BRAINTREE — His fingerprints, as well as his arms, legs, and shoulder pads, etc., were all over Braintree’s 47-20 nonleague win over 12th-ranked Barnstable on Saturday morning.
Billy Silvia rushed for touchdowns of 73, 69, and 58 yards on his way to a 10-carry, 248-yard performance. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior had a 37-yard pick-six. He forced a fumble, registered a sack and defended two passes. And he returned punts, handled kickoffs, and booted four of his five point-after attempts as the Wamps rolled to a 2-0 start.
With seven touchdowns in two weeks, Silvia is a handful for defenses.
“I don’t know how you [game play for him],” Braintree coach Brian Chamberlain said.
“We haven’t even shown all of the things we can do with him yet. We’ve kind of been holding back on a few things.”
After the Wamps forced the Red Raiders into a three-and-out on their first series — with Silvia defending a pass from his linebacker position — he seamlessly switched over to offense and scored on the Wamps’ first play from scrimmage.
“We knew what we could do,” Silvia said. “ We came out and we did it.”
Calvin Lane had three catches for 64 yards for Braintree, including a pair of touchdowns. His 23-yard reception with 8:08 to go in the second quarter put the Wamps ahead for good, 14-7. His 30-yard touchdown grab with 28 seconds left in the first half extended Braintree’s lead to 27-7.
Barnstable had the Wamps in third-and-long situations on each of their first two possessions of the fourth quarter. Each time, Silvia broke off another touchdown run, one coming dangerously close to being out of bounds before he found a lane to his liking.
“That run on the sideline, we didn’t coach that,” Chamberlain said. “He’s a very special player.”
Barnstable first-year coach Ross Jatkola said Silvia was tremendous.
“He’s one of the best football players we’ve ever seen,” he said. “He did it all.”
Matthew Petercuskie threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns for Barnstable (1-1).
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