Tewksbury knew if it wanted to beat Plymouth South, the team would have to stop sensational running back Dylan Oxsen. And if not stop him, limit his chances.
Tewksbury was able to do just that by keeping him off the field, and by scoring plenty of points on the chances they had, taking down Plymouth South and winning the Div. 3 Super Bowl, 42-14.
Running back James Sullivan rushed for 125 yards and scored four touchdowns – including one on a pick-six – for Tewksbury. Quarterback John Aylward added 125 yards and a touchdown through the air on 10 of 11 attempts.
Oxsen generated all of the offense that South could put on the board, running for 149 yards and two touchdowns. The rest of the team totaled just 51 yards.
Tewksbury took the opening kickoff and drove down into Plymouth South territory with under six minutes to play in the first quarter. The South defense forced Tewksbury to a 4th-and-8 from the 19-yard line, but Aylward floated a pass into the hands of Alex Hanson to get a first and goal from the one yard line.
Edward Matovu ran in a one-yard score two plays later to give Tewksbury the 7-0 lead on a drive that took 7:17. South used 52 yards rushing yards on seven straight runs by Oxsen to move into Tewksbury territory, using a 15-yard facemask penalty on Tewksbury to get the ball up to the Tewksbury 10-yard line at the end of the first quarter.
Oxsen ran in a seven-yard touchdown on fourth down to make it a 7-6 game 1:22 into the second quarter. Tewksbury marched right back down the field and scored another touchdown on a five-yard run by Sullivan to take a 14-6 lead with 5:19 to play in the half.
South drove down to the Tewksbury 30 yard line with 1:07 left in the half and converted on 4th-and-7 on a 21-yard pass to Cameron Evers. Oxsen then ran in a five-yard touchdown for his second of the game and Anthony Schena ran in the two-point conversion to tie the game with 15 seconds to play in the half. Tewksbury couldn’t do anything with the final few seconds and the teams went into the half tied 14-14.
South received the kickoff to start the second half and marched down the field to the Tewksbury 28 and faced a 4th-and-1 that they failed to convert on, giving the ball back to Tewksbury on downs. Tewksbury drove all the way down to the South three yard line and Sullivan punched the ball into the end zone to put Tewksbury back on top by seven, now up 21-14.
South drove back into Tewksbury territory as the third quarter came to a close. They faced a 4th-and-2 from the 30-yard line, but could not convert the first down, with Oxsen also going down with an injury on the play, but was able to jog off under his own power.
Tewksbury took over at their own 31 and ran the ball down into South territory, making it all the way to the South 30-yard line and then converted a huge 4th-and-7 to get a first down at the 10 yard line with 3:59 to play. Sullivan ran in a 10-yard score two plays later for his third touchdown of the game and put Tewksbury up 28-14 with 3:11 remaining in the game.
South tired to get one last drive started at their own 18, but Blake Hery was able to strip South’s Ryan Donovan to get the ball back for Tewksbury, who ran the ball to shed time off the clock, then added another score with 53 seconds to play on a 23-yard pass from Aylward to Kevin Dick. Tewksbury scored once more on an interception run back by Sullivan with 36 seconds left.
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