Bowling them over
Duxbury, Blue Hills flying high with Super wins
Duxbury High and Blue Hills Regional capped their respective seasons with Super Bowl victories on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. An inside look:
EMass. Division 2: Duxbury 35, Tewksbury 0
Defining moment of the season: The Dragons hoisted the Division 2 championship trophy in Foxborough after recording their sixth shutout of the season.
“Our defense has done that all year: [holding teams to] under six points a game,’’ said coach Dave Maimaron, adding that the unit has been “unbelievable’’ all season.
“A lot of those points are against our second team that ends the game. We just have so much speed on D. They play as a unit and control the gaps.’’ Duxbury yielded just two first downs in the first half and forced three turnovers (two fumbles, one interception) on Saturday. “To get the trophy at Gillette is beautiful,’’ added the coach.
Key play of bowl: One play after Tewksbury seized possession on an interception by Frank McLaughlin late in the first half, Duxbury’s Marshall McCarthy plowed through the line of scrimmage, stripping quarterback Kevin Saunders of the ball, and Henry Narlee dove on it for the recovery. Matt O’Keefe then put the game out of reach, connecting with Don Webber on a 7-yard scoring pass for a 28-0 cushion.
Unsung hero: Senior corner Greg Williams. With 59 seconds remaining in the semifinals, King Philip had marched to the Duxbury 6. Williams read a pass intended for Joe Cochrane, but the ball slipped through his fingers. On the next play, however, when QB John Dillon tried to connect with Cochrane, Williams got the inside position and knifed in for the pick to secure the win.
“He’s been stuck in this program for four years, fighting to get on special teams; he just started getting some playing time on defense a couple of weeks ago,’’ said Maimaron. “If you had ever said he was going to save our season, I wouldn’t have believed you.’’
Stat check: Capping a fantastic season, O’Keefe was 8 of 18 passing for 135 yards and three TD passes. His season totals: 660 yards rushing, five TDs; 2,321 passing, 35 TDs.
Coach Maimaron: “I look up in the stands and see the community support. It’s everyday when we’re leaving. Seeing people out in front of their houses beeping and waving to us, it’s awesome. These kids, they’re great kids and they deserve the support. It’s just an awesome thing.’’
The future: The Dragons (13-0) will graduate 21 seniors, but with 26 straight wins, the program is riding a wave of momentum. “We’re going to miss this entire senior class,’’ added Maimaron. “They’ve won a lot of football games. They haven’t lost in a long time.’’
EMass. Division 4A: Blue Hills 16, Cathedral 14
Defining moment of the season: In Week 6, the Warriors shut out Southeastern, 44-0. “We knew they were a pretty good team,’’ said Blue Hills coach Ed Catabia. “We didn’t know how good we were at the time; we had to do some regrouping. It gave us insight going into the [Mayflower League]. The Southeastern game was a pretty important game to us. We knew had some things we had to do and we did them.’’
Key play of bowl: The Warriors churned out a pivotal first down on a fourth-and-2 call deep in their own territory to keep a third-quarter drive alive.
“We got the ball and took seven minutes off the clock,’’ said the coach. “We needed to take some time off the clock. We didn’t end up scoring but we took seven crucial minutes off.’’
After a 56-yard touchdown sprint by Cathedral QB Matt Owens was negated for unsportsmanlike conduct, Keith Gomes stepped in for an interception on the next play to lock up the win.
“His interception was a great interception,’’ added Catabia. “They were knocking on the door after the touchdown was called back. The MIAA has rules and regulations and we abide by them. Everyone was aware of them. Its unfortunate what he did.’’
Unsung hero: Junior center Kevin O’Callaghan played every snap of the season. “He didn’t get recognition throughout the year,’’ said Catabia. “He snapped the ball on every down and never missed a snap. If you can’t get the ball from the center, you’re not going to get a lot of plays. The linemen don’t get the recognition or the glory. He’s the pinnacle part of our team.’’
“He played fantastic and he never complained, not once. He went out listened to the coaches,’’ he added.
Stat check: Vincent Burton capped the season with 152 yards on 37 carries, rushing for one touchdown and two conversions, finishing with 23 TDs and 21 two-point conversions.
Coach Catabia: “I’m so happy for the kids. To watch them accept that trophy, it was pretty touching. The seniors have shown the past three years that they deserve to touch the trophy first. I’m so happy for them and happy for my coaches that have done a great job all year in preparation for the football team. It’s difficult for vocational schools to compete, and we’re doing it.’’
The future: The Warriors (12-1) will graduate 22 seniors, but with two consecutive Super Bowl appearances, the program has emerged strong.
“We have a team goal: to be competitive,’’ added the coach. “We’ll see if we can be competitive next year and go from there. The kids are rising to the occasion. We don’t have a feeder program. To do what they have done is pretty special.’’