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Vocational bowls feature second chances – Boston Herald

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Rematches are on tap in Thursday’s MVADA Vocational Bowls.

In the Small School Vocational Bowl, Nashoba Tech hosts South Shore in a rematch of the season opener that Nashoba Tech won 28-6. In the Large School Vocational Bowl, Monty Tech would love to reverse its 43-36 regular season loss to Bay Path.

“Teams get better during the season. South Shore has definitely gotten better and I think we’ve gotten better,” Nashoba Tech coach Danny Kelly said. “They’ve changed some of the things they’ve done, so we have to come out and do what we’ve been doing.”

Much of that is getting the ball in the hands of Connor Buchmann. A first-year starter at running back, Buchmann ran for 1,300 yards on 120 carries.

“We have to be able to run the play, play strong fundamental football and let Connor do his thing,” Kelly said. “We are glad to be playing at home, we’ll have a good crowd and we’ll have the bagpipes going.”

South Shore coach Matt Doyle agrees with Kelly’s assessment that Nashoba Tech will see a different team than what they encountered earlier.

“We were still trying to find our identity,” Doyle said. “We had a lot of new bodies on both sides of the ball, but a lot of those guys have grown and gotten better. I think they are looking forward to this challenge.”

The backfield is led by quarterback Jared Madden and running backs Todd Egan and Max Main. Main is one of the top players from his linebacker position as is Madden in the secondary. Doyle said the defensive unit’s ability to make stops at key times could determine the outcome.

“We have to be able to get them off the field,” Doyle said. “In the first game, we struggled to get off the field on defense. Offensively, we moved the ball well but our drives stalled due to penalties and other things.”

In the Large School Vocational Bowl, it was a tale of two halves when Monty Tech and Bay Path squared off at the end of September. Bay Path jumped out to a 28-6 lead, but Monty Tech fought back and went ahead 36-35, before Bay Path scored the winning touchdown on a Casey Gallagher run.

“There were a lot of strange twists and turns in that game,” said Bay Path coach Cody Giampa. “We know we have to play better than we did in the first game.”

In the regular season meeting, Anthony Catino threw for two scores and ran for a third. Kaiden Brochu had a touchdown catch and run, while Gallagher scored twice, including the 2-yarder to win the contest. Linebacker Gabe Espinosa, cornerback Jonathan Nussey and the defensive line will be called upon to try and slow down Monty Tech’s star quarterback Logan Quinn, who ran for four touchdowns in the first meeting.

“We have to find a way to stop No. 28 (Quinn),” Giampa said. “He’s an unbelievable athlete and they use him in a lot of different ways. You can’t shut him down, but we need to be able to slow him down.”

Monty Tech head coach Anthony Secino learned some things he hopes will pay dividends the second time around.

“We have to be able to protect the ball, we turned it over 3-4 times in the first half,” Secino said. “The fact that we were able to come back from a 28-6 and even take a lead showed that we can compete. We are excited to get a second chance, because rarely do you get that.”

Quinn has been the ultimate dual threat, amassing nearly 2,000 yards of total offense to go along with 32 touchdowns. Fullback Ryan Quinn is just short of 1,000 rushing yards.

MVADA SMALL SCHOOL FINAL

Thursday, Dec. 1

South Shore (8-4) at Nashoba Tech (9-3), 6 p.m.

SOUTH SHORE VIKINGS (8-4)

Head coach: Matt Doyle

NASHOBA TECH 28, South Shore 6

SOUTH SHORE 48, Bourne 27

SOUTH SHORE 6, Upper Cape 0

BRISTOL-PLYMOUTH 36, South Shore 6

South Shore 14, CAPE COD TECH 12 (ot)

SOUTH SHORE 34, St. John Paul 0

OLD COLONY 34, South Shore 6

SOUTH SHORE 16, Southeastern 8

MEDWAY 31, South Shore 14

SOUTH SHORE 20, Upper Cape 18

SOUTH SHORE 18, Blue Hills 14

SOUTH SHORE 40, Holbrook/Avon 8

 

NASHOBA TECH VIKINGS (9-3)

Head coach: Danny Kelly

NASHOBA TECH 28, South Shore 6

Nashoba Tech 34, TRI-COUNTY 12

Nashoba Tech 12, WHITTIER 8

Nashoba Tech 30, GEORGETOWN 20

Nashoba Tech 22, LYNN TECH 8

Lowell Catholic 38, NASHOBA TECH 0

Nashoba Tech 50, MINUTEMAN 0

Nashoba Tech 18, OLD COLONY 16

CATHEDRAL/MATIGNON 43, Nashoba Tech 7

NASHOBA TECH 22, Tri-County 12

NASHOBA TECH 28, Pathfinder 6

MONTY TECH 44, Nashoba Tech 8

VOCATIONAL BOWL HISTORY

Nashoba Tech is competing in its fourth vocational bowl with an overall record of 1-3. The Vikings’ won their only title in 2018 when Jose Soba threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 141 yards and two more scores in a 34-13 victory over Upper Cape.

