Boston High School: Bobby Maimaron

D2 South: Needham 42, Duxbury 28

November, 2, 2013
NEEDHAM, Mass. –- With all the momentum on the Duxbury (5-2) sideline going into the fourth quarter, the Needham Rockets (7-1) needed a spark after giving up 21 unanswered points to the Dragons and losing their halftime lead.

As he has all year, star tail back Mike Panepinto (26 carries, 232 yards, 4 TD) provided that very spark, rushing for 144 yards in the second half and leading Needham over Duxbury 42-28 in impressive fashion.

Down 28-21 early in the fourth, Rockets quarterback Ryan Charter (7-of-13, 173 yards, 2 TD) found Panepinto on a screen pass. The UMass lacrosse commit proceeded to shed two Dragons’ tacklers and fly down field for a 50-yard touchdown and a tie ballgame.

“We decided as a team in that fourth quarter that we were not going to lose, and we haven’t lost a game here since Natick in 2011...We weren’t about to let it happen tonight,” Panepinto said.

The big play from Panepinto was nothing new for Needham head coach Dave Duffy.

“He was in space, and when Mike is in space, he’s trouble," Duffy said. "He got tripped up a little bit, then regained his balance and he was off to the races. They didn’t have enough guys over there to catch him, they can’t account for him at all times. It was definitely a momentum changer."

Panepinto helped anchor the next drive as well, but it was receiver Mike Elcock (4 catches, 110 yards, 2 TD) who was there in the end zone to recover a Panepinto fumble on the goal line and score a Needham touchdown.

“Before the game, I said we hadn’t been down in a game since Westwood earlier in the year," Panepinto said. "At the end of the game we can’t crumble, we can’t start pointing fingers and stuff. We did a great job of coming together as a team and capping off two great scoring drives there at the end."

Moments later, Cliff Kurker picked off a Bobby Maimaron pass and brought it back to the Duxbury 35 yard line. Panepinto did the rest, busting off two straight first downs followed by a 12-yard touchdown run to seal the victory for the host Rockets.

The star senior chose not to address his individual performance as much, but instead the fact that great performances from teammates like Charter, Elcock, and Jack Walsh (79 yards rushing) helped open up the running game.

“I thought that we did a good job of spreading the ball around tonight, we showed the rest of the state that we have kids who can do stuff all over the field. Mike Elcock played great, and Jack Walsh played really well too,” Panepinto said, “Ryan Charter threw the ball well. When all those guys are playing well, it really opens up the running game for me. It’s good to see the whole team getting the ball.”

Duxbury came out flat and at one point was down 21-7 in the second quarter, but Maimaron, a freshman, had something else in mind.
Maimaron found Wes Quinzani for a 69-yard touchdown pass down the sideline in the second quarter, then ran a score in himself to tie the game in the third quarter. With the ball on the Needham 15 to start the fourth, Maimaron hit Drew Hadley near the front left pylon to give the Dragons their first lead since being up 7-0.

“We did fight back, we had some troubles on our own end and they punched in two quick ones. But the kids never panicked, we’re a senior-laden team. We’ve got 32 seniors,” Duffy said, “The kids did a great job of not getting down on themselves and not bickering...just working hard. They’re a great team over there that we beat tonight.”

The Rockets will go on to face top-seeded Mansfield team next Friday in the D2 South semis. Though the Hornets will be favored in the minds of most, the Rockets will continue to embrace the role of talented underdog.

“With all these great teams, I don’t think a lot of teams are counting Needham into this...we have a pretty good team over here in Needham,” Panepinto said, “I think we’re going to give Mansfield a run for their money next weekend. I wouldn’t count us out of it by any means. We’ve got a good team.”

Recap: No. 12 Duxbury 30, Hingham 26

October, 5, 2013

SCITUATE, Mass. – As high school football rivalries go, the Patriot League Keenan Division matchup between Hingham and Duxbury has been especially spirited the past few seasons.

Friday night’s contest between the two schools did not disappoint.

Held at Scituate High – as the home team Harbormen await the completion of their new turf field, expected to be finished for next weekend’s homecoming – Duxbury staged a 30-26 second-half comeback win behind the arm of freshman quarterback Bobby Maimaron (11-for-23, 176 yards, 4 TD, 2-point conversion, 2 INT).

