Junkyard Dogs & Knights earn impressive wins in Week 2 of The League

On a perfect evening for football, The Boston Junkyard Dogs rolled over the MetroWest Maulers 48-7 and the Northwest Knights took down the Southwest Cobras 21-0.

The win for the JYD moved them to 2-0 in the four-team spring league – the only true spring ball league for high schoolers in New England – while the Knights moved to 1-1. The Maulers are also 1-1 now while the Cobras dropped to 0-2.

In the first game, defense ruled the day as the teams combined to run 28 plays in the first quarter, but could only muster four total punts. What stood out most was the relentless pass rush for the Knights.

Finally, early in the second, an impressive 43 yard catch in traffic and ensuing run by Emanuel Poe on a ball from Drew Fitzgerald made it 7-0 Knights. Noah Bailey was a beast defensively for the Cobras, recovering a fumble with the Knights driving deep inside the red zone.

Ultimately, the Northwest defense stood tall and Joe McClain came up with a pick, setting up a first-and-goal. One play later, Adam Chisari had a six-yard TD run to make it 14-0 at the half. After each team had multiple possessions in the first half, there was just one each for both teams in a scoreless third quarter. On the first play of the fourth, Ebby Annan had a lengthy pick-six to make it 21-0. With time of the essence and the second game needing to be kicked off, the game ended with about 10 minutes to go.

Game two was an offensive explosion. Or, more appropriately. the Bo MacCormack Show. The superstar BB&N running back scored four times en route to the dominating 41-point win. Before MacCormack got going, Santana Cardose broke off an impressive 60-yard run on the first play from scrimmage for the Maulers. Unfortunately, moments later, MetroWest missed a field goal. MacCormack made it hurt, capping a 13-play drive led by QB Henry Machink with a 25-yard TD run for a 7-0 lead.

The JYD took the 7-0 lead to the second and with Cardose continuing to run hard and show elusiveness, it looked as if MetroWest would get on the board early, but the JYD forced a turnover on downs with 5:53 to go in the half. 52 seconds later, MacCormack broke off a 55-yard TD run to push it to 14-0.

The  Maulers did get on the board with just 30 seconds to go in the second on a five-yard TD run by Mike Gurley. That score was set up by a sick catch on the sideline by Caiden Carriuolo on a great ball by QB Garrett Webb. After opening the third quarter with. punt, the JYD quickly got the ball back thanks to a strip sack and recovery by Max Van Tassell, who was nearly impossible to block from a pass rushing standpoint all game.

Three plays later, MacCormack was off again, this time rumbling 50 yards on a toss sweep to the right, making it 21-7. The score stayed that way until the fourth. Van Tassell came up with a huge sack on fourth down to force a turnover on downs. Just one snap later this time, MacCormack raced 75 yards to put Boston up 28-7. Aj Azuakolam added an impressive, nearly-full-field pick-six with some shifty moves on his return, making it 35-7 with a little over six minutes left.

After a tip drill INT for Carter Shaw, Jack Kelley hauled in a 50-yard touchdown from Machnik the next play for the 41-7 lead. One more Collin Hoffman 25-yard TD run capped the scoring in the final two minutes. Shaw ended the game with a jump ball interception as time expired.

All four teams are back at it next weekend for the final “regular season” games before the consolation game and championship game are played on May 21.