BC High coach Ed Mantie is hoping the third time’s a attraction once more.
After back-to-back sub.-500 seasons to start out his teaching profession at BC High, Mantie and the Eagles are flying excessive to this point. An spectacular 44-7 win at Reading following a strong 28-21 win over LaSalle (RI) has given the parents on Morrissey Boulevard motive for optimism.
“I wouldn’t say we are surprised, but the start certainly validates what we are trying to do here,” stated Mantie. “It’s tough to change things, you have to try and get the kids to buy into the new culture. It does seem like the third year is the sweet spot, the kids have a deeper understanding for our system and they are seeing success.”
Despite a gradual begin to the Mantie regime, he refused to let the mounting losses weigh too closely on him. He felt the Eagles have been making small strides and that started to present itself over the second half of the 2022 season once they went 4-2 after an 0-5 begin.
“I never got discouraged, I knew it was going to take time,” Mantie stated. “Once we started winning a few games, you could see the kids becoming more enthusiastic. They started to realize that we had their best interest in mind. They trusted us, started putting in the time and they started to see the results.”
Mantie’s workforce going again to his days as head coach at Westwood and Framingham have been recognized for spreading the ball round. Heading into this season, Mantie felt he had sufficient weapons returning to have the ability to put factors on the board.
Carter Carroll and Kise Flannery have shared quarterback duties. Jacob Bierenbroodspot might have pushed coaches loopy with the pronunciation of his final title, however they’ve zero points along with his sport.
“I can remember the first time the coaches met and we couldn’t pronounce his name so we just started calling him Dutch,” Mantie stated with amusing. “Now, we are calling him Shakespeare because he’s making all the plays.”
Jackson Richard has been strong within the backfield, whereas Marshall Rice has been the No. 1 large receiver. They’ve allowed Mantie to broaden issues on offense, making the Eagles harder to defend.
“The start has been good, with each success you’re getting even more of a buy-in from the players,” Mantie stated. “You are dealing with kids who are 15-16-17-years old so it’s going to take time. Now, they understand the concepts and are seeing the big picture.”
1. Xaverian (2-0) – Hawks had little hassle with Bridgewater-Raynham main into the Springfield Central sport.
2. Catholic Memorial (1-1) – Losing the sport is one factor. Losing key gamers is one thing that made the journey to Florida even worse.
3. St. John’s Prep (2-0) – Running sport was clicking on all cylinders towards Central Catholic.
4. King Philip (2-0) – Road journey to Marblehead proved to be no downside for the Warriors.
5. Billerica (2-0) – Indians overpowered Westford Academy to organize for the MVC showdown with Central Catholic.
6. Andover (2-0) – Welcome to QB University John Enman, the most recent in an extended line of high quality quarterbacks at Andover.
7. Barnstable (2-0) – Lots of offensive weapons and Ross Jaktola is very happy to make use of all of them.
8. Milford (2-0) – Good luck discovering one thing Nick Araujo can’t do on the soccer discipline.
9. Franklin (2-0) – The names change from yr to yr however head coach Eian Bain all the time manages to maintain the Panthers afloat.
10. Needham (2-0) – Biggest win for the Rockets in a few years.
11. Lincoln-Sudbury (1-1) – Tough first half put the Warriors behind the eight-ball.
12. Methuen (1-1) – Rangers have been put to the take a look at by Marshfield earlier than prevailing to even its file at 1-1.
13. Everett (1-1) – Crimson Tide have been clearly not messing round after shedding its opening sport.
14. Hanover (2-0) – Hawks have been very spectacular on either side of the ball towards Hingham.
15. Milton (2-0) – Wildcats have been clearly not within the temper to let Framingham grasp round in any respect.
16. Central Catholic (0-2) – Undermanned Raiders confirmed some critical grit in battling St. John’s Prep tooth-and-nail earlier than failing.
ON THE BENCH: BC High (2-0), North Andover (1-0), Plymouth South (2-0), Woburn (2-0), Duxbury (1-1), Tewksbury (2-0), Shawsheen (2-0), Foxboro (2-0)