BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- The hits just keep on coming for No. 9 Duxbury.
The Dragons ran their state best winning streak to 27 games with a 20-7 win over No. 8 Bridgewater-Raynham on Saturday. Even after two straight Super Bowl championship seasons and a historically good 13-0 campaign in 2011, Duxbury showed there’s no need to revel in the glories of the past.
Once again, they’re for real.
Senior running back Jon Hurvitz provided the fireworks, racking up 208 yards on 17 carries with two rushing touchdowns. Despite breaking in a new quarterback, taking over for Matt O’Keefe, junior Sean McCarthy (rushing touchdown) was composed in the pocket and showed a tough nose in the running game out of the shot gun.
On defense, the Dragons looked strong again with linebacker Marshall McCarthy frequently dropping the hammer.
Trojans head coach Dan Buron remarked after the game that his team isn’t likely to see a team as talented as their Week 1 opponent – and B-R’s schedule is stacked.
In the end, there are simply too many horses to corral.
“Our [offensive] pace, I think, got to them in the second half,” said Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron whose team run at a hurry-up pace in the third. “I thought we could go as fast as we could around them, as much as we could.”
A BREAK-OUT YEAR?
Hurvitz gained plenty of game experience last season while featuring at running back for the Dragons after Henry Buonagurio lost most of the season to injury.
He continued the pace in his season debut, breaking off touchdown runs of 22 and 61 yards.
Of course, Hurvitz believes the key to his success has been Duxbury’s offensive line, which returns largely in tact this season.
“We’ve got [Grant] Kramer, [Rob] Kosharek, C.J. [LoConte], who’s going to Army next year for lacrosse. We’ve got [Rick] Lippard and [Jack] Hurlihy, big guys who are all physical. It’s fun to run behind them.”
Hurvitz just fills in the blanks thereon.
“He doesn’t need much room,” Maimaron said of Hurvitz, “he just gets a little seam and he can bust it.”
BRIGHT SPOTS FOR B-R
Even without the services of running back Arcel Armstead, the Trojans showed plenty of promise on offense, despite coming away with just one touchdown.
Sophomore Brandon Gallagher stepped into the Trojans’ tailback role and Buron saw him “grow up” in the game’s second half.
“I told him at halftime that he can’t bounce to the outside, this isn’t freshman football any more. Then, he made some nice cuts in the second half.”
Buron also praised senior Jordan Cohen, who made his first varsity start on Saturday. Cohen showed good chemistry with receivers Ryan Martin, Ryan Scripter and Kevin Wadsworth and command of the offense.
“I thought Jordan Cohen, threw the ball pretty well in the second half,” Buron said. “The big knock on us is that we can’t throw the ball very well, but I thought he showed he could.”