The Big Story: Brother Rice 20, Providence 0
Brother Rice continued their surprising and dominant start to the season by going on the road for the first time this season and shutting out Providence. The Crusaders controlled every phase of the game. They had over 300 yards of offense and three touchdowns against a Celtics defense that had only given up 20 points through their first four games, and the Celtics offense was on the field for just over 18 minutes and gained only 81 total yards of offense after averaging 29 points per game entering Friday’s contest.
As has been the story of the season for Brother Rice, everything runs (but mostly passes) through quarterback John Bean. Bean had yet another standout performance, throwing for 205 yards and 3 TDs (all of them to Dylan Summers). Providence had no answer for the receiving one-two punch of Summers and Anthony Arquilla, who were seemingly always open enough for Bean and combined for 17 catches, 168 yards, and Summers’ 3 TDs. The Crusaders scored on three of their five first-half drives and took a 20-0 lead into the locker room, a lead they never gave back.
In the end, the Celtics felt like there wasn’t much more they could have done to slow down the Crusader offense.
“They have a very good offense and their quarterback was right on target,” Providence head coach Mark Coglianese said afterward. “He made some great throws, I thought we had very good coverage and their receivers made some great catches.”
Brother Rice head coach Brian Badke had plenty of praise for his offense as well:
“It’s a very difficult thing to defend when you can throw the ball with weapons on the outside and run the ball effectively,” he said. “Providence did a good job forcing us to throw the ball and we took advantage of those situations.”
A subplot to this result is that the Crusaders are now playoff eligible. They’ll look to continue their winning streak next week against St. Rita. As for the Celtics, they’ll host Hope Academy against whom they’ll hope to get things back on track.
Player of the Game
Dylan Summers (BR): 10 catches, 83 yards, 3 TD
He gets the edge over Bean because two of his three TD catches were phenomenal. Also, congratulations to Dylan on committing to Cornell.
Elsewhere: St. Rita 13, Montini 29
Brother Rice isn’t the only Catholic League Blue team sitting at 5-0, as Montini made their debut in CCL Blue play with a big win over St. Rita. The back-end of the Broncos’ schedule is tough, with Loyola, Providence and Brother Rice all still to go in their final four games. They’ll have plenty of opportunities to prove they’re for real.
As for the Mustangs, they fall to 1-4 which means they’d have to run the table the rest of the season in order to make the playoffs. With a trip to Brother Rice looming next week, it doesn’t get any easier for the Mustangs.
Around the League
Loyola 21, St. Ignatius 14
Brother Rice 5-0 (2-0)
Montini 5-0 (1-0)
Providence 4-1 (1-1)
Loyola 3-2 (0-1)
St. Rita 1-4 (0-2)
Montini @ Loyola
St. Rita @ Brother Rice
Providence vs. Hope Academy