Duxbury too much for Dolphins
WEYMOUTH — The Duxbury Dragons are bolstered by the strong arm of quarterback Kane Haffey, but last night it was his legs — and those of his teammates — that mattered most.
Haffey legged out a pair of touchdowns and threw for a third and running back Henry Buonagurio turned in a strong game as Duxbury took a 19-7 win over Dennis-Yarmouth in the Division 2A semifinal.
“We usually throw the ball all over the place. Two weeks ago we ran the ball five times the entire game,’’ said Duxbury coach David Maimaron. “I don’t know if we threw five passes in the second half. Our offensive line did a great job.’’
A strong punt return by Tucker Hannon early in the first quarter put the Dragons (12-0) at the D-Y 35, but a fumble nearly squandered that chance as the Dragons were pushed back 6 yards to the 41.
Haffey gained a yard on a run before firing a 40-yard bomb to Andrew Buron for a score. The extra-point attempt, a kick by Hannon, failed.
The Dragons got their second touchdown after driving 60 yards in nine plays, culminated by a 1-yard touchdown run by Haffey. Haffey was sacked on the 2-point conversion attempt.
The Dolphins (10-2) came close to cutting their 12-0 deficit in half near the end of the second quarter. Matthew Montalto connected with Damion Johnson for a 23-yard gain to the Duxbury 30. A pair of illegal procedure penalties pushed the ball back to the 40, but Dennis-Yarmouth managed to recover and push the ball all the way to the Duxbury 3 with five seconds to go.
Montalto attempted a sneak but was taken down by Duxbury’s Max Randall and Jay McDermott just shy of the end zone. Maimaron said Randall’s leadership has been an asset all season.
“He’s only a junior — he’s just an unbelievable competitor, an unbelievable athlete,’’ he said. “He’s going to be playing lacrosse at Dartmouth in two years, but we’ve got another year with him, thank God.’’
Duxbury started the second half poised to turn the game into a rout, as Matt Hallsey returned the kick 26 yards to the Duxbury 47. The Dragons pushed as far as the Dennis-Yarmouth 37 before turning the ball over when a pass on a fake punt went incomplete.
Dennis-Yarmouth put together its strongest offensive show of the night on the ensuing possession, quickly pushing to Duxbury’s 14. Another illegal procedure penalty pushed the Dolphins back to third-and-long, but a Duxbury pass interference penalty aided Dennis-Yarmouth’s cause. Running back Joe Furness ran 6 yards for the score a few plays later, putting the Dolphins down by 5 with 13 minutes to go after a successful PAT kick by John Terrio.
But Duxbury’s defense shut down Dennis-Yarmouth in the fourth quarter, and the Dragons tallied a third score, a Haffey 1-yard run, after forcing a turnover on downs on Dennis-Yarmouth’s 1.
Randall said big stops like that are a matter of everyone sticking to the gameplan.
“We’ve been saying all year that someone’s going to make the play,’’ he said. “If everyone does his job, eventually the play is going to come.’’
The Dragons will battle for the Division 2A title Saturday at Gillette Stadium against Concord-Carlisle. The Patriots beat North Andover in the other semifinal.