Attleboro Strikes Early, Rolls to Big Win Over OA

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Attleboro’s Cam Furtado runs the ball as Oliver Ames’ Michael Mulrean (left) and Kyle Gagliardi attempt to tackle him. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – It’s cliché to say, but Attleboro head coach Mike Strachan probably couldn’t have scripted a better start for his Bombardiers on Friday night against Oliver Ames.

Less than a minute into the game, Attleboro had already found the end zone twice and by the end of the first quarter, the Bombardiers had a three score lead as the cruised to a 35-8 win over the Tigers at Muscato Stadium.

“I thought we were focused, I thought we were ready to play this week, we had a great week of practice,” Strachan said. “Our athletes took it upon themselves to do the things we practiced all week. I thought we had a pretty good game plan coming in and before the game we talked about the things we can control and I think we did that.

“I think we controlled the line of scrimmage, we gave Tyler [McGovern] some time to throw. And then the combo of Tyler and Cam [Furtado], I think that makes it hard for teams to defend us. I was very happy with the performance.”

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On the second play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Tyler McGovern (7/15, 203 yards, 2 touchdowns) hit an open Elvin Sam in stride for a 63 yard touchdown, Paul DeLuca‘s extra point (5/5 XP) putting the visitors up 7-0 just 41 seconds into the game.

The Bombardiers used a set play on the ensuing kickoff, chipping a high kick short of OA’s return men. Attleboro came flying down, forcing a fumble, Josh Therrien recovering it at the Tigers’ 36 yard line. On the first play, just the third play from scrimmage of the game, McGovern once again hooked up with Sam, the senior hitting the wide open junior in the end zone for a 36 yard touchdown.

Attleboro led 14-0 just 56 seconds into the game.

“I think we have six turnovers off that kickoff play, it’s been a good thing for us,” Strachan said. “We spend a lot of time on special teams, we practice it a lot.”

Oliver Ames’ first drive of the game totaled 11 plays as the Tigers moved in Attleboro territory. But Attleboro’s defense held up as OA couldn’t convert a fourth down at the Bombardier 28-yard line.

Attleboro took its next drive 72 yards, this time using eight plays to go the distance. McGovern connected with James Weir for a 30 yard gain and then Cam Furtado for a 21 yard completion. Two plays after Furtado’s reception, McGovern used a sneak for a 1 yard score and a 21-0 lead with 24 seconds left in the first quarter.

“I think you can see Elvin Sam is coming along and Cam is working hard out there and then Tyler is throwing the ball well,” Strachan said. “I think our young kids are starting to play, which is a good thing because we’re really young. Tonight was a really positive night for us.”

Oliver Ames’ had its best drive of the first half when they marched 60 yards on eight plays, highlighted by 43 yard completion on a reverse throw from Travis Campbell to Leandro Moro. On fourth down on Attleboro’s 29-yard line, OA quarterback Kyle Gagliardi‘s pass was just out of the reach of a diving Noah Fitzgerald in the end zone.

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McGovern and the Bombardiers cashed in once more before the halftime break. The senior quarterback connected with Steve Hamerski twice for a total of 38 yards and Nathan Barboza burst up the middle for a 20 yard gain. Five plays later, Furtado (13 carries, 91 yards) took a toss to the left and got around the edge for an 8 yard touchdown and a 28-0 lead at halftime.

“We made too many mental mistakes, too many physical mistakes early and we spotted them 14 points,” Oliver Ames head coach Mike Holland said. “We had to play catch up and they’re a good team. It’s hard enough to win when you’re even but if you spot them some points, it’s tough. Attleboro played well tonight, they’re a good team.”

Attleboro’s defense held strong in the second half, forcing a turnover on downs at midfield to start the second half and then Furtado coming away with an interception on OA’s second drive of the third quarter.

“If you look inside, I think it all stemmed from the defensive line,” Strachan said of his defense. “Chris Dam is a little fireplug in there, and then Andrew [Gingras] comes to play, and Nick Evans is really starting to play well for us. We have a lot of young kids on the defensive side and they are starting to understand it a bit more.”

The Bombardiers’ final touchdown came on their second drive of the third quarter with Furtado taking over at quarterback. Attleboro used nine plays to cover 72 yards, Furtado capping the drive with a 3 yard keeper.

Oliver Ames marched 76 yards on 10 plays in its lone drive of the fourth quarter. Liston Funai (14 carries, 65 yards) carried three straight times for gains of 12, 17 and 18 yards. Gagliardi hit Brandon Timulty on the sideline for a 13 yard gain on third down to keep the drive alive. Four plays later, Funai went up the middle for a 5 yard touchdown. The Tigers used a fake field goal, with the holder, Campbell, hitting Michael Mulrean on a shuffle pass for the two point conversion.

