Behind the arm of quarterback Timothy Walsh and the hands of receiver Brenden Massey, the Attleboro Blue Bombardiers defeated cross-town rival Bishop Feehan Friday night, 35-3, in their season opener.
"We started out a little slow and there’s a lot of things we can improve on," Attleboro head coach Mike Strachan said. "But, overall it was a good first game for us."
Walsh led the way for Big Blue, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another. Three of Walsh's Touchdown passes were to Massey, including a 32-yard heave in the second quarter to get the Bombardiers on the board and take a 7-0 lead.
"We’ve been working all offseason," Walsh said of his connection with Massey. "It was made easier with the line up front – great play calling."
The tandem connected again later in the quarter on a 51-yard bomb. Kicker Mike Cannata, who was a perfect 5 for 5 on the night, hit the extra point to take a 14-0 lead into the half.
For Strachen, he hopes players will continue to step up the way Massey did as the season moves forward.
"We’ll go into a gameplan and try to do certain things and I think Massey did a great job of stepping up tonight," Strachan said. "He was put in a position where he could make plays and he did. I hope that’s the case every week for us where we have different kids that can do that for us."
Attleboro's third score of the game happened early in the third quarter when kick returner Stanley Beaubrun set up the Bombardier offense on the 13 yard line with an 80-yard return. Walsh then hit 6-3 receiver Luke Morrison from seven yards out on a fade route.
Later in the third quarter, Walsh walked into the endzone himself from the five yard line. He topped off his stellar night by finding Massey again in the fourth from 30-yards out for a fifth Big Blue touchdown.
The 0-1 Shamrocks will host North Attleboro next Friday night.
The Blue Bombardiers will play the inaugural game at the revamped Tozier-Cassidy field next Friday against Dartmouth.
"Our offense is clicking. Our defense is clicking. We’re on all cylinders right now," said Walsh.