McLen­nan, Ea­gles run over Huskies

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By MATT HICKS

Spe­cial to the Whig

— The first carry by Bo­hemia Manor run­ning back Bobby McLen­nan on Fri­day evening was a great in­di­ca­tion of what was in store for Pat­ter­son Mill.

Af­ter tak­ing the Ea­gles’ first play from scrim­mage 61 yards for a rush­ing touch­down, McLen­nan ac­cu­mu­lated 229 rush­ing yards and three touch­downs on 26 car­ries to lead vis­it­ing Bo Manor to a 42-28 win over the Huskies in Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion foot­ball ac­tion.

“It’s huge, three [wins] in a row,” Bo Manor head coach Joe Graf said fol­low­ing his team’s vic­tory. “We’ve got the ball rolling now. It’s al­ways nice to get a lit­tle streak go­ing.”

McLen­nan would

BEL AIR

strike again af­ter the Huskies tied the game on a 31-yard rush­ing touch­down by quar­ter­back Jor­dan Reid. Af­ter re­turn­ing the en­su­ing kick­off 20 yards, McLen­nan led the Ea­gles (5-2 over­all, 3-1 di­vi­sion) on a nine-play, 63-yard drive that he capped with an 8-yard touch­down run to put the Ea­gles in front, 14-7.

“I come out on the field with the mind­set that no­body can stop me,” McLen­nan said. “If ev­ery­one does their job, we’re go­ing to come out on top and be elite of­fen­sively, and that showed tonight. It’s a very big win, 5-2 is a lot bet­ter than 4-3. It’s a big morale boost.”

The back-and-forth game would con­tinue when Reid marched his Huskies 57 yards into Bo Manor ter­ri­tory be­fore find­ing his trusted re­ceiver Cooper Mattheu for a 14-yard pass­ing touch­down which tied the game. The Ea­gles again an­swered with a 10 play, 55-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard rush­ing touch­down by Si­las Whit­ting­ton, putting the Ea­gles ahead 21-14.

Bo Manor’s de­fen­sive back Johnny Knight would de­liver the dag­ger when he in­ter­cepted a Reid pass deep in Ea­gles ter­ri­tory and re­turned it over 65 yards for a touch­down, ex­tend­ing Bo Manor’s lead to 28-14 en­ter­ing half­time.

“That [pick six] changed the mo­men­tum. He’s a play­maker,” Graf said of Knight. “He read the pass and jumped it. I don’t think there’s many peo­ple who are go­ing to be able to catch him.”

McLen­nan would con­tinue to dom­i­nate the Huskies in the sec­ond half.

On the sec­ond play of the third quar­ter, he took the hand­off 47 yards for his third rush­ing touch­down of the game, putting the Ea­gles ahead by 21 points. Fol­low­ing a 24 -yard touch­down con­nec­tion through the air by Pat­ter­son Mill’s Reid and Mattheu, McLen­nan once again an­swered with his fourth touch­down of the night, an 83-yard kick­off re­turn that raised the Ea­gles’ lead to 42-21.

“He said it ear­lier in the week that he was ready and this was some­thing that he wanted,” Graf said of McLen­nan. “He re­mem­bered what [for­mer Bo Manor run­ning back] Justin Du­laney did last year with 310 yards on 41 car­ries [against Pat­ter­son Mill], so he knew that up-front his line would be very dom­i­nate. He’s a play­maker, too. When the ball is in his hands, he is elec­tric.”

The Huskies (1-6, 1-3) were able to find the end zone once more when Bren­dan Bandy rushed for a 5-yard score. The Ea­gles then took over and ran the fi­nal six min­utes off the clock, pre­serv­ing the 42-28 win and spoil­ing Pat­ter­son Mill’s home­com­ing in the process.

The Ea­gles’ play­ers and coaches didn’t shy away from where their fo­cus lies head­ing into next week.

“Elk­ton is our big­gest ri­val in terms of the his­tory,” Graf said of their county foe who they play on Thurs­day night. “There’s al­ways a lit­tle some­thing beat­ing in the chest for that game. I’ve been a part of it for a long, long time. On the Bo Manor side as a player and coach, and on the Elk­ton side as a coach. It’s some­thing spe­cial.”

McLen­nan felt the same way.

“We’ve been wait­ing for this Elk­ton game for the long­est time now,” he said. “And we’re go­ing to bring it to them.”

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