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Thursday’s Duxbury football game called off in wake of players’ use of anti-Semitic terms

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Duxbury football's season is on pause. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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The Duxbury varsity football team will not play its Thursday game against Whitman-Hanson, school superintendent John Antonucci told the Boston Globe on Monday.

A decision on the Dragons’ final varsity game of the season, scheduled for April 9 against rival Marshfield, has not been made.

Duxbury’s junior-varsity and freshman games previously scheduled for this week will also not be played.

The entire football program was put on pause last week after the school began investigating players’ use of Holocaust-related and anti-Semitic terms during a game earlier this month.

Head coach Dave Maimaron, who had held his role since 2005, was fired on Wednesday, and the Duxbury school district hired an outside investigator to examine what led to students using the terms.

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“We want to be perfectly clear that we recognize how serious this is, and it is getting our undivided attention,” said Antonucci in a letter to the community announcing the district’s response.

The town’s select board is holding a public meeting on Monday night to discuss the players’ use of offensive terms.

Duxbury athletic director Thom Holdgate said Monday afternoon he believes Duxbury football teams will return to the field for some type of practice on Tuesday.. It’s unclear who would lead the practice after Maimaron’s firing.

Maimaron was fired after school officials learned players used the words “rabbi,” “dreidel,” and “Auschwitz,” to call plays during a March 12 game against Plymouth North. Plymouth officials notified Duxbury authorities about the offensive terms.

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The situation came to light after Maimaron did not coach against Silver Lake during Duxbury’s second game on March 19.

In addition to losing his coaching position, Maimaron was placed on administrative leave from his position teaching special education at the school, according to Ellis Strategies, a public relations firm working with the town’s school district.

Duxbury is one of the state’s most successful programs. Maimaron had led the team to 12 consecutive Patriot League titles and five Super Bowls.

Whitman-Hanson will instead host Rockland this Thursday at 6 p.m., athletic director Bob Rodgers confirmed Monday.

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