Recap: No. 6 Duxbury 14, Hingham 7 (OT)

October, 27, 2012
DUXBURY, Mass. –- You missed a great game.

Duxbury extended its state-best winning streak to 34 games in a dramatic 14-7 overtime win, subduing rival Hingham to take sole possession of the Patriot Keenan pole position.

“This means the world to us,” said senior captain CJ LoConte. “I can’t say enough about it.”

In overtime, Duxbury (8-0) got the ball first. The Dragons' initial play was a run for a yard loss by quarterback Sean McCarthy and the second an incomplete pass broken up by Hingham’s Ethan Pelissier. On the following play, McCarthy couldn’t find his primary receiver, Joe Guilfoile, but his eyes caught McCarthy dragging across the plane and hit him for the second Dragons’ score of the evening, making the game 14-7 following Tucker Hannon’s successful point-after kick.

Hingham (6-2) began the ensuing possession off shaky, quarterback Joe Spaziani finding workhorse Richard Sullivan in the flat for a one-yard loss. The Harbormen's second play was more complicated, as Spaziani shot for the end zone with John Fisher as the target, but the pass dropped and so did a yellow flag. After convening with the other game officials, the defensive pass interference call was withdrawn and it became third and 11 for the Harbormen, which Sullivan ran for another lost yard.

On fourth down, with nowhere to go but the end zone or home, head coach Paul Killinger went into the cook book and tried a flea flicker from Sullivan to Fisher. But once the pigskin rolled on the ground after Fisher missed the pass, the Duxbury sideline cleared and rejoiced in maintaining its perfect season record thus far, as well as gaining another token to ride the bus towards a third straight MIAA Super Bowl berth.

“Stopping them on the first two downs and putting them in a third and long then fourth and long [postion] was great,” said Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron.

Young at Heart: Coach Maimaron had the opportunity, at the end of the first half, to attempt a thirty-two yard field goal, but instead went for the fake.

“I like losing years,” chuckled Maimaron. “I look so young I gotta do things like that so that I get old.”

In hindsight, Maimaron would choose to kick the field goal given another chance, but based on film and the way his team had practiced the fake. Hingham, though, surprised Maimaron by jamming up the receiver that was supposed to be open downfield, stymieing the Andrew Baker’s chance to put his team up with fifty-four seconds to go in the second quarter.

Tradition lives: The two scorers on the day, Sean McCarthy and Wes Quinzani, felt that although they scored the team’s points during the game, that the reason they continued to work hard and pull out the win was not selfish, but more an honor to the seniors on the team who have had a tradition that they wanted to be able to continue.

“This senior class, they haven’t lost a game their entire four years here,” said Sean McCarthy, eyeing the senior keeping watch over him off camera. “We play for them every game.”




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