Of all the teams left out of the playoffs as a result of tiebreakers, Dennis-Yarmouth was the feel-good story of the bunch.
The Dolphins, despite walloping Nauset, 41-9, yesterday, had their impressive season come to an end as Marshfield won the Atlantic Coast League.
In the case of a three-way tie, the ACL would have awarded D-Y the postseason berth because the Dolphins hadn't been to the playoffs in the longest time. However, Plymouth North lost to Plymouth South, breaking the three-way tie, and Marshfield held the head-to-head advantage over D-Y with a 21-13 win last week.
D-Y, led by coach Paul Funk, went 10-1 (8-1 ACL) and earned a share of the league title, the school's second, and first since 1960.
Funk, who has coached D-Y since the varsity program was reinstated six years ago, helped D-Y win a league-high six road games.
"I will never take anything away from the kids," said Funk. "It was a really good year. We had a great senior class.
"We're going to be young next season but I think having success this year is going to make a difference next year."
Senior back Joe Jamiel (12 carries, 115 yards) rushed for three TDs for the sixth time this year, giving him a Division 1A-leading 23 TDs and 142 points. Senior Nick Montalto threw his 11th TD pass of the year.
"Joe was terrific all year," said Funk. "He's a good leader and his hard work really paid off on the field."
Andover 10, Central Catholic 7 - Mike Pierce kicked a field goal and threw a TD pass to lead Andover.
Dracut 18, Methuen 13 - Matt Grimard (8 for 14 passing, 100 yards; 23 carries, 111 yards) tossed two TD passes to Tony Catenacci and rushed for another.
Haverhill 28, Lowell 7 - Peter Byron threw two TD passes to Justin Cook and Noel Figueroa ran for two TDs.
Bedford 25, Concord-Carlisle 22 - Bedford's Kevin Cangiano went 11 of 14 for 230 yards and two TDs.
Lincoln-Sudbury 20, Newton South 12 - Jason Roth threw for two second-half TDs and L-S overcame a 12-7 halftime deficit.
Quincy 28, North Quincy 7 - Diego Arrendondo (135 rushing yards) ran for two touchdowns and returned an interception for a TD, all in the fourth quarter, and Quincy held North Quincy to less than 100 yards of total offense.
Newton North 13, Brookline 6 - Newton North recovered three fumbles, one of which Steven Long returned 30 yards for a TD.
Tewksbury 28, Wilmington 17 - Mike Willey recovered two fumbles and caused a fumble leading to a TD.
Tyngsboro 45, Alvirne (N.H.) 21 - Senior quarterback Colin Halloran (12 for 19 passing, 191 yards) threw four touchdown passes, all to senior Mike DePasquale (12 receptions, 191 yards).
Abington 31, Whitman-Hanson 16 - Steve Perakslis threw two touchdowns for playoff-bound Abington.