WESTWOOD – A short-term memory works best in football.
Like forgetting all about the 38-7 drubbing Xaverian took last week at the hands of Everett.
Behind a sensational performance from junior Cooper DeVeau, who caught two touchdown passes and returned a fumble for a score, the No. 11 Hawks put that loss behind them with a 32-7 nonleague win against No. 5 Bridgewater-Raynham at the Hawk Bowl last night.
“We really needed to bounce back this week,” said quarterback Davin Sweeney. “Bouncing back the way we did, that’s the Xaverian I know.”
DeVeau gave Xaverian (1-1) the spark it needed by recovering a fumble and returning it seven yards for a 6-0 lead in the game’s opening minutes.
DeVeau’s greatest impact came on offense, though. After a safety extended Xaverian’s lead, Sweeney (13 of 19, 210 yards, three touchdowns) hit DeVeau for a 36-yard touchdown pass to take a 15-0 lead with 6:03 to go in the second quarter.
Xaverian’s victory wasn’t completely clean, as B-R (1-1) forced four first-half turnovers to stay in the game.
The Trojans capitalized on a Hawks’ fumble late in the second half and quarterback Corey Sullivan capped the ensuing drive with a 10-yard touchdown run to cut into the deficit, 15-7, going into halftime.
The Hawks ended B-R’s momentum and put the game out of reach in the third quarter, though.
DeVeau, who finished with seven catches for 131 yards, was at the center of it once again.
Sweeney faked a pass to DeVeau in the flat and connected with Patrick Barnes down field on a 42-yard touchdown toss to go up, 22-7.
On Xaverian’s next offensive play, Sweeney went back to DeVeau for a 47-yard touchdown pass to go ahead, 29-7, with 2:12 left in the third quarter.
“(DeVeau) is a competitor,” said first-year coach Al Fornaro. “You wouldn’t know it because he’s such a nice boy, but he has the glint in the eye. He likes to mix it up and he’s a great receiver.”
Xaverian’s defense dominated, allowing B-R only 58 yards of total offense.