McLennan, Eagles run over Huskies
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.”
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.”