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A little more insight into yesterday's Super Bowl games

December 4, 2011
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BEST OF THE BEST

On the defensive

With a prolific scorer in Vincent Burton and a powerhouse offensive line and backfield, Blue Hills stormed through Division 4A while under the radar all season. One key ingredient was its defensive ability. The Warriors stifled opponents to the tune of allowing 6.6 points per game, and they had six shutouts. Senior safety Steve Snyder, who led the team with six interceptions this season, and 13 in the past two years, put it into perspective. “We work hard on our defense, we work hard on our offense. Defense wins us games all the time, and our offense puts the points on the board to allow us to do so.’’

Turning point

The first play of the second quarter changed the entire Division 2A game between Wakefield and Dennis-Yarmouth. Wakefield had marched down the field looking to answer D-Y’s opening drive touchdown. Faced with a fourth-and-goal at the Dolphin 2, Wakefield went for it. Quarterback Jamie Bourque handed off to Dan Cardillo, who ran off guard to the right but was stopped by a host of defenders a foot shy of the goal line. D-Y scored another touchdown eight plays later to take a 13-0 lead. And the pattern was repeated in crucial situations. D-Y was 3 for 3 on fourth downs that led to touchdowns. Wakefield was 0 for 3 inside the 10.

Fitting tribute

Those searching the field for No. 15 on Concord-Carlisle, George Craan, were unable to find him because Craan donned No. 5 instead. Craan lost his jersey during the week and needed a jersey with an eligible number for a back. The senior chose to wear No. 5 yesterday, a tribute to teammate Tyler Ryan, who died April 29, 2010. The jersey will hang inside The Hall at Patriot Place for the next year. “I know he was looking down on us today,’’ Craan said.

Very happy birthday

There were 59 seconds left during the Division 5 Super Bowl at Taunton High when the Nantucket student section started singing. At first it was just a few students, but slowly, the rest of the fans on the west side of the field were singing along. They were singing happy birthday to Taylor Hughes. For Hughes, who passed and ran for more than 100 yards during a 35-7 rout of Latin Academy, the birthday couldn’t have gone any sweeter. He walked off the field and his mom, Kip, who could hardly hold back the tears, gave him a big hug. “I’m so proud of him,’’ she said. The 18-year-old Hughes had no special plans. The championship was quite the gift. But with a boat ride back from Nantucket, his mother had a surprise. “He may not have plans,’’ she said. “But I have 60 cupcakes for the boat ride.’’

And Ramey-Doe, too

If racking up 200 yards and scoring three touchdowns in a Super Bowl victory over Needham wasn’t enough excitement for BC High’s Deontae Ramey-Doe, the senior running back did it all on his 18th birthday. “It’s a wonderful feeling, and it’s also my birthday so it’s a great present,’’ he said.

Quotes

“I watched that broadcast once, and I was really disappointed how Henry was maligned by the TV guys. He was sick as a dog, and for him to come back here and do what he did was just extra special. It was definitely redemption and wonderful today for a kid who put so much work into becoming a great football player.’’

Concord-Carlisle coach Mike Robichaud on Henry Bumpus, who played through an illness during last season’s Super Bowl loss to Duxbury.

THE NUMBERS

103

Career touchdown passes for Everett quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso.

537

Points Everett scored, an average of 41.3, and the second-highest point total in state history behind the 1914 Everett team that scored 600 points.

21

Leading, 16-12, in the third quarter, Blue Hills executed a 21-play drive that spanned two quarters and lasted 10 minutes and 13 seconds. The drive was crucial in slowing down Cathedral’s offense, which had scored 12 straight points. Burton, who carried the ball 17 times, rushed for 69 yards on the long drive.

15

Age of Concord-Carlisle cornerback Will Blumenberg, who recorded his sixth interception of the season in the Patriots’ win. Blumenberg was the only freshman on either roster in the Division 3 Super Bowl.

2

The difference in final point total between Blue Hills’s Vincent Burton (180) and Cathedral’s Gee Griffith (178). Griffith scored 28 touchdowns to Burton’s 23, but Burton had 21 2-point conversion runs to Griffith’s five.

24

Touchdowns scored by Concord-Carlisle back George Craan this fall, the most in Division 3.

40

BC High fans traveled well and packed the stands, but there’s no question Bartley Regan had the most support. Regan, the grandson of legendary BC High coach Jim Cotter, said he had more than 40 family members in attendance.

2,899

With his 341 yards rushing in a 48-6 win over Springfield Commerce in the Division 2 Super Bowl, Putnam’s Melquawn Pinkney broke Cedric Washington’s season rushing record. Pinkney finished the season with 2,899 yards, surpassing the 2,881 yards Washington totaled with Holyoke in 1996.

12

Games in which Bourne running back Joe Epps scored a TD for the Canalmen, who went 13-0. Epps finished the season with 1,586 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns.

6

With yesterday’s second straight playoff shutout (following a 7-0 win over King Philip in the semifinals), Duxbury finished the season with six shutouts in 13 games, including three in the last five games.

26

Consecutive wins by Duxbury, a state’s best heading into the 2012 season. And the Green Dragons can’t be accused of ducking opponents. Duxbury has beaten teams in Division 1 (Xaverian and New Bedford), Division 1A (Bridgewater-Raynham), Division 2A (Plymouth North and Marshfield), and Division 3 (Patriot Fisher teams).

15

Years since Nantucket’s last Super Bowl win, a 48-15 victory over Boston English in the 1996 Division 5B Super Bowl.

25,457

The announced attendance for the six games at Gillette Stadium. That’s down from last year’s attendance of 26,456.

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