SMITHFIELD — Chariho High quarterback Zoot Boschwitz might just have the most unusual first name in Rhode Island football.
And it would be natural to assume it's a nickname. It's not. Boschwitz's first name is Zachary and his middle name is actually Zoot. It's the moniker he prefers.
"It's after one of the Muppets that plays the saxophone in the band," Boschwitz said.
According to the Muppets Fandom website, Zoot is a balding, blue-haired saxophone player for Electric Mayhem, the house band for "The Muppet Show." Go figure.
Boschwitz is none of those things, but he is putting together a pretty solid season in his first year as a starter. The sophomore passed for a pair of touchdowns in Saturday's 24-0 shutout against winless Smithfield.
Boschwitz completed 7-of-16 passes for 122 yards.
"I'm just trying to make as few mistakes as possible, and I want to get the ball to our playmakers and let them do the work," the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Boschwitz said. "I think we played really good, a little sloppy with the penalties, but we got the win and that's all that really matters."
Chariho coach Nick Russo said his young QB makes good decisions.
"He's a smart football player — wise beyond his years," Russo said. "He definitely understands the game well. We can throw a lot at him in the course of the week and he handles it in stride.
"He does a good job of commanding the offense and really orchestrating everything."
Boschwitz passed to Nolan Murphy on a 29-yard play with 2:54 left in the first quarter to get the Chargers on the scoreboard. Murphy caught the ball at about the 10-yard line and went in for the score.
His second TD pass came on the first play of the fourth quarter, an 11-yard toss to Chris Bliven, who caught the ball at the 5 before scoring to make it 24-0.
Both touchdowns came on the same play.
"We had two guys going downfield and clearing up the crosser coming underneath and it was wide open," Boschwitz said. "On the second one, the linebacker took the crosser, so the fullback was open."
Tom O'Horo scored Chariho's other TD on a 6-yard run, bulling his way through a few defenders near the goal line. O'Horo rushed for 71 yards on 13 carries. His score gave Chariho a 14-0 lead with 12 seconds left in the first quarter.
The touchdown was set up by a John Haxton interception. Haxton, who also caught four passes for 42 yards on offense, dove in front of a Smithfield receiver to come up with the turnover.
"My guy went in, my little bother's (Aidan's) guy went out, so we called switch and I switched," Haxton said. "As soon as I saw that my little brother had it, I picked it up and went for [the ball].
"I thought the team played very well. We played the full 48 [minutes] for the first time this season. And it shows. We put up a shutout."
Chariho (3-2, 3-1 Division III) also got a boost with the return of kicker Andrew Havens, who missed the first four games of the season with an injury.
Havens kicked three extra points and a 31-yard field goal that would have been good from 41. One of his kickoffs rolled dead at the 1 after it sailed over the returner's head.
He also had another kickoff that sailed inside the 10, and another that rolled out of the end zone for a touchback.
"It's such an underrated part of the game," Russo said, referring to kicking. "It has the ability to flip the field, whether it's a kickoff or a punt. And it certainly gives us flexibility with the possibility of a field goal in the red zone."
Defensively, Chariho limited Smithfield to 132 total yards. Smithfield sophomore quarterback Corey Conlin rushed for 98 yards on 18 carries. He either ran or passed on 35 of Smithfield's 40 plays.
Smithfield (0-5, 0-4) has been outscored 230-0 in five games.
Murphy also had a fumble recovery for the Chargers. Defensive lineman Gary Gardiner knocked down a pass and had several tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Chariho next faces the Juanita Sanchez/PCD/Wheeler School co-op at Providence Country Day on Saturday at noon in a nonleague game.