We walked away from Catholic Memorial's 49-25 win over St. John's of Shrewsbury Saturday night at Assumption College in Worcester extremely impressed with the Knights. Here are a few quick takeaways from that game:
— This Catholic Memorial offense can beat you in so many ways. This is primarily a spread, no-huddle attack, but as he did so well at Everett, coach John DiBiaso also knows when to go to the power game. The Knights mixed in double-wing and power-I sets with great effectiveness. This is as diverse an offense as it gets.
— We know Everett sets the standard for speed in this state right now, but the Knights can really run, too. Khari Johnson is the fastest player on the team, as his 90-yard kick return for a touchdown showed, but there are so many others. CM picked up a big transfer when sophomore Darius LeClair came over from Brockton, and he showed nice wheels on his 74-yard touchdown run, too.
— CM allowed a lot of yards and points, but that will happen against a team like St. John's, which runs maybe the fastest no-huddle offense in the state and threw the ball 54 times Saturday night. When it came down to it, the CM defense made plays when it had to, forcing turnovers and stops on the shadow of its goal line. Only one team held the Pioneers to fewer points last season (Marlboro, 24).
— It was a tough loss for St. John's, but the Pioneers never relented on offense and fought back even when they fell behind, 42-13, late in the third quarter. Quarterback Colin Schofield can hurt you with his arm or legs, and the wide receiving corps rallied from some early drops to make some big plays. This is still a team that will be very much in the mix for the Div. 3 Central title.