Editor's note: Globe correspondent Mike Grossi takes a look back at the past weekend of football in Division 2 and 2A. Check back tomorrow for a preview of this weekend’s Division 2 and 2A action.
Dime Package -In this segment, I delve deeper into the games that I covered over the weekend.
Duxbury 16-Plymouth North 12
-This was the best game that I saw this weekend. The ending featured a touchdown pass as time expired, and a well-timed blitz that caused Plymouth North to fail in its conversion attempt. The attempt was intercepted and then returned for two points. Here is a link to interviews with Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron and Plymouth North coach Dwayne Follette.
-Both teams were very sloppy during the first half, but both also showed that they are dangerous. The physicality of both defenses really impressed me. Duxbury didn’t allow any running room for Plymouth North’s bulldozer, Matt Walsh. The Eagles also didn’t allow much running room for Duxbury.
- Duxbury seems to be the more complete team of the two. They have a good passing attack that features Kane Haffey at quarterback and Matt Hallisey as the primary target. The Green Dragons didn’t have a problem finding open receivers.
- Plymouth North needs some more refinement in the passing game. It is obvious that the Eagles are built to run. Cody Merritt overthrew some easy targets and that led to a couple of turnovers. For the Eagles to be successful this season, they will have to get a lead, because they just aren’t equipped to make big comebacks on a regular basis.
- It is my feeling that Duxbury will represent the Patriot (Keenan) in the playoffs. Plymouth North has a tougher road ahead but still has a shot. The Eagles have to play Falmouth and Dennis-Yarmouth, both of which have looked strong this season, as well as an always tough Marshfield squad.
Wilmington 20-Austin Prep 14
- Wilmington had a very impressive day against the defending Division 3A Super Bowl champs. The Wildcats imposed their will in every area of the game. The final score doesn’t indicate how good Wilmington played. To me, the Wildcats are the front runners in the Cape Ann (Large). Here is a link to interviews with Wilmington coach Mike Barry and Quarterback/Defensive back Sean Hanley.
- The Wildcats defense was the biggest story of the game. They did give up yards in the passing game, but most of that was in the fourth quarter. Their play was akin to the Patriots-Bengals game. The most impressive part of the defense was the interior line and linebackers. The interior line got great push while the linebackers gobbled up outside runs. Austin Prep ran 45 times with only 3.7 yards per carry.
- Sean Hanley was an absolute beast in this game. He confidently guided the offense. He tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another. He also made his presence felt on defense. He picked off three passes while teammate Chris Frissore had four passes defended.
- Austin Prep really missed running back Billy Maradei. Maradei adds another element to the Cougars’ double wing. Without him, it looked as if the Cougars were running in mud. Austin Prep’s defense played pretty well except for a few mental breakdowns. Both touchdown passes resulted from the Cougars’ indifference to the receiver in the flat. Both times, John Parsons had no one within five yards of him, making his touchdown catches simple. Also, they got caught off guard by Hanley’s quarterback keeper.
- Despite the poor play from the Cougars, I wouldn’t count them out in the playoff race. They are very well coached and will fix the defensive breakdowns.
Walpole 20-Wellesley 0
- This rare Thursday night game was dampened by rain as well as a major injury to Wellesley quarterback Adam Farina. Farina has a rocket arm as well as some impressive wheels and is a real leader on the field. He got injured early in the second quarter with the Walpole leading 7-0. It is impossible to know how the game would have turned if Farina played the whole game, but I would venture to guess that it would have been closer.
- Farina is the leader of the team and a playmaker and his injury undoubtedly hurts the Raiders’ postseason chances, all hope isn’t lost. The Raiders still have an impressive collection of talent. Michael Janey will be looked to more often to carry the load out of the backfield.
- Walpole has all the tools to make a playoff push but they still need refinement. The Rebels are young and it shows. The offense isn’t always consistent in moving the ball and their defense has some lapses, but with more seasoning, that could change. The Rebels need more consistent run blocking from the offensive line to be a serious contender.
- Dave Conroy is the biggest weapon for the Walpole offense. The tight end has soft hands and breakaway speed. He showed that on both of his touchdown receptions against Wellesley.
- Quarterback Troy Salvatore is the proverbial straw that stirs the drink. He can make all the throws and is a very shifty runner. Coach Barry Greener extolled the importance of Salvatore, calling him “the reason we are 2-0.”
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Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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