By: Cameron Merritt
The AHS Blue Bombardiers can claim bragging rights as the best football team in the city. On September 13, they defeated their crosstown rivals, the Bishop Feehan High School Shamrocks, 35-3 at Feehan’s McGrath Stadium to win the Attleboro Elks trophy, opening new season with a great start. Bombardier leader Michael Strachan started off his Attleboro career on a high note as the new head coach.
“[We did a] great job. We knew that we were going to have to be ready for [Feehan]. They’re very well-coached, [and] very disciplined,” said Strachan following the game. “I thought there are a lot of things that we can improve on, but overall it was a good first game for us.”
Leading the way for the Bombardiers was quarterback Tim Walsh (12), who threw four touchdowns, three of which went to wide receiver Brenden Massey (11), and ran one in for himself. New kicker Mike Cannata (12) went a perfect five for five on point after attempts.
“Especially against our rival, [it was a] huge game for us,” said Walsh. “It was a pretty good score to start the season. We’ve got a lot of confidence now going into the second game.”
Feehan could only manage to score once the entire game, via a field goal by kicker Brendan Mulligan (12), after the Shamrocks were stopped quickly on their drives by the Attleboro defense. Defensive end Kyle Murphy (10) lead the way for the front line with five tackles.
“Oh my God, three points? Couldn’t ask for a better defense than that,” said Walsh. The Bombardiers struck first in the second quarter, when Walsh connected with Massey for a 39-yard touchdown with 9:25 left. A few minutes later, Walsh found Massey again, this time for 49 yards, and the team carried a 14-0 lead entering halftime.
Attleboro received the kickoff to start the second half, and it was returned 80 yards by Stanley Beaubrun (12), setting up a short drive that ended in a goal line pass by Walsh to tight end Luke Morrison (12). Walsh took it in himself later in the quarter to make it 28-0, in front of hundreds of Attleboro fans in the visitors’ bleachers.
The closest Feehan came to a touchdown was midway through the fourth quarter when running back Alex Richardson (11) returned a 62 yard kickoff, zig-zagging back and forth across the field in the process, to set the Shamrocks up at the goal line. However, those seven points eluded them, as the Bombardier defense shut them out of the end zone, forcing the home team to settle for a field goal.
Even though they had 28-3 lead, the Bombardiers never wavered in their pursuit of another touchdown. Walsh would find Massey for a third time again for 30 yards to make it 35-3 in the closing minutes.
His strong connection with Massey, Walsh said, was something they had practiced all summer.
“We’ve been working [on our connection] all offseason, and it was made a lot easier [tonight] with the [offensive] line blocking up front. Great play-call by Coach Strachan also,” said the quarterback, who inherited the job from his older brother Chris, a 2012 graduate of AHS, last season.
Following the game, AHS Principal Mr. Bill Runey posted a picture on Twitter of some of the players holding the trophy with the caption “City champs… again!” then followed up with a picture of the game ball, which had been given to him by Walsh and Strachan, and wrote “So humbled to be given a game ball after Feehan win! Just love this Blue Pride Community!”
The Bombardiers returned to home action the follwing Friday against Dartmouth, following a grand re-opening ceremony for the new Tozier-Cassidy Field, and won that game 42-12.