoring to make it 18-14 Tewksbury.
With the ball on their own eight-yard line, the Eagles had about four minutes left on the clock to come back and win with a touchdown. However, they managed only one first down before punting, giving the ball back to Tewksbury with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. The Eagles’ defense stood strong, forcing a fourth down with four yards to go when the two-minute warning hit. However, Tewksbury rolled the dice and came up with enough yardage to ice the game with a first down.
BC High’s offensive leaders were Weisenhahn, Cassamajor, Rice, and senior Jacob Perez. Weisenhahn finished with a line of 15/26 for 191 yards, along with a 1-yard rush touchdown on his lone attempt. Brendan Cassamajor finished with 7 rushes for 35 yards and the first BC High touchdown. Rice, along with his strong defensive play, caught 5 passes for 57 yards. Perez hauled in 4 passes for a team high – 94 receiving yards. Defensively, Trapilo and Carney each contributed to a team high of seven tackles. Seventeen different players contributed at least one tackle.
BC High finishes September at 1-2, while Tewksbury improves to 2-1.
LOOKING AHEAD: BC High takes on Capital Prep in Connecticut on Saturday, October 5 at 1:00 p.m., while Tewksbury plays North Andover at home that same day.