DUXBURY — With their backs against the wall many times, the Dragons prevailed, edging Hingham, 14-7, in an overtime nail-biter. The win extends Duxbury’s state-high winning streak to 34 games.
It looked like it was going to be a shootout early with both teams scoring on their first possessions, but after that it was all defense.
Tied after four quarters, Hingham won the coin toss and went on defense first. The Harbormen did a great job containing quarterback Sean McCarthy on the opening plays, but the third time was a charm for McCarthy, who rolled right and connected with Wes Quinzani for an 11-yard touchdown.
“Hingham is a great team and they brought their A game, which they do every year,” said Dragons running back Jon Hurvitz. “It’s always a big rivalry, and they’re really good at stopping the run up the middle so we had to go to our passing game.”
A collective sigh of relief was felt on Duxbury’s sideline after the OT score, although the Dragons still had to stop Hingham. The Harbormen went to the air on the first two plays and lost a yard. They tried to run it on third down but a swarm of defenders stuffed Richard Sullivan. With one play to decide the game, Hingham went back to the air but was unable to score.
“We talked about it all week, it’s all about making plays,” said relieved Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron.
But had the Dragons just made a few plays in regulation, the game wouldn’t have been so close. The same could be said for Hingham.
After a big return by Sam Benger on the opening kickoff, it took the Harbormen just six plays to get in the end zone. Quarterback Joe Spaziani broke a 31-yard run down the sideline and later punched it in from 3 yards.
Duxbury quickly responded, driving 68 yards on just 10 plays. The drive was capped by a 12-yard run by McCarthy.
Duxbury had the chance to take the lead before the half but a fake field goal attempt backfired and sent the teams into the locker rooms tied at 7.
“We called the fake and they defended it,” Maimaron said. “Would have been nice to kick it looking back, huh?”
The Dragons drove down the field to start the third quarter but Hingham’s aggressive defense stopped McCarthy on fourth down by an inch.
Three plays later, Spaziani was intercepted by Shane Sullivan, giving Duxbury good field position once again. As was the case most of the game, the Harbormen kept fighting and ended up stopping the Dragons on fourth down.
Hingham got the ball in the red zone on the next drive but failed to score. John Fisher attempted a field goal but a bad snap ended that scoring bid.
The teams exchanged possessions throughout the second half, both having five drives in which they were unable to capitalize.
With the win, Duxbury (8-0) remains on the undefeated bus and will continue its Patriot Keenan League schedule against Silver Lake next Friday. Hingham (6-2) will travel to Quincy next Saturday.