Ea­gles punch ticket to play­offs with shut-out win over Panthers

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

PER­RYVILLE — An­other year, an­other post­sea­son berth for the Bo­hemia Manor foot­ball team.

The Ea­gles shut out vis­it­ing Per­ryville, 28-0, Friday night to clinch a spot in the 1A state tour­na­ment for a sixth-straight year.

“It’s pretty spe­cial,” Bo Manor coach Joe Graf said. “I was able to take over for Todd [Shives], who did an ex­cel­lent job of es­tab­lish­ing the cul­ture here. Just be­ing able to con­tinue his streak, I get great kids that buy into what we do, lis­ten, and just want to soak up the knowl­edge of the game.”

The 1A ri­vals met in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale with a play­off spot up grabs. The win­ner would get in, the loser’s sea­son was likely over.

“We told them it’s ba­si­cally win or go home, but it was still just a foot­ball game,” Graf said. “Stay men­tally fo­cused and put your team­mates in the best po­si­tion pos­si­ble to win the game.”

Se­nior quar­ter­back Johnny Knight ac­counted for all four of his team’s touch­down – three through the air and one with his legs.

The first came when he hit Jake Har­ris over the mid­dle for a 54-yard touch­down mid­way through the open­ing quar­ter.

Less than a minute into the fol­low­ing quar­ter, Knight kept it him­self for a 46-yard touch­down scam­per.

“It was read-op­tion – just read­ing the D-end. We prac­ticed it all week, pre­pared for is. Saw it, pulled it, took off,” he said. “Our game plan com­ing in, we changed some things up and put a lit­tle shot­gun in. That re­ally helped us in the long run. Our line, give all the credit to them up front, they just did a hel­luva job block­ing for us.”

Knight com­pleted a 5-yard touch­down pass to Cameron Gar­cia 28 sec­onds be­fore half­time, then in­ter­cepted a Per­ryville pass on the fi­nal play of the half. The Ea­gles led 21-0 at the break.

“He’s a heck of a ball player, but it was all of our se­niors,” Graf said. “The se­niors re­ally stepped up tonight and led us. The O-line played phe­nom­e­nal – prob­a­bly the best game they’ve played all year.”

Knight and Gar­cia con­nected again af­ter half­time – this time for an 87-yard touch­down. The quar­ter­back hit the wide re­ceiver along the right side­line, who then spun out of a tackle be­fore run­ning more than 50 yards to the end zone.

“Great play. I had all day in the pocket,” Knight said. “He caught it and just did his thing.”

Knight noted the confi- dence Bo Manor gained from such a dom­i­nant per­for­mance en­ter­ing play­offs.

The Panthers en­tered av­er­ag­ing more than 26 points per game. The shut out was the third the Ea­gles have recorded.

“We talked all week that we had to get back to the de­fense that we had in the mid­dle of the sea­son – play­ing ag­gres­sive, play­ing smart,” Graf said. “They did what they were sup­posed to do. They were fo­cused all week in prac­tice.”

Bo Manor, the sec­ond seed, will host third-seeded Colonel Richard­son next Friday in the 1A East Re­gion semi­fi­nals.

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Bo­hemia Manor ju­nior Zachary Laird runs ahead of Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Con­nor McCroy (white shirt) and team­mates Alex Longe­way and Grant Franceschina (rear) at the 1A East Re­gion Meet at Fair Hill Thurs­day. Led by Laird’s first-place fin­ish, the Ea­gles se­cured their 10th con­sec­u­tive re­gion crown.

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