Basha 50 Sandra Day O Connor 21
It looked like it was going to get ugly really quickly out at O Connor tonight. O Connor took the opening possession down to the Basha 2 yard line using both the arm and legs of QB Ian Michaels. Michaels looked sharp; getting nearly 5 yards per carry and using screen passes to WR Andrew Johnson and WR Justin Trebitowski and move them into scoring position in a hurry. But the Basha D would tighten up and make a goal-line stand on 4th and 2 and take possession.
They pounded the ball out with RB Jeff Whitlock, who gained 29 yards on four consecutive carries. The next carry saw speedy RB Zack Zolin go 70 yards for the score and make the score 7-0 Basha after the PAT.
The Basha D would force a 3 and out and 3 plays later see Zolin scamper another 40 yards to pay dirt to make the score 14-0. The next few series is when it could have gotten out of hand. O Connor would fumble and Basha would march down using RBs Zack Zolin and Danny Keenan and get into scoring position. It was time for the O Connor to tighten up; they forced a FG attempt that missed wide and then they went on a 14 play scoring drive that ate up most of the quarter.
O Connor RB Shane Anderson
and Michaels steadily took the team
down the field. They were content gaining 5-6 yards a pop and ended up scoring
on 20 yard TD run by
The 2nd half was filled with scoring as each team would score on the 1st two possessions. Basha came out quick; on their 2nd play of the half, QB Shane McBurney hit Zolin on a bootleg in the flats for a 62 yard TD. Zolin's 3rd TD gave Basha a 20-7 lead after the PAT was blocked.
O Connor answered right back on a 3 play scoring drive. Michaels found a wide open Tyron Higgins for a 37 yard gain and then hit Shane Anderson for a 38 yard TD on the next play. This made the score 20-14 after the PAT. But again Basha would answer; they went on a 6 play drive that was all McBurney and Keenan. Keenan had a 33 yard run and a 5 yard TD run to make it 26-14.
O Connor would not go away. On the 1st play of the next series Michaels hit Higgins for a 70 yard TD and keep them in the game at 26-21. But this would be the last scoring O Connor would do as Basha pounded the ball with Keenan and Zolin the rest of the game to keep O Connor's no huddle-4 wide offense off the field. Danny Keenan would add another score and 2 point conversion in the 3rd to make it 34-21 at the end of 3.
Keenan added yet another TD in the 4th when he went 48 yards up the sideline to make it 40-21 and the 2 point made it 42-21. He also added a late score and another 2 point with under a minute to go to end the game at 50-21.
Bottom Line: O Connor had chances. If they would have scored 1st it would have been a different ball game. Basha's run game was too much for O Connor. They really never stopped Zolin or Keenan. Shane McBurney is a good QB that makes smart decisions. He should be a D1 prospect next year. A lot of people think that Basha and O Connor are "glorified JV teams". I found this to be quite the contrary; Zolin and Keenan could play and succeed at just about any high school. The same goes for McBurney and O Connor OL Mike Gallett, QB Ian Michaels and RB Shane Anderson (I know I am missing others). These two schools need to be watched the next couple of years because they could compete early in the varsity careers.
Game Balls: Basha RB Zack Zolin who had 4 TDs and well over 100 yards. Same goes for RB Danny Keenan who had 3 TDs, over 100 yards and a couple of 2-point conversions. O Connor RB Shane Anderson played well as did WR Tyron Higgins.