Coady takes charge in BB&N win

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The play was "29 Toss". Midway through the second quarter in BB&N's tussle tonight with Milton Academy, Chris Coady took a simple pitch, followed his pulling left guard (and little brother) Connor Coady up the left hashmarks, plowed his way through a high armtackle at the 50 yard line and marched unscathed the rest of the way, to paydirt.

"I expect to do that," Chris Coady said of the run, his second of three scores. "You have to have that mentality that no one is going to take you down."

The junior's 69-yard scamper made it 14-0 in favor of the Knights early on, and was just one of several highlight-reel runs for the Winchester native as he piled up 241 rushing yards on 23 carries as they cruised to a 40-20 win over Milton Academy amidst the rain at Russell Field.

Power was on display all night with the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, who will visit Duke tomorrow and currently holds lacrosse scholarship offers from Syracuse, Brown and Harvard.

"He's unbelievable. The kid's a tremendous football player," Papas said of Chris Coady, previously an option quarterback last season at St. John's Prep. "To make this transition on both sides of the ball, from quarterback and free safety to running back and linebacker, he's truly been amazing. You saw him, I mean he's strong as a horse, and he's getting better every week. That's the scary part about it."

A shanked Milton punt in the first quarter gave BB&N a starting drive at the 32-yard line, and the Knights took full advantage. Coady started the drive with an 11-yard run, and after a 20-yard strike from Eric Bertino (151 passing yards, TD) to Brendan O'Neil put the ball at the one, Chris Coady finished it with a short plunge.

Milton responded with a touchdown drive in similar fashion, a 17-yard strike from Nick Bland (169 passing yards, 97 rushing yards, two total touchdowns) to Josh Jordan that set up a one-yard scoring run from Ben Ticknor. But BB&N answered right back, marching 69 yards in four plays, scoring on a 23-yard pass from Bertino to Peter Savarese (150 all-purpose yards) to take a 22-6 lead with less than 90 seconds left in the half.

From therein, BB&N was able to put it away. Ralph Malin's 30-yard field goal gave the Knights a 25-6 lead headed into the fourth, and the defense held tight as Milton showed spunk late behind sophomore wideout Ryan Rizzo (three catches, 104 yards, TD) and Bland, who started in place of the injured Charlie Storey.

"Their quarterback really stepped in and did a nice job tonight," Papas said. "But I thought for us after last week we slipped a little bit defensively (a 33-28 win over Governor's), and I thought tonight we really stepped up."

BB&N 40, Milton Academy 20

MIL 0 6 0 14 --- 20

BBN 8 14 3 15 --- 40

First Quarter

B - Chris Coady 1 run (Coady run) 2:52

Second Quarter

B - Coady 69 run (Ralph Malin kick) 8:51

M - Ben Ticknor 1 run (pass failed) 3:43

B - Peter Savarese 23 pass from Eric Bertino (Malin kick) 1:50

Third Quarter

B - Malin 30 field goal 8:17

Fourth Quarter

M - Ryan Rizzo 24 pass from Nick Bland (pass failed) 11:05

B - Coady 20 run (Sam Kimball pass from Bertino) 8:10

B - Savarese 8 run (Malin kick) 6:03

M - Bland 1 run (Bland run) 1:34