By Matt Noonan
MEDFORD, Mass. — After relying on its passing game to score an opening day win over South Hadley last Friday, Bishop Fenwick turned to its rushing attack on Saturday to score an impressive 48-7 victory over Arlington Catholic at Hormel Stadium.
Troy Irizarry highlighted his team’s initial Catholic Central Large (CCL) win by rushing for three touchdowns, including two scores in the opening session.
Costa Beechin (25-yards) and Luke Connolly (13-yards) each rushed for one score, as well, while Steven Woods tossed his fourth touchdown of the season early in the opening frame when he capped a two-play, 28-yard drive with a 21-yard strike to Chris Faraca on the left side.
Arlington Catholic, which outlasted Lowell Catholic last Friday, registered its only score at the end of the first quarter when quarterback Isaiah Osgood located Andrew Sullo down the far side for a 27-yard touchdown.
The touchdown was Osgood’s third of the season.
While Osgood’s touchdown did provide somewhat of a spark for the Cougars in the second quarter, it quickly disappeared late in the session when Bishop Fenwick’s Michael DiFelice pounced on a loose ball with two minutes remaining. Woods appeared to have mishandled the snap on his opponent’s one-yard line, but luckily DiFelice fell on the loose ball quickly — for a moment, it appeared as if maybe Arlington Catholic’s Niko Ceppi had recovered the loose ball, but the head referee flung his hands into the air shortly after the play had ended to signal it was a touchdown, not a touchback.
Bishop Fenwick is back in action next Friday, September 24 when they host Austin Prep at 7 p.m. while Arlington Catholic will visit Archbishop Williams for a 6 p.m. kickoff.