Boston High School: Grant Kramer

Recap: No. 4 B-R 13, No. 13 Duxbury 10

September, 15, 2013
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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.

Kramer boosts steady line for No. 13 Duxbury

August, 28, 2013
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DUXBURY, Mass. -- Firing out of his three-point stance for the Duxbury High football team, Dragons’ captain Grant Kramer understands the importance of what he and his offensive linemates do on every single play.

“That’s where it all starts,” said Kramer, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound left guard for the Dragons. “It’s a group of guys -- in our case a real tight-knit group of friend -- just pushing and working together to get things going on offense.”

In recent years, the Dragons have annually boasted one of the state’s premier offensive lines -- which is among the biggest reasons they haven’t lost a regular season since week two of the 2009 campaign. Most impressive about Duxbury’s offensive line success is it has graduated a number of standout linemen, including Grant’s brother Aaron (2010) whose playing at Boston College.

Gordon Acha finished 2011 as ESPN Boston's Lineman of the Year before moving on to Elon College; last year, Rob Kosharek earned a scholarship to Holy Cross. Yet still, they’ve pushed forward. Given the size, and experience, across Duxbury’s offensive line, 2013 should prove no different.

“We’ve been really lucky to reload the last few years,” said coach Dave Maimaron. “I’m not sure how Duxbury has so many of these kids, but I’m glad we do. These guys aren’t just big and strong though, they all athletic too. We’ve been blessed.”

Kramer is the biggest body, but center Rick Lippard (6-0, 240), left tackle Jack Herlihy (6-5, 255) and Matt Boyle (6-4, 250) give Duxbury plenty of road graders ready to pave the way for quarterback Sean McCarthy and running Khai Perry.

Like Maimaron, Kramer couldn’t pin down just one reason the Dragons offensive line continues to be one of the strongest points on the team.

“I know I’ve been blessed with good genes, and I’m sure the other guys would say the thing,” Kramer said. “I think it really just stems down from the great coaching Coach Maimaron gives. We get a lot of help from our running backs and quarterbacks -- those guys make us look pretty good.”

To make sure they keep winning trench battles, this year’s version of the offensive line was most often found in the offseason moving a lot of weight in the weight room.

“We all worked really hard with at the Duxbury strength and conditioning stuff,” Kramer said. “I know for me, working out mostly with Jack (Herlihy) was always fun. Having another big guy with you, we were always trying to push out an extra rep on the bench or move up in weight on squats.”

Kramer and Herlihy have positioned themselves to become the next Duxbury linemen to move on to the college ranks.

Herlihy is still taking part in the recruiting process, and has garnered some Ivy League interest for the next level. Kramer passed on scholarship offers from Villanova and Eastern Carolina, and also couldn’t be tempted by Ive League recruiters.

West Point, the Army’s officer academy, just made more sense. Kramer will either enroll at West Point or West Point Prep next fall, but he’s excited to be a Black Knight.

“I went up in July for a one-day camp, and I just feel like it’s I want to be and where I belong,” Kramer said. “I’ll be honored to serve this country after I finish school there.”

But first, Kramer will have the honor of leading Duxbury’s offensive line as the Dragons pursue a sixth straight Patriot League Keenan Division title.

DUXBURY AT A GLANCE
2012: 11-1, Lost in Div. 2 Playoffs
Coach: Dave Maimaron (Ninth season, 83-13)
Strengths: Offensive line, running back, quarterback
Weaknesses: Linebacker
Key Returnees: Grant Kramer, Sr. OG, 6-4, 270 lbs; Khai Perry, Sr. RB, 5-7, 175 lbs; Sean McCarthy, Sr. QB, 6-1, 185 lbs; Jack Herilhy, Sr. OT, 6-5, 250 lbs
Outlook: The Dragons are replacing a lot on defense, including 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Marshall McCarthy. Even as Duxbury figures out personnel to take on defensive roles, the offense will be able to shoulder the load given the strength of the offensive line, as well as the return of starting QB Sean McCarthy. Khai Perry is a dynamic runner who can make plays in a variety of ways, and will ensure the Maimaron’s squad is once again a balance one. This squad likely matches last year’s 29 points per game, so if the defense does its part, Duxbury will have a chance to hoist a third Div. 2 trophy in four years.

