Dolphins dominate Nauset
SOUTH YARMOUTH - Nauset put up a fierce fight in yesterday’s battle against Atlantic Coast Conference foe Dennis-Yarmouth, but the Dolphins turned up the intensity in the second half and took home the Chowder Bowl as well as a second straight berth in the playoffs with a 27-15 victory.
No. 4 Dennis-Yarmouth (11-0, 6-0) will take on No. 8 Walpole (9-2) Tuesday night in the Division 2A semifinals. The venue will be announced today. The last time Dennis-Yarmouth was undefeated was in 1960.
“Our kids have worked so hard all year, D-Y coach Paul Funk said. “We’ve been lifting, running, and conditioning, preparing for this since January. We’re back in it, that’s two years in a row being ACL champs and that’s very gratifying and I’m very proud of the kids that I have.’’
The Dolphins went up, 14-0 in the first quarter with quarterback Matt Montalto (114 yards rushing) paving the way. He recorded 71 yards on the first two drives, including 45 rushing, and threw a 13-yard TD pass to Damion Johnson (150 all-purpose yards) for the first score three minutes in. Joe Furness drove in the second touchdown with a 1-yard punch up the middle with a minute remaining in the quarter.
The Warriors had a chance to score in between the D-Y touchdowns after Derrick Holmes returned a kickoff 53 yards to give the Warriors the ball at the D-Y 27, but a delay of game penalty and a false start forced Mike Messersmith to try a field goal. The kick was short and fielded by Johnson in the end zone, and he returned it 58 yards to set up the second scoring drive.
Nauset, (7-4, 4-2), which played an independent league schedule last year, answered with a 65-yard touchdown drive that was capped by Holmes’s 1-yard TD. Derrick (83 yards rushing) and his twin brother Nathan Holmes (98 yards rushing) alternated carrying the ball on the drive, except for a 12-yard rush from Brendan Battles-Santos.
Nauset went three-and-out to start the second half, but Messersmith boomed a 52-yard punt that was downed at the Dolphins’ 1-yard line.
D-Y wasn’t fazed. The Dolphins drove 99 yards and consumed more than five minutes to go up, 21-7. Furness capped the drive with when he skirted up the left sideline from 18 yards.
“The drive of the game was the 99-yard drive - that was it,’’ Funk said. “We knew at that point we got the ball at the 1-yard line, drove it 99 yards and put it away right there. They were disciplined, they did what they were supposed to do.’’
The Dolphins padded their lead five minutes later when Dylan Hodsdon (76 all-purpose yards) scored after being spun around in midair by Battles-Santos and Derrick Holmes before finishing off his 5-yard run.
Nathan Holmes ran 11 yards with four seconds on the clock to close out the scoring.