Duxbury completes perfect run
FOXBOROUGH - They took vastly different paths to get here.
Second-ranked Duxbury used its potent offense to overpower everyone in its path and roll to its second straight undefeated season. Tewksbury edged its way into the playoffs on what some call a controversial point system.
And even though both teams took the field at Gillette Stadium yesterday knowing their methods of arrival were irrelevant, Duxbury showed Tewksbury why it has not lost since 2009.
The Green Dragons crushed the Redmen, 35-0, to take home the Division 2 Super Bowl title and extend their winning streak to 26 games, the longest in the state.
“We’ve worked so hard to get where we’re at, this is no coincidence,’’ quarterback Matt O’Keefe said. “It’s a dream come true for all of us to be able to do this. I couldn’t be more proud of the boys.’’
The Dragons (13-0) got two touchdowns from Jon Hurvitz (7 carries, 75 yards) and one each from Reilly Naton (3 receptions, 74 yards), Don Webber (3 catches, 28 yards), and James Burke (1 catch, 27 yards). But it was their defense that set them up with short field position and allowed them to shut the door on the Redmen early.
Duxbury held Tewksbury (7-6) to 12 yards of total offense in the first half, and three of its first four scores came off turnovers in the form of a Burke interception and a pair of strip-sacks by Henry Narlee and Marshall McCarthy.
“I can’t talk enough about the defense, they are the best defense in the state,’’ O’Keefe said. “It is the nicest thing to have, you’re almost guaranteed a shutout every game you’re out there.’’
That airtight defense was on display last Tuesday in a shutout of high-powered King Philip in the playoff semifinals, but the Duxbury offense was held in check, putting up 7 points, by far its lowest total of the season.
“King Philip did a tremendous job on defense against us,’’ coach Dave Maimaron said. “In this game we kind of figured out what they were doing early and had an answer for it.
“When we’re playing our A game on both sides of the ball, it’s hard for anyone to play with us. It’s not a knock against Tewksbury, I think we just have that much talent this year that when we play at our top level it’s hard for anyone to stick with us.’’
Eight of Duxbury’s starters will play Division 1 college lacrosse next season.
“All the lacrosse guys are awesome,’’ said O’Keefe, who will play for Johns Hopkins. “We just got athletes out there. They’re incredible guys to play with. It’s just nice to have receivers out there who you know are incredibly athletic. Our line played awesome tonight, and we were just firing on all cylinders.’’
Last night marked the end of a way of life for the seniors who helped build Duxbury’s winning streak last season.
“It definitely is bittersweet,’’ O’Keefe said. “I’m never going to put on a pair of football pads again, it’s never going to be the same. So I’m just trying to live in the moment now, I’m never going to forget this.’’