Catholic Memorial Edges Away from Billerica High
BILLERICA -- Catholic Memorial sophomore running back Darius LeClair rushed 23 times for 172 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead his team to a 40-26 win over host Billerica on Friday night.
CM 40, Indians 26
The Indians fell to 2-3 on the season. The Knights improved to 4-2 overall.
The game saw Billerica grab a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Indians began the game by executing a perfect onside kick by Ian Gibbons, who recovered the bouncing ball at the Knights’ 45 yard line.
Led by quarterback Nolan Houlihan (12 of 28, 239 yards, 2 TDs) they used a balanced attack led by senior running back Rob Moore (11 rushes , 56 yards) and went 12 plays for the score.
The key was a fourth-and-14 completion for 20 yards from Houlihan to running back Colby Cyrus to keep the drive alive. The touchdown was a 15-yard pass to Shawn Colby. The Gibbons conversion made the score 7-0.
After forcing CM to turn back the ball on their 38, the Indians went that distance for their second score. As the second quarter began Moore ran the final two yards around right end for the score. Gibbons’ conversion made the score 14-0.
From this point on, Catholic Memorial would amass over 400 yards and six touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Barrett Pratt completed 22 passes in 40 attempts for 269 yards and two scores.
The Knights LeClair scored the first of four on a 5-yard sprint up the middle.
After the ensuing kickoff Billerica scored in three plays. Houlihan threw a 15-yard strike across the middle to Cyrus and he then ran the remaining 69 yards for the TD and a 20-7 lead.
The Knights would score the next two touchdowns and grab a 21-20 halftime lead they would never relinquish. LeClair finished a 56-yard drive on a 4-yard run up the middle. Later, quarterback Pratt threw 14 yards to his tight end Lucas Folan.
An extended halftime ceremony honored former coach Peter Flynn and the 1993 Billerica Indians, the school’s only Super Bowl championship team.
CM would add a third-quarter score when Pratt found wideout Daniel Lopes for 8 yards to complete a 54-yard, 10 play drive. After a Billerica punt, it took only one play when LeClair broke a 42-yard open field run for the score.
The Indians got the ball at their 22 after the kickoff. Houlihan found running back Stephen Brennan cutting across the middle and he would run 74 yards but was caught short of the end zone. On first and goal from the two, Houlihan ran it in for the score.
Billerica would get a chance with 4:50 left when Nick Gualtieri blocked a punt that was recover by Dom Shanley at the Knights’ 32 yard line. But the CM defense stiffened and when it got the ball back LeClair went in for the final score.
Billerica had 305 total yards of offense while the Knights amassed 460 yards.
Billerica hosts North Andover next Friday night at 7 p.m.