A big first quarter propelled the Bishop Hendricken football team to a 28-14 win over the visiting La Salle Rams last Friday at the Hawks’ homecoming celebration, where they were also celebrating the schools’ 60th anniversary.
Hendricken quarterback Tom Comella scored on a keeper to give the Hawks the 7-0 lead with 4:27 remaining in the first quarter.
The Hawks’ defense would shut down the Rams’ offense the following drive, and would block a La Salle punt which set them up at the Rams’ 19 yard line. Hendricken capitalized and got another rushing score, this time by Helio Sousa from three yards out, to make it 14-0.
Then two minutes later, the Hawks would block their second consecutive punt, but this time would return it the distance when Brandyn Durand recovered and ran for the score to up the Hawks’ lead to 21-0 as the final seconds ran down in the first quarter.
The Hawks defense continued to roll into the second half, and would recover a La Salle fumble and return it all the way to the Rams; 10 yard line. Hendricken took advantage again, and would score when Comella connected with wide receiver Angel Sanchez in the back corner of the end zone for another touchdown, taking a commanding 28-0 lead with just over nine minutes remaining in the first half.
The Rams would turn things around from there though, and after taking an early 28-0 lead, the Hawks defense would be tested by the Rams offense in the final minutes of the second quarter.
La Salle quarterback Nate Lussier helped guide the Rams to a long drive down field which resulted in a touchdown on a keeper to cut into the Hendricken lead with 6:11 remaining in the first half.
The Rams would get the ball back once again, and Lussier would connect with Michael Jordan to make the score 28-14 with 3:28 left in the second quarter.
La Salle held on to the momentum, getting an interception from Jordan at midfield with 1:43 left, but Hendricken would pick off Lussier in the Hawks’ end zone with 2 seconds on the clock.
Despite a solid second half for La Salle, which included another interception as well as recovering a Hendricken fumble on the opening kickoff, the Hawks defense shined and shut down the La Salle offense as well to hold on to the win.
The Hawks improved to 3-0 in league play and 4-0 on the season overall while La Salle drops to 2-1. Hendricken will hit the road when they travel to Pawtucket to face St. Rays on Saturday afternoon. The Saints have jumped out to a solid start this season, entering Saturday’s contest at 2-1 with wins over Cranston East and Shea.