Filling in for injured starter and senior quarterback Sean McCarthy (high ankle sprain), Maimaron helped the Green Dragons improve to 3-1 (2-0 Keenan) and overcome an early 14-0 deficit and three turnovers on their first three possessions.

On Duxbury’s fourth drive, Maimaron found senior wideout Wes Quinzani (5 receptions, 128 yards, 2 TD, 2-point conversion) for a 21-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter. Senior Tyler Powers, who finished 2 of 3 on point-after tries, missed the extra point putting Hingham up 14-6.

Approximately four minutes later, the Harbormen responded when senior kicker John Fisher split the uprights on a 31-yard field goal to give Hingham a 17-6 lead, a score which stood until halftime.

But Hingham opened the second half by committing two fumbles on its first two drives, mistakes which led to 15 unanswered Duxbury points and a 21-14 lead for the Green Dragons.

First, Maimaron found senior Victor Moitinho from 11 yards out for a touchdown with 8:59 remaining in the third quarter. Then, Maimaron connected with Quinzani a play later for the two-point conversion.

Trailing 17-14, Duxbury – set up seconds later by a second Hingham fumble deep in its own territory – added a Maimaron-to-Jack Snow 16-yard touchdown connection with 8:38 left in the third quarter to give the Green Dragons their first lead.

“In the first quarter they got [their turnovers],” said Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron, who is also Bobby’s father, “and then we got the turnovers in the third quarter. And we were able to capitalize.”

Bobby Maimaron added his fourth touchdown pass on Duxbury’s third drive of the third quarter when he hit Quinzani from seven yards out. Powers converted the PAT to give the Green Dragons a 28-17 advantage.

“The third quarter was awesome,” Coach Maimaron said. “The third quarter we just executed on, I think, almost every single snap, on both sides of the ball.

“We’re a good football team when we play like that in the third quarter. We just had some bad luck there in the first quarter. Those turnovers hurt. But we didn’t crumble. Our kids faced that adversity and bounced back.”

Though Hingham added a Fisher 32-yard field goal with 10:02 left in the fourth quarter and a 26-yard touchdown play when reserve senior quarterback Caleb Brodie found junior Stewart Fay in the back of the end zone, a failed 2-point conversion and unsuccessful onside kick attempt left the Harbormen trailing 28-26 with just over five minutes remaining.

Hingham’s hopes were dashed with 1:26 left in the game when Duxbury junior defensive tackle Matt Boyle sacked Hingham’s Brodie in the end zone for a safety.

“I was right down here,” Bobby Maimaron said as he pointed to where the safety occurred. “I was watching, actually, Boyle, who made the play. He got by his guy and hit the QB and that was huge. That finished it.”

For Hingham, which dropped to 2-2 (0-1 Keenan), it was a night marred by frustration and missed opportunities.

Despite winning the turnover battle four to two, Hingham was unable to avoid its own costly mistakes which essentially let Duxbury back into the game.

“You get turnovers, you make turnovers,” Hingham coach Paul Killinger said. “You make them hurt. When we made the turnovers they made us hurt. Good teams do that. Both teams are good teams.”

Hingham senior defensive lineman John Henry Johnson scored the game’s first points when he picked off Bobby Maimaron and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown. The Harbormen made it 14-0 with 3:33 left in the first quarter when on their next drive, which began inside Duxbury’s 20-yard line following a Green Dragons fumble, Harbormen senior running back Sam Benger scampered in from 8 yards out.

Along with losing to Duxbury, it also appears the Harbormen will be without senior quarterback Joey Spaziani, who sustained a leg injury in the closing seconds of the third quarter. The game was stopped for approximately 15 minutes as Spaziani lay writhing in pain on the turf, before being taken off on a stretcher and then to the local hospital by ambulance.

“’Good luck,’ that’s all you can say,” Killinger responded when asked what he told Spaziani as he lay on the field. “I’ll spend the evening at the hospital with his family . . .

“He’s done. He’s done. It’s broken, probably two, if not three, places.”