East Bridgewater thwarts Hull
EAST BRIDGEWATER - East Bridgewater put 20 first-quarter points on the board in defeating Hull in its South Shore League - and home - opener, 28-7, last night.
The Vikings (4-0) won the coin toss, but opted to kick off. The decision paid off for East Bridgewater as the return was fumbled by the Pirates (2-2) and recovered by sophomore Nick Gagnon on the Hull 25.
Four plays later, quarterback Tim O’Brien faked a handoff and took the ball up the right hash for a 4-yard score.
The East Bridgewater defense shut down the Pirates on their first possession as Patrick O’Neill (two sacks, forced fumble and recovery) brought down Mack Murphy for the sack to force a three-and-out.
“Going into the game, with the game plan we had, we thought he and Brett Palaschak, the other end, could have a big game and they produced,’’ said Viking coach Shawn Tarpey.
The Vikings wasted little time getting into the end zone for a second time.
Two plays into the drive, O’Brien took a draw 51 yards up the right sideline for the touchdown. O’Brien found Trevor Witcher in the flat on the 2-point conversion, pushing the score to 14-0.
The Vikings capitalized on another Pirate turnover when Andrew Benson picked off a pass and set his offense up at the Hull 45.
This time, Casey DeAndrade hit Hull with a quick strike.
DeAndrade took an inside handoff, broke two tackles and bounced toward the left pylon to give the Vikings a 20-0 lead.
The Vikings continued to dominate the front lines on both sides in the second half, even after a banged-up DeAndrade was pulled for precautionary reasons and replaced by Benson.
Benson keyed an East Bridgewater drive that started on the Vikings’ 32, capping it with an 11-yard touchdown run.
“Casey was hurting pretty good, so we decided to sit him just to be cautious,’’ said Tarpey. “Andrew did a nice job, as always, for us. [He’s a] versatile athlete.”
Hull was able to break the shutout late in the fourth quarter when running back Chris Shaffer ran into the end zone from 2 yards out.
“We did what we needed to do,’’ said Tarpey, as he addressed his team. “We’re still undefeated.
“They’re a good team, but as always, we have things to work on.’’