Roundtable: Best players, breakout stars, sleepers

August, 21, 2013
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Brendan Hall
ESPN Boston High Schools editor


Best QB: Cody Williams, Springfield Central
Best RB: Johnathan Thomas, St. John's Prep
Best WR: Brian Dunlap, Natick
Best TE: Brendan Hill, Mansfield
Best OL: Jon Baker, Millis/Hopedale
Best DL: Jon Baker, Millis/Hopedale
Best LB: C.J. Parvelus, Everett
Best DB: Lubern Figaro, Everett
Best passing offense: Natick
Best rushing offense: St. John's Prep
Best offensive line: St. John's Prep
Best defensive line: Reading
Best linebackers: Reading
Best secondary: Everett

THREE TEAMS THAT WILL SURPRISE

Medway
Coach Dave McSweeney's affinity for power football isn't a secret, and this season he'll have two road-graders to run behind in Kevin Sheehan (6-4, 285) and Cam Smith (6-5, 290, Lafayette commit). If there's any exhibit for why we needed to change the postseason format, the most glaring sample might be the Mustangs, who went 19-3 from 2009-10 with no playoff berth. In this new playoff system, a gameplan like the Mustangs' is built for the long haul.

Lynn English
Perhaps this isn't a surprise pick so much as an affirmation. In a Division 2 North that is perceived to be wide open after heavy favorite Reading, the Bulldogs have enough talent to make a deep run. There has always been elite talent at the skill positions, but Preseason All-State selection Chris Tinkham gives them a presence in the trenches they've lacked the last few years, a rare "war daddy" type who overpowers the interior gaps. The biggest question will be where the Bulldogs put junior Jordan Javier, a 6-foot-4 transfer from Haverhill who is a matchup problem at his natural split end position but also throws one of the prettiest balls you'll see on the North Shore.

Quabbin
The Panthers struggled to a 4-7 tune last season in a weak league, but there is some promise. Quarterback Dylan Kierman is an underappreciated talent, who should get a boost from the return of slippery receiver Nick Thyden. The Panthers run a unique "Air Raid" scheme, and another year of experience with it could surprised teams in Division 4 Central.

THREE BREAKOUT ATHLETES TO WATCH

Lukas Denis, Jr. ATH, Everett
After an injury-shortened 2012 season in which he was the assumed successor to record-setting quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso, but barely saw the field, Denis is moving to the perimeter, where he will take a role similar to the hybrid slot-back role that Manny Asprilla made legendary in 2010. Defensively, he should serve as a terrific compliment in the secondary to highly-touted safety/cornerback Lubern Figaro, and has already begun to pick up some Division 1 FBS interest.

Alfred Adarkwah, Sr. WR, Doherty
Standing a long 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-7 wingspan, Adarkwah has an unusually large catching radius for a high school receiver. This summer in passing leagues, the Highlanders toyed with Adarkwah and Boston College-bound receiver Isaac Yiadom on the same side of 2x2 formations. Head coach Sean Mulcahy has to be excited with the possibilities that opens up -- just imagine sending those two on a post-wheel combo route. Or better yet, imagine running them on a bubble screen, taking advantage of both Yiadom's elite speed and Adarkwah's great downfield blocking skills.

Taj-Amir Torres, Jr. ATH, Amherst
Already a household name in track and field, where he was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year last spring as a sophomore after winning New Englands in the 100-meter dash, he's about to get a whole lot more attention. Boston College, UConn and UMass have already offered Torres, who made just 24 catches last season but made some incredible feats of athleticism. Hurricanes head coach David Thompson told us earlier this month "[We're] trying to get the ball in his hands every opportunity we get", so expect bigger numbers in 2013.

