BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – From the moment Don Webber caught the ball in the flat and raced 70 yards for a touchdown, it looked as though it would be a long day for No. 20 Bridgewater-Raynham. During the play, two Trojan defenders collided and fell to the ground, allowing the Duxbury receiver to race to the end zone unimpeded.
Things continued to get worse from then as the Green Dragons built a 28-0 lead by halftime.
“Our first half was pretty good, but I think Coach Buron must’ve had a heck of a halftime speech,” Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron said.
B-R made things slightly more interesting in the second half, but the damage was already done and the Green Dragons won 42-22.
“Bottom line is that at 4 o’clock this afternoon, I don’t know where we were,” B-R head coach Dan Buron said. “I’m hoping that the second half team is the team that we thought we had. That first half team, I actually went to check to see if there were different kids in their uniforms in the locker room.”
Duxbury (1-0) began to pile it on during the second quarter with three touchdowns, two of which senior wide receiver and defensive back Matt Hallisey accounted for in about 20 seconds of elapsed time.
Already up 13-0, Duxbury quarterback Matt O’Keefe connected with Hallisey for his first touchdown. The 5-foot-9 wide out worked his way across the field on a shallow drag route to haul in a 13-yard score.
On the second play of the ensuing B-R (0-1) drive, Duxbury safety Reilly Naton met a Trojan receiver with a hard hit on a ball that had been thrown over the middle. Naton tipped the Billy Zolga pass, then Hallisey snatched the ball from midair and took it back 39 yards for the pick-six.
Hallisey, who led Duxbury with five receptions for 91 yards, also added a 65-yard touchdown catch from Kane Haffey (6 of 9, 157 yards, 2 TDs and one rushing touchdown) in the fourth quarter for his touchdown of the game.
“Coach told us at halftime that the score was 0-0,” Hallisey said. “If we could go up by 28 in the first half, they were capable of scoring 28 points in the second half.
“But we played well. We executed well when we needed to. We kind of eased up a little bit and then finished out the game, but it was a pretty big win for us.”
The Trojans struggled to find any kind of rhythm on either side of the ball early. Duxbury’s spread offense and line-call audibles had B-R defenders out of sorts. Meanwhile, the Green Dragon defenders constantly pressured Zolga, who was often forced to make plays while on the run.
B-R didn’t earn its first first down until there was 1:40 remaining in the first half.
When the Trojans reemerged from the locker room, they found their spark. Zolga reached the end zone on a 24-yard run for the first B-R score. He followed with a 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Sean O’Donnell to draw the Trojans within 13 points in the third quarter.
B-R wouldn’t get any closer as Hallisey turned in his biggest play of the day on the 65-yarder.
“You know when you’re playing Bridgewater-Raynham, they’re one of the top programs in the state,” Maimaron said. “It’s a great first game for us, that’s why we play them. It’s a great measuring stick and our kids worked really hard to get ready for this game.”