South Shore has won in each of its four prior vocational bowl appearances. The last time the Vikings played in the bowl was in 2019 when Sean McGuirk scored the game’s only touchdown and recovered a fumble to preserve an 8-0 win over Old Colony.

MVADA LARGE SCHOOL FINAL

Thursday, Dec. 1

Bay Path (7-5) vs. Monty Tech (9-3), 6 p.m. (Shepherd Hill)

BAY PATH MINUTEMEN (7-5)

Head coach: Cody Giampa

Bay Path 29, SOUTHBRIDGE 8

WESTON 47, Bay Path 20

Clinton 34, BAY PATH 33

Bay Path 43, MONTY TECH 36

BLACKSTONE VALLEY 33, Bay Path 0

Assabet Valley 32, BAY PATH 21

BAY PATH 40, Abby Kelley 8

BAY PATH 49, Blackstone/Millville 8

Bay Path 24, NIPMUC 8

BAY PATH 47, Greater New Bedford 21

BAY PATH 28, Northeast 6

Oxford 42, BAY PATH 6

MONTY TECH BULLDOGS (9-3)

Head coach: Anthony Secino

MONTY TECH 30, Murdock 22

Monty Tech 34, NARRAGANSETT 18

Monty Tech 32, GARDNER 13

Bay Path 43, MONTY TECH 36

MONTY TECH 24, Blue Hills 14

MONTY TECH 40, St. Paul 26

WORCESTER TECH 16, Monty Tech 6

MONTY TECH 44, Abby Kelley 0

GROTON-DUNSTABLE 49, Monty Tech 20

MONTY TECH 28, Greater Lawrence 20

MONTY TECH 30, Southeastern 0

MONTY TECH 44, Nashoba Tech 8

HOME TEAM IN CAPS

VOCATIONAL BOWL HISTORY

Monty Tech is playing in its second vocational bowl. The Bulldogs won in 2015, defeating Blackstone Valley 22-6 as Tyler Popp ran for 213 yards and a score, while Kobie Smith picked off a pair of passes.

Bay Path is 2-1 in its three prior vocational bowl championships appearance. The Minutemen won the inaugural Large School Vocational Bowl title in 2004, then won it again in 2008 as Matt Hall threw a pair of touchdown passes to Erik Peterson in a 26-6 win over Bristol-Plymouth.

STATE VOCATIONAL SUPER BOWL HISTORY

2004

LARGE: Bay Path 21, Shawsheen 8

SMALL: South Shore 16, Blackstone Valley 6

2005

LARGE: Whittier 48, Worcester Voke 22

SMALL: Dean Tech 36, Nashoba Tech 34

2006

LARGE: Shawsheen 35, Bay Path 8

SMALL: Assabet Valley 32, Pathfinder 12

2007

LARGE: Shawsheen 27, Southeastern 14

SMALL: South Shore 37, Franklin Tech 0

2008

LARGE: Bay Path 26, Bristol-Plymouth 6

SMALL: South Shore 38, North Shore 18

2009

LARGE: Lynn Tech 18, Southeastern 16

SMALL: Blackstone Valley 21, North Shore 20

2010

LARGE: Greater New Bedford 23, Southeastern 20

SMALL: North Shore 22, Tri-County 12

2011

LARGE: Greater New Bedford 17, Greater Lawrence 14

SMALL: Lynn Tech 29, Tri-County 7

2012

LARGE: Greater New Bedford 26, Greater Lawrence 6

SMALL: Blue Hills 26, Minuteman 8

2013

LARGE: Blackstone Valley 30, Northeast 26

SMALL: Blue Hills 23, North Shore 22

2014

LARGE: Whittier 44, Blackstone Valley 6

SMALL: Essex Tech 42, McCann 22

2015

LARGE: Monty Tech 22, Blackstone Valley 7

SMALL: Essex Tech 44, McCann 6

2016

LARGE: Northeast 30, Blackstone Valley 25

SMALL: Upper Cape 22, Blue Hills 14

2017

LARGE: Assabet Valley 28, Shawsheen 20

SMALL: Lynn Tech 50, Nashoba Tech 22

2018

LARGE: Greater Lawrence 20, Northeast 14

SMALL: Nashoba Tech 34, Upper Cape 13

2019

LARGE: Greater Lawrence 36, Assabet Valley 26

SMALL: South Shore 8, Old Colony 0

2020

Covid

2021

LARGE: Northeast 30, Greater New Bedford 7

SMALL: Blue Hills 52, Nashoba Tech 51

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