WAY TOO EARLY STATE CHAMPION PICKS

Div. 1 - Everett
Div. 2 - Springfield Central
Div. 3 - Walpole
Div. 4 - Doherty
Div. 5 - Auburn
Div. 6 - Millis/Hopedale

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Scott Barboza
ESPN Boston High Schools Editor

Best QB - Drew Belcher - Sr. Reading
Best RB - Johnny Thomas - Sr. St. John’s Prep
Best WR - Brian Dunlap - Jr. Natick
Best TE - Rory Donovan - Sr. Cardinal Spellman
Best OL - Jon Baker – Sr., Millis/Hopedale
Best DL – Joe Gaziano – Jr., Xaverian
Best LB – Eddie Motavu – Sr., Tewksbury
Best DB - Lubern Figaro - Sr. Everett
Best passing offense - Natick
Best rushing offense - St. John's Prep
Best offensive line – Bridgewater-Raynham
Best defensive line - Reading
Best linebackers - Leominster
Best secondary - Everett

THREE SURPRISE TEAMS

St. Mary’s (Lynn)
OK, so a team coming off an 11-2 season and a Super Bowl appearance might not exactly be a surprise, but with a couple of other Catholic Central teams garnering the buzz in the preseason, let's not forget the Spartans have another season with Jordan Collier (1,495 yards, 18 TD).

Hingham

We've heard them knocking, but can they come in? The Harbormen have whittled the gap in recent years, particularly against Patriot League nemesis Duxbury, but they're still waiting to break through. They could have an in-road in Division 3 Southwest. An early non-leaguer against Oliver Ames should be a bellweather for things to come, but the real proof will come Oct. 5, against those aforementioned Dragons.

Wakefield
The Warriors fell short of their goal of winning the Middlesex League's Freedom division last year, but should be in the mix in a wide open Division 3 Northwest race. We'll have a better impression after a visit from Lynn English in Week 2.

THREE BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETES

Joe Johnston, Sr. RB/S, King Philip
Anybody who saw Johnston's hard-nosed 157-yard, 2-touchdown performance against North Attleborough last year knows Johnston's style. He's a burden for would-be tacklers inside the box, and once he kicks it outside, he's also very hard to catch.

Grant Kramer, Sr. OT, Duxbury
The younger brother of Boston College tackle Aaron Kramer, Grant is now ready to assume the role as the next great lineman on the Dragons' line (and there have been some very good ones in recent memory). He currently holds offers from Coastal Carolina and Villanova but has also expressed interest in attending West Point.

Connor Moriarty, Sr. RB, Walpole
When Rebels starter Mike Rando went out with an ankle injury near the midway point of the regular season last year, it was Moriarty who carried the load down the stretch. Expect even bigger numbers this year.

WAY TOO EARLY CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTIONS:

D1 – St. John’s Prep
D2 – Springfield Central
D3 – Walpole
D4 – Doherty
D5 – Auburn
D6 – Millis/Hopedale

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Josh Perry
ESPN Boston correspondent


Best QB - Drew Belcher, Reading
Best RB - Jonathan Thomas, St. John’s Prep
Best WR – Brian Dunlap, Natick
Best TE – Brendan Hill, Mansfield
Best OL – Jon Baker, Millis-Hopedale
Best DL – Andrew Bourque, Reading
Best LB – Kevin Bletzer, Catholic Memorial
Best DB – Lubern Figaro, Everett
Best passing offense - Natick
Best rushing offense – St. John’s Prep
Best offensive line – St. John’s Prep
Best defensive line - Reading
Best linebackers – Catholic Memorial
Best secondary - Everett

THREE TEAMS THAT WILL SURPRISE:

Attleboro
A new coaching staff, the energy of a new field complex, and a strong crop of returning seniors could make the Bombardiers the surprise team of the Hockomock League. Attleboro has always been a sleeping giant and the program continues to find solid athletes, it’s now up to the new staff to build a system that fits the talent on the roster. With a couple of league rivals dealing with injuries and suspensions, Attleboro could sneak up on people.

Barnstable
Everyone assumes that there will be a significant drop off for the Red Raiders due to a big graduating class, but there is still potential to be a solid team in D2 and in the OCL. This may not be a another season with Barnstable holding the top spot in the poll, but it shouldn’t be written off either.

Stoughton
The Knights are expected to finish behind Oliver Ames in the Davenport, but don’t be surprised if they pull an upset or two and give the Tigers a run at the title. Watch out for running back Malachi Baugh, who will be getting the majority of the carries this season and is a beast to try and bring down.

