DUXBURY, Mass. – The Bridgewater-Raynham Trojans have become Massachusetts football’s road warriors through Week 2.
First, the No. 4 Trojans traveled to Danvers and dethroned preseason No. 1 St. John’s Prep. Then, on Saturday night, B-R trekked to Duxbury for another Top 25 battle against the No. 13 Dragons. The Dragons’ lair has been an inhospitable environment to all road teams; Duxbury hadn’t lost a home game since Sept. 11, 2009.
It shouldn’t come by that much of a surprise that the Trojans were also the last team to win in Duxbury. And so the Trojans ended that streak, winning their second straight road game by a score of 13-10.
“These road victories are sweet,” B-R head coach Dan Buron said, “going to St. John’s Prep last week, coming here, going to Xaverian next week. It’s just going to get us ready for league play, hopefully.”
Neither side played their best offensive game, but in the end, the Trojans (2-0) did just enough to win.
B-R was unable to get untracked in the first half and the offensive woes even resulted directly in Duxbury’s lone touchdown. With 8:14 remaining in the second quarter, Trojans quarterback Matt Clement’s pitch toss in the direction of running back Brandon Gallagher was picked midflight by Dragons linebacker Victor Moitinho and returned 77 yards for a touchdown.
Despite the early lack of offensive cohesion, the Trojans were able to tie the score, 7-7, before the half. Clement found Arcel Armstead for a 5-yard touchdown pass on play-action with 50 seconds to go before the intermission.
“In the first half, we were playing well, but we made mental mistakes we don’t typically make,” Buron said. “[We weren’t] lining up correctly, we were offsides.”
Duxbury (1-1) regained the lead in the third quarter on Tyler Powers’ 17-yard field goal.
However, on the ensuing possession, the Trojans assembled their longest drive of the evening, marching 70 yards on 11 plays. Gallagher (26 carries, 103 yards) took to the sky, plunging into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 8:10 to play. The point-after try was blocked, keeping it a three-point game.
The Dragons were provided with two additional possessions before time ran out, but both drives resulted in turnovers on downs.
Cause for concern: Undoubtedly, Saturday’s game might not have been the top thing on the B-R quarterback’s mind.
Earlier in the day, Matt Clement’s father was taken to Brockton Hospital after suffering a heart attack while jogging at B-R’s track. After an emergency surgery, his condition improved enough that Matt, a junior first-year starter, felt he was ready to play – although his thoughts may have been elsewhere.
“I don’t know if I could’ve played in that situation,” Buron said.
He added, “He’s a gutsy kid. And he’s just going to continue to get better every week.
Defenses on display: Both Buron and Dragons head coach Dave Maimaron lauded the work of their defenses.
Although Gallagher again surpassed the century mark in rushing, Duxbury took away a key component of B-R’s rushing attack.
“They love running off-tackle and we really shut that down,” Maimaron said. “I thought we did a nice job taking that away from them.”
That was primarily the responsibility of junior defensive ends Aidan Pilon and Hunter Marston. Along with run-stuffing tackles Jack Herlihy and Grant Kramer, the Dragons limited B-R’s big play ability in the ground game.