Forty-five minutes before kickoff of Friday’s season opener at Woodbridge, Battlefield place kicker Connor Feehan stood alone near midfield. The senior readied himself and drilled a 52-yard field goal through the uprights and into the waiting arms of younger brother and teammate Brendan, a sophomore place kicker.
It’s a routine the two siblings plan to live by each week this season, and after game one — a decisive 31-6 drubbing of the Vikings — no one’s complaining.
Feehan drilled three first-half field goals — boots of 23, 30, and 26 — and powered five kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
“It’s my job,” said Feehan, who said his range extends out to 55 yards. “I’ve trained every single day for it, and I’m mentally prepared for it.”
Feehan’s hat trick only put the Bobcats up 9-0 at halftime, but his offense exploded for 22 points in the third quarter.
Senior h-back Cameron Skaff rushed for two touchdowns, both scores coming on inside handoffs.
Junior quarterback Matt Gallagher shined in his first start for the Bobcats, completing 11 of 18 passes for 124 yards. He also called his own number on a keeper from three yards out to put Battlefield up 31-0 with 2:36 left to play in the third quarter.
“A-plus,” said Skaff, when asked to grade Gallagher’s outing. “For being a junior in his first varsity game as a starter, he made hardly any mistakes that a quarterback can make. . . . He found his targets.”
Despite dominating in virtually every offensive category, the Bobcats (1-0) crippled their momentum with penalties, racking up 165 yards on 16 infractions. Not to be outdone, Woodbridge (0-1) committed 15 penalties for 120 yards.
“We just need to listen to our coaches,” Skaff said. “Most of them weren’t real penalties; it was more infractions like personal fouls.”
Junior tailback Brendan Boney paced Battlefield’s pro-style attack, picking up 65 yards on 19 carries.
According to Skaff, Battlefield’s play on the offensive line opened up holes for whoever toted the rock.
“Our line, we just manhandled them,” he said. “They opened up some pretty big gaps.”
Vikings junior quarterback Mike Majette struggled, going six for 25 passing with two interceptions. His stat line was skewed by a pair of drops on well-thrown balls that would’ve gone for long scores.
Woodbridge’s lone touchdown came on a fourth-quarter, 86-yard heave by Majette to sophomore wideout Kalel Grant. Battlefield blocked the extra point.