Attleboro football improves to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Kelley-Rex division. Oliver Ames falls to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in league play. While the Tigers will travel to Aleixo Stadium next week to take on Taunton, Attleboro will welcome the division leading Warriors of King Philip to Tozier-Cassidy Field.

“King Philip, they’re a physical team, they’re a great football team,” Strachan said. “Coach Lee does a phenomenal job with those guys and they’ve got it going on right now. We’ve got to play our best game next week, no doubt.”

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Furtado Carries Attleboro to Win Over Taunton

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Cam Furtado rushed for 209 yards and had more than 250 total yards, as Attleboro scored its first league win of the season. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Last year, then sophomore Cam Furtado made an instant impact when he took over the starting quarterback position. His ability to make plays with his feet gave Attleboro’s offense a different dynamic. With senior Tyler McGovern back as the starter this season, Furtado is being used in a variety of ways, but regardless of which position he lines up at the Bombardiers are trying to get the ball in his hands.

On Friday night, in the wind and rain at Tozier-Cassidy Field, Furtado carried the ball 17 times for 209 yards (148 in the first half alone), caught two passes for 17 yards, returned a punt for 40 yards, and scored a pair of touchdowns.

Behind Furtado’s all-around game, the Attleboro offense clicked into gear and the Bombardiers earned a 37-20 victory over Taunton to record their first league win of the season.

“I think they complement each other,” said Attleboro coach Mike Strachan of McGovern and Furtado. “We’re starting to get into a rhythm with two quarterbacks, but [Cam’s] a special athlete and he can do a lot.

“We need to build off this. It was nice coming back after the last two weeks against Dartmouth and Mansfield.”

Taunton running back T.J. Mendes (25 carries, 67 yards) was stopped on fourth and one by Andrew Gingras and sophomore Nick Evans. Attleboro took advantage of the big defensive stand. Furtado broke a 44-yard sweep down the near sideline, but stepped out at the two. One play later, he had his first touchdown and the Bombardiers had the lead.

The Tigers responded right away, marching 63 yards on nine plays to tie the game. The drive was helped by an Attleboro pass interference call, but was finished when sophomore Noah Leonard hit Adam McLaughlin for a 17-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter.

Lining up at quarterback, Furtado took the first play of Attleboro’s next drive for 12 yards. The following play went for 51 all the way down to the Taunton 10. On first and goal, Marc Dieu broke an inside hand-off to the left and scored to regain the lead.

Again the Tigers responded and again it was the combination of Leonard and McLaughlin that got Taunton on the scoreboard. Leonard threw a perfect strike over the defensive back to the sideline and McLaughlin pulled it in, stayed in bounds and raced for a 70-yard touchdown to cut the lead to one score heading into halftime.

“Adam’s really played even better than I thought,” said first-year Taunton coach Brad Sidwell about his senior receiver. “He’s a competitor.”

The game changed on the opening kickoff of the second half. The ball was dropped by the Tigers and Joshua Therrien came up with the recovery for the Bombardiers at the Taunton 28. Three plays later, McGovern walked in with an 11-yard keeper to build the lead to 28-14.

Sidwell said, “We did some dumb things on special teams, which we worked on, but we’ve obviously didn’t work on them hard enough and we’ve got to find a way to make it all better.”

The Attleboro defense continued to make big plays, stopping Taunton twice on fourth down. Steve Hamerski, Matthew Potter, James Weir, and Evans all making plays to bottle up the Tigers offense. Again special teams came back to haunt Taunton, as a holding call took away a decent punt and when the Tigers lined up to kick it again the snap flew out the back of the end zone for a safety.

Mendes scored a two-yard touchdown to cap off a drive that was highlighted by Leonard hitting Mike Fernandez for 26 yards down the seam. The two-point conversion was incomplete and the Tigers trailed 30-20 with 4:32 left.

Furtado essentially ended the game after the onside kick bounced out of play. He bounced to the outside on a toss right and seemed to cross the goal line but was marked down at the one. McGovern (5-11, 37 yards) finished it with a play action pass to Hamerski.

After two tough losses in a row, Strachan credited his team for dominating the line of scrimmage to get back on track. He said, “Tonight, I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage. We worked on those things this week in practice, the kids really worked hard, and we’ve got to build off this now.”

Both coaches threw a number of underclassmen on the field, many of whom are spending their first seasons on varsity. While both Strachan and Sidwell admitted their were mistakes that need to be ironed out, both also recognized that the programs are in good positions to build for the future.

“We’re not talking about next year or anything like that, but there’s a good core of young players and hopefully we can develop,” said Sidwell. “At some point it’s going to pop for us. They’re working hard and they’re good kids and we’ve just got to keep coaching them better.”

Strachan added, “You look at the number of sophomores we played tonight and it’s good but we’re still making too many mental mistakes that we need to clean up.”

Attleboro (2-2, 1-1) will travel to Muscato Stadium to face Oliver Ames next week. Taunton (1-3, 0-2) will host Mansfield at Aleixo Stadium.