|Mashpee’s Jared Taylor (31) shredded Cardinal Spellman for 306 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)|
Mashpee breaks out
Taylor runs for school mark with 306 yards
FOXBOROUGH - Behind the career-defining rushing day of Jared Taylor, Mashpee routed Cardinal Spellman in the Division 4 Super Bowl, 34-8, at Gillette Stadium last night.
Taylor, a junior, had a school-record 306 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries.
“Amazing,’’ said Mashpee’s primary running back, Jordan Keli’inui. “I’m a senior, playing my last game, won my last game, which was the Super Bowl, and I’m standing on the 50-yard line at Gillette. Amazing.’’
Mashpee received the second-half kickoff and the Cardinal Spellman crowd was introduced to Taylor, who had a productive first half, collecting 71 yards on the ground.
However, he opened the second half by taking the first play 58 yards for a TD, and the show was on.
Keli’inui led Mashpee all season, gaining 1,170 yards on the ground. But he injured his ankle in Mashpee’s playoff victory. Although Kel’inui played on defense last night, he watched from the sideline as Taylor shredded the Cardinal Spellman defense.
“He was awesome,’’ Keli’inui said. “I’d like to think I groomed him a little, but he killed it tonight.’’
Later in the third quarter, Taylor took a handoff and went 54 yards up the sideline to push the score to 28-0. He had 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns on nine carries through three quarters.
“It was fun blocking for someone that performs like that,’’ Graham Kilpatrick said. “For the people who don’t think there’s talent in the Cape, think again.’’
The first quarter wasn’t productive for either offense. There were four punts and a turnover on downs in five possessions.
Mashpee opened the second quarter and marched down the field, sparked by Taylor. On first and goal at the 10, quarterback Zak Orcutt took a draw play 9 yards to the 1 but Spellman’s defense stood tall.
Spellman’s big defensive front averages 230 pounds, and they came up with the goal-line stand. On fourth down, the Falcons ran a bootleg with Orcutt, who dived to the pylon but was stuffed by 6-foot-5-inch defensive end Joe Glynn.
“I thought I was in,’’ Orcutt said. “In or not, we won, but at the time it was 0-0, we wanted to get on the scoreboard badly.’’
Despite the turnover on downs and some momentum, Cardinal Spellman was forced to punt. Larry Green corralled a bounding ball at the Spellman 40 and returned it 20 yards.
The Falcons were in prime position. Orcutt was able to march his team down the short field. With two seconds left in the half, Orcutt lined up at receiver.
Junior Cody Bingham-Hendricks then threw a jump ball and Orcutt came down with it to give Mashpee a 6-0 lead.
Taylor scored two of the next three touchdowns (Kyle Murray had the other on a 14-yard reception) as Mashpee blew the game open with a 22-point third quarter.
Taylor’s final TD, a 10-yard run, gave Mashpee a 34-0 lead.
Pat Hinkley, who was questionable because of a separated shoulder, punched in Cardinal Spellman’s lone score from 18 yards to complete the scoring.