Milton Alums Battle at Fenway Park
by Jonny Blaize on Friday, November 20th, 2015
On Saturday November 21st, a rolling Notre Dame team, ranked fourth in the nation this week, will take on an unranked, struggling Boston College squad. Notre Dame comes into the game sitting pretty with an impressive 9-1 record, having won a couple of great games over two ranked teams: Georgia Tech and Temple. Notre Dame suffered their only loss in a nail biter against a strong, Clemson team, losing by only 2 points. The Fighting Irish have not only been winning games, but they having been winning comfortably, including a win over UMass by 35 points.
Boston College comes into this game with a meager 3-7 record, including going 0-2 against the ranked teams that they have played thus far. Though they have yet to beat a ranked team this year, in these games they were not defeated by large margins. Furthermore, Boston College is coming into this game rested up, as they were fortunate enough to have a bye-week before playing in the biggest game of their season this week. The game will feature a showdown between two former Milton Academy students, Notre Dame’s Justin Yoon ‘15, and Boston College’s John Fadule—both of whom have experienced some on-field success this season.
Justin Yoon has had a spectacular rookie season. He is 42/44 in extra points this year, putting him at 95.5% in that area. Additionally he is 10/12 in field goals, which puts him at 83.3% for the season so far in that category. Among these field goals, 8 have been from 30 yards or over, including one, stellar kick that was nailed in from 52 yards. His numbers are impressive, not only for a rookie, but for any kicker in the nation. We can expect him to continue his good play this week, as it seems each week he improves physically and mentally.
After much trouble struggling to find the right fit at the quarterback position, Boston College gave freshman walk-on John Fadule a shot. On Halloween, a few minutes into the game, the Eagles threw the rookie quarterback into the game. In his season-debut, Fadule completed 8 out of his 20 passes, throwing for 143 yards—he also threw one interception towards the end of the game, but, to his defense, things were already pretty much wrapped up and the interception had no bearing on the outcome of the game. Additionally, in that game, he averaged 7.5 yards per passing attempt: this was more yards per attempt than any of this year’s Eagles’ quarterbacks have averaged. Though the Eagles lost, Fadule’s solid performance was enough for the Eagles’ Head Coach, Steve Addazio, to grant him a starting job for the following week’s game against North Carolina State. This time Fadule threw for 257 yards, completing 23 out of his 37 passes. He also recorded his first touchdown, but threw three interceptions. Again the Eagles lost, but we should expect Fadule to man the starting job again this week against Notre Dame.
The game will be aired November 21 at 7:30 EST on NBC Sports and if there isn’t already enough reason to watch this game starring two former Milton students, this match will be the first football game played at Fenway Park in 47 years; for this reason the match-up is not only a great game for Milton Academy, but a great game for the city of Boston to take part in as well. The atmosphere should be rocking and Yoon and Fadule will be among the players to watch—there should be a lot of excitement in the Milton community around this game.
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