ATTLEBORO, Mass. -- Perhaps the New England Patriots and the New York Jets should have taken a page from Attleboro High’s playbook – specifically the page that details passing.
Just ask No. 24 Bishop Feehan.
Attleboro senior quarterback Tim Walsh completed 11-of-14 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns (he also ran for another), while junior wide receiver Brenden Massey caught five balls for 130 yards and four scores.
As a result, the Bombardiers presented first-year head coach Mike Strachan with his initial victory – a 35-3 romp over the Shamrocks in the season opener for both teams.
“We’ve had a couple of scrimmages and they’re both pretty special kids,” Strachan said of Walsh and Massey. “There’s enough to work on out there that we can improve on. But we’re pretty excited about that combination.”
That’s like saying Joe Montana was “pretty excited” about throwing to Jerry Rice.
“It was huge play-calling by the coaches and huge play up front,” said Walsh. “We had tons of time all night. It made it a lot easier for me.
“Receivers were running crisp routes and getting wide open. It made it made my job a lot easier.”
How wide is wide-open?: Perhaps the play that best underscored how wide-open Attleboro receivers were came on the Bombardiers’ last score.
Walsh dropped back and had enough time to devour a sandwich before launching a 30-yard touchdown pass to Massey who was all by himself as he crossed the goal line.
“We made some mistakes … there were too many penalties and too many missed assignments for us,” said Strachan. “But, overall, when you have a leader like Timmy … he’s a great quarterback and a great leader.
“But, again, we’re expecting some great things from those two.”
“Great things” didn’t start happening for Attleboro until early in the second quarter. That’s when the Bombardiers covered 69 yards in nine plays with Walsh tossing a 38-yard touchdown pass to Massey.
Then, after Feehan went three-and-out, Attleboro came right back, with Walsh connecting with Massey on a 49-yard scoring bomb that made the score 14-0 heading going into intermission.
Attleboro received a big lift when Stan Beaubrun returned the second-half kickoff 77 yards, which set up a six-yard touchdown pass from Walsh to Luke Morrison.
The Shamrocks again went three-and-out and Attleboro promptly upped its lead to 28-0 when Walsh dashed five yards off right tackle for a touchdown.
Feehan’s pressure non-existent: “I don’t even think we got stopped the whole second half,” said Walsh. “We were up 14-0 and got the ball (to start the second half). There was a huge return that continued the momentum and then we just put it in.”
Feehan averted a shutout when Brendan Mulligan kicked a 24-yard field goal 57 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Other than that, the closest Feehan came to scoring was late in the second quarter when Michael Gallagher led a ground game that enabled the Shamrocks to reach Attleboro’s 9. But Feehan was penalized for holding and, after a Matt Jesser pass fell incomplete, Attleboro blocked a 36-yard field goal attempt by Mulligan.
“We’ve been telling our kids to finish strong in everything we do,” said Strachan. “Again, we’re pretty happy for our first game.
“I think we go into a game trying to do certain things. I think Massey did a great job of stepping up tonight. He was put in a position where he could make plays, and he did. I hope that’s the case for us every week, that we different kids that can do that for us.”
ATTLEBORO 35, FEEHAN 3
ATT (1-0) 0-14-14-7 - 35
FEE (0-1) 0-0-0-3 - 3
A – Brenden Massey 38 pass from Tim Walsh (Mike Cannata kick)
A – Massey 49 pass from Walsh (Cannata kick)
A – Morrison 6 pass from Walsh (Cannata kick)
A – Walsh 6 run (Cannata kick)
B – Brendan Mulligan 24 field goal
A – Massey 30 pass from Walsh (Cannata kick)