THREE BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETES TO WATCH

Luke Morrison, Sr. TE/DE, Attleboro
Attleboro’s giant tight end/defensive end is a monster match-up on both sides of the ball and could be a real threat as Tim Walsh’s favorite target in the Bombardiers passing attack.

Ryan Charter, Sr. QB, Needham
Mike Panepinto has deservedly drawn praise as the star man on the Needham offense, but the senior quarterback, who has been under center for 1-1/2 seasons already, will have high expectations as the Rockets try to get back on top in the Bay State.

Kyle Wisnieski, Sr. QB, Mansfield
With the graduation of running backs Robbie Rapoza and Kevin Makie and the continued injury problems for wide receiver Michael Hershman the key cog for the Hornets offense will be its senior quarterback. Wisnieski’s ability to spread the ball around and pick the right options out of a still talented receiving corps that includes Brendan Hill is going to be the key for Mansfield’s run at a Hockomock title.

WAY TOO EARLY STATE CHAMPION PICKS:

Div. 1 – St. John’s Prep
Div. 2 - Nashoba
Div. 3 – Bishop Feehan
Div. 4 - Doherty
Div. 5 - Auburn
Div. 6 – Millis-Hopedale

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Ryan Kilian
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Massachusetts Prep Stars


Best QB - Drew Belcher, Reading
Best RB - Johnathan Thomas, St. John's Prep
Best WR - Brian Dunlap, Natick
Best TE - Rory Donovan, Cardinal Spellman
Best OL - Jon Baker, Millis/Hopedale
Best DL - Alex Quintero, Lowell
Best LB - C.J. Parvelus, Defense
Best DB - Lubern Figaro, Everett
Best passing offense - St. John's (Shrewsbury)
Best rushing offense - St. John's Prep
Best offensive line - St. John's Prep
Best defensive line - Reading
Best linebackers - Duxbury
Best secondary - Everett

THREE TEAMS THAT WILL SURPRISE

Bedford
While Wayland and Concord-Casrlisle have earned the DCL Small Championship the past few years do not sleep on Bedford in 2013. The Bucs play one of the toughest schedules in Division 4 and the return All-DCL running back Olan Abner.

Chelmsford
While Lowell, Central and Andover are getting most of the early press in the MVC Large, the Chelmsford Lions return one of the State's top running backs in Jeff D'Auria, a seasoned young quarterback in Jack Campsmith and a nice nucleus of tough experienced defenders.

Archbishop Williams
If Archies can find early offensive balance to take some of the work load off the shoulders of star senior back Kylan Philbert-Richardson, they could make some noise in the D5 playoff hunt.

THREE BREAKOUT ATHLETES TO WATCH

Ian Kessel, Soph. RB, Haverhill
The St. John's Prep transfer saw late game carries last season as a freshman for Prep's Super Bowl Champion squad. The speedy halfback is now back home in the MVC Small, and with the graduation of work horse, All-State RB Chance Brady (Tufts), there should be plenty carries to go around.

Devin Lekan, Sr. DE/TE, Chelmsford
D'Auria and Campsmith return to lead the offense for Chelmsford's but it is the Lion defense could be the story if they stay healthy. The Lions feature the 2nd team all-MVC performer was the most impressive player in the games I saw last season.

Nick Orekoya, Jr. DB/RB Billerica
Orekoya saw a lot of playing time as a two-way starter for Billerica last season. With another year under his belt Orekoya should thrive in coach Rich McKenna's high octane offense.

WAY TOO EARLY STATE CHAMPION PICKS

Div. 1 - Everett
Div. 2 - Reading
Div. 3 - Tewksbury
Div. 4 - Dennis-Yarmouth
Div. 5 - Auburn
Div. 6 - Boston Cathedral

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John Botelho
Editor-in-Chief, South Shore Sports Journal


Best QB - Troy Flutie, Natick
Best RB - Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South
Best WR - Brian Dunlap, Natick
Best TE - Rory Donovan, Cardinal Spellman
Best OL - Jon Baker, Millis/Hopedale
Best DL - Steve Manning, Abington
Best LB - Kervin Jean-Claude, Brockton
Best DB - Lubern Figaro, Everett
Best passing offense - Natick
Best rushing offense - St. John's Prep
Best offensive line - St. John's Prep
Best defensive line - Auburn
Best linebackers - Brockton
Best secondary - Everett

