Boston High School: John Terrio

Recap: Dennis-Yarmouth 35, Wakefield 0

December, 3, 2011

LYNN, Mass. -- A decade ago, Dennis-Yarmouth's football program was on a path to extinction, this afternoon the Dolphins toppled Wakefield 35-0 to win their first State Championship.

A lot can change in 10 years under head choach Paul Funk.

“It’s all hard work and I tell the kids, ‘Good things happen to people that work hard,’” Funk said.

The Division 2A champs came out in their spread offense firing and never stopped, compiling 486 total yards.

Senior captain Matt Montalto rarely missed through the air completing 11 of 13 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns. He added 48 yards on thirteen rushes and two TDs on the ground.

The goal was to win the game, but to come out and put up a performance like that. I didn’t do it myself, I owe a lot of credit to my teammates too,” Montalto said. “It was definitely something I dreamed of and dreams come true I guess.”

Senior wide receiver Damion Johnson caught six of those passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. He added two interceptions on defense playing safety.

“He’s been good all year and today was exceptional. He’s a gamer and any big game, he steps up,” said Funk about Johnson.

Senior running back Dylan Hodsdon also had a big day for the Dolphins carrying the ball five times for 85 yards and catching three passes for 28 yards and two touchdowns. Hodgson also intercepted Wakefield quarterback Jamie Bourque.

The Dolphins started their scoring barrage with a 9-play drive culminating in an 8-yard touchdown pass from Montalto to Hodgson. D-Y made a risky decision in going for it on fourth and one on just their fifth play of the game.

“It’s a mentality that we have and it’s not the first time we’ve done that. We’re going to attack and that’s what we’ve been doing all year… we don’t sit back and we wanted to establish that right away,” said Funk, a Wakefield alumnus.

That’s been our mentality all year. We think our offense can get any kind of yardage we need,” said Montalto.

The Warriors had no problem driving on the Dolphins, but had some bad luck inside the red zone. Wakefield found three drives end inside Dennis-Yarmouth's ten yard line.

“I don’t want to take anything away from them, they’re a great football team clearly. We didn’t have to play a perfect game, but we had to play something close to it,” Warriors head coach Michael Boyages said.

The Warriors first drive ended on a turnover on downs to start the second quarter. The Dolphins took over at the goal line and drove 99 yards on nine plays. The Dolphins second touchdown of the game came on another risky decision, choosing to go for it on fourth and 15. Montalto threw to Hodgson again for the 20-yard score.

After a Warriors punt and Montalto touchdown throw to Johnson, the Warriors turned the ball over again in the red zone, this time on an interception by Johnson in the end zone.

After a Dolphins punt, the Warriors drive ending the first half resulted in another interception by Johnson.

The start of the second half was more of the same for Wakefield, turning the ball over on downs again after a successful 42 yard drive to the Dolphins’ ten yard line.

The Dolphins ended the game with two more touchdowns, both on short runs up the middle from Montalto.

While the Warriors turned the ball over four times, D-Y got lucky, fumbling the ball twice, but recovering both.

“Five touchdowns is great, the only thing I was worried about was the outcome of the game,” said Montalto.

Dennis-Yarmouth – 7-14-6-8--35
Boston Cathedral – 0-0-0-0—0

First Quarter
D-Y – Dylan Hodsdon 8-yard pass from Matt Montalto (John Terrio kick)

Second Quarter
D-Y – Hodsdon 20-yard pass from Montalto (kick failed)
D-Y – Damion Johnson 19-yard pass from Montalto (Johnson pass from Montalto)

Third Quarter
D-Y – Montalto 1-yard run (conversion failed)

Fourth Quarter
D-Y – Montalto 3-yard run (Hodgson run)

Recap: No. 6 D-Y 14, Marshfield 0

October, 15, 2011

MARSHFIELD, Mass. -- Tommy Kennedy had tasted an elusive victory over longtime Atlantic coast power