St. Bernard’s Spreads the Scoring Around in Blowout Win
FITCHBURG -- There’s strength in numbers.
And behind a powerful performance by the offensive line, a bevy of St. Bernard’s backs powered the Bernardians to a 34-7 victory over Blackstone-Millville at the Bernardian Bowl Friday night.
The Bernardians (6-1) rushed for four scores, put up 372 yards of offense and kept the visiting Chargers off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter, using multiple options to keep the guests off-balance.
“Between Jakai Alexandre, Dom Valera, Dazeen Figueroa, Carteair Cuadrado, Max Bigelow, Xavier Marty, Walter Morales and Domenic Cuevas, I’m switching out entire backfields at a time,” St. Bernard’s head coach Tom Bingham said of his embarrassment of offensive riches. “We’re trying to get everybody involved, and we still have a long way to go. We’ve got one more game and the playoffs and we’re hoping to make a deep run.
“We want to be healthy for the playoffs and be able to spread the ball around a little bit.”
Marty scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Bernardians, piling up 111 yards on six carries. Morales (56 yards on 6 carries) and Alexandre (65 yards on 3 carries) also ran for touchdowns and Cuevas (58 passing yards) connected with Figueroa on a 20-yard scoring strike in the first quarter.
Bigelow chipped in with 25 yards on the ground on three touches for the Bernardians, who led 20-0 at halftime.
The hosts came up with four fourth-down stops in the contest and collected a pair of turnovers, as well.
“I was proud of our defensive effort. We tried to be up-tempo,” Bingham said. “They were a little thin up front; they had their first-line guys, but they were thin after that. We felt like if we kept the defense and special teams up-tempo, we could kind of lean on them and benefit from that.”
Senior Robbie Seifring was the workhorse for BMR, racking up 110 yards on 18 carries. Switching between a running back and quarterback, Seifring completed just one pass for 8 yards and was intercepted by Morales in the third quarter.
“Seifring is as good as any back we’ve seen this year,” Bingham said. “He’s a lot faster than you would think for a kid his size. And from a toughness standpoint, we won’t see a back like him for the rest of the year. He’s something special.”
The senior ended St. Bernard’s bid for a shutout with 4:35 left in the game, breaking a tackle and rumbling 27 yards to the end zone, using a push from his teammates to break the plane. Seifring also booted the point-after through.
The Bernardians will host Gardner next Friday before beginning the postseason.
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