THREE TEAMS THAT WILL SURPRISE

Brockton
They're ranked pretty high in any poll you look at because people have just come to accept the fact that Brockton generally reloads. They graduated 18 starters from last season's Super Bowl team, including quarterback Austin Roberts, who was one of the best in school history. Roberts, Micah Morel and Joe Previte are all playing ball at prep schools this year, and Anthony Davis has moved on to Div. 1 Central Connecticut. Still, the Boxers will very solid again. They have a number of athletes and playmakers, including returning do-it-all Aaron Leclair. Transfer Jamal Williams is going to compliment him well, and sophomore Kerry Raymond is physically imposing at 6-foot-1 and 205. Aaron Monteiro's 6-foot-5, 295-pound frame gives Brockton an anchor on the offensive line. They have plenty of guys ready to step forward on the other side of the ball as well, led by Kervin Jean-Claude, Justin Ahanon and Leclair.

Abington
The Green Wave went unbeaten in their march toward a Super Bowl crown last year, but saw a slew of stars graduate. QB Brandon Cawley, TE/DE Pat Dwyer, FB Jack Malafronte, RB Babila Fonkem, DB Mike Walsh, OL Tyler Perakslis and OL Matt Diver are just some of the elite players Abington graduated. These guys won't miss a beat though, as they have a ton of talent back. Matt Kilmain broke out for more than 400 yards on 27 carries in two postseason wins last year, and he might not even be the best player back this season. Abington returns its top three tacklers from a year ago and has most of their front seven back on defense. Jim Kelliher has one of the best coaching staffs going at this point, and these guys look like they're headed back to the playoffs. (For bold prediction purposes, I'm also going to go ahead and say I think they beat Duxbury on opening night, because that's how good I think this team can be).

Stoughton
The Black Knights missed the playoffs last year because of the wrong day for a let down game, taking a tough defeat to eventual Super Bowl champ Sharon. The Knights lost some very good players, but leading running back Malachi Baugh is back in the fold and they return four starting offensive lineman, so there's no reason to think the offense won't be up to par again. The Hockomock League has proven in recent years to be one of the toughest to win, but a second guaranteed playoff berth can only help a team like Stoughton.

THREE BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETES TO WATCH

Aaron Monteiro, Jr. OL, Brockton
Monteiro has something that can't be learned, or even worked toward. His 6-foot-5, 295-pound frame is one that will draw the interest of coaches at the next level. Coach Peter Colombo is very excited about plugging the junior into his offensive line, and it's not just because of the size. Monteiro worked during the off-season to get himself stronger and is primed to be one of the best lineman in the state. He plays basketball in the winter, something that has helped him develop quick and agile feet for a guy his size.

Sam Malafronte, Jr. LB, Abington
Started at linebacker a year ago as a sophomore for the Div. 4 Super Bowl champs, and finished second on the team in tackles. A very good athlete who is a work-out warrior, Malafronte will team with Matt Whelan to lead a solid corps in the middle of the field for the Green Wave.

James Shea, Sr. WR, East Bridgewater
The Vikings have benefited from having tremendous athletes in the backfield the last few years (think Casey DeAndrade, Tim O'Brien, Andrew Benson and Kevin Lynch), but in 2013 their most dangerous player will be splitting out wide. Shea can run with just about anyone -- he finished sixth in the 100-meter dash in the South Shore League last spring -- and is going to wreak havoc pulling in passes all year.

WAY TOO EARLY STATE CHAMPION PICKS

Div. 1 - Everett
Div. 2 - Natick
Div. 3 - Plymouth South
Div. 4 - Doherty
Div. 5 - Abington
Div. 6 - Millis/Hopedale

Recap: No. 9 Duxbury 20, No. 8 B-R 7

September, 8, 2012
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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.

[+] EnlargeRob Kosharek
Scott Barboza/ESPNBoston.comDuxbury tackle Rob Kosharek anchors a physical, veteran offensive line that helped Jon Hurvitz run for 208 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.
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.”

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