Unbeaten Dragons shut down Hawks
WESTWOOD - Duxbury senior wide receiver Reilly Naton scored on a 72-yard reception to give the undefeated Dragons a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, then intercepted a pass from Xaverian quarterback Austin DeCarr to seal sealed the victory as No. 2 Duxbury beat No. 3 Xaverian, 31-14, at the Hawk Bowl yesterday.
“It’s all coaching, they set us up for the [interception],’’ Naton said. “Every time they come out in that trips formation, we come out in the same play and it’s basically impossible to run any plays on it. We have every zone covered.’’
After the interception, Duxbury junior Jon Hurvitz ran for a 4-yard score that put the game out of reach.
Duxbury (5-0) carried a 10-7 lead into the half, but DeCarr (12 of 24, 207 yards, two touchdowns) gave Xaverian the lead with a 13-yard pass to senior Mike Warren after the Hawks recovered a fumble on Duxbury’s opening drive of the third quarter.
Xaverian (4-1) had a chance to expand its 14-10 lead, but junior Hunter Taute fumbled and the Dragons recovered on Xaverian’s 19-yard line as the third quarter came to an end.
Senior Matt O’Keefe (16 of 26, 233 yards, two touchdowns) delivered a 10-yard strike to Naton in the center of the end zone on the first play in the fourth quarter for a 17-14 Dragon lead.
“We don’t really run that play too often, we have a play that goes to the outside,’’ Naton said. “But Coach said, ‘Look for Naton on the first drive,’ because I was running that play all day and no one picked me up. They came out in man and I made a move, and it was a perfect throw by O’Keefe.’’
After Xaverian punted on the next drive, O’Keefe hit Naton (three catches, 93 yards) for a 72-yard pass to give Duxbury a 24-14 lead with 8:15 remaining. The play was a fake screen, and Naton broke free down the sideline after faking a block.
“Reilly’s an incredible player, he’s an awesome teammate to have,’’ O’Keefe said. “We knew they were going to be working our screen game and they just bit on it. I put way too much air on it and Reilly came down with it.’’
Xaverian’s defensive line, anchored by junior Mo Hurst, reached O’Keefe often and easily throughout the game. But the senior quarterback, who scored on a 20-yard rush in the first quarter, kept his poise down the stretch.
“Hurst is a beast, their D-line is excellent,’’ Duxbury coach David Maimaron said. “O’Keefe took some licks today, but he’s just a tough kid - he keeps fighting.’’