Mashpee shows off its power
TAUNTON - An undefeated season is still in the cards for Mashpee as the Falcons steamrolled Millis/Hopedale, 30-12, last night to earn an opportunity to play under the lights at Gillette Stadium against Cardinal Spellman Saturday in the Division 4 Super Bowl.
The Falcons’ defensive effort upfront was overwhelming from the opening possession, led by senior lineman Graham Kilpatrick.
“Our defense was here to play,’’ said Kilpatrick. “All of us, we were animals today. Relentless from the go.’’
After two plays for losses on its first possession, Millis went to the air but quarterback Bay Tangney’s pass was broken up on a crushing hit to the receiver’s chest by Zak Orcutt (two interceptions).
The three-and-out got the Falcon offense on the field and the rout was on. Mashpee swiftly got up the field behind the running of leading rusher Jordan Keli’inui, who capped the five-play drive with a 27-yard touchdown run.
“We have two good backs,’’ said Mashpee coach Matt Triveri, who was drenched in a Gatorade bath. “But it extends to our fullbacks, quarterback, line, and receiver blocks. It’s a team effort.’’
Later in the quarter, Jared Taylor took his first rush of the game 34 yards to the end zone, extending the Falcon lead to 16-0. Mashpee (12-0) would hold a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
The Mohawks tried to have a say in the outcome. They cut the deficit to 10 as Tangney connected with Derek Latosek for a 34-yard touchdown that was set up when the Falcons fumbled on their own 45. But Millis wouldn’t get any closer.
Orcutt then found Keli’inui on a 7-yard touchdown pass. The lead was 24-6 at the half, as Mashpee connected on 2-point conversions on each touchdown.
The exclamation point came on the opening drive of the second half. Knocking six minutes off the clock, the Falcons found the end zone when Taylor plunged up the middle from 2 yards.
There was a different tone from the other sideline. Despite a successful season, Mohawks coach Dale Olmstead was visibly disappointed.
“I realize we had a good year,’’ said Olmstead. “We are going in the right direction, but we really wanted this one.’’
Keli’inui finished with 82 yards rushing, while Taylor ran for 63. The next time these two carry the ball, it will be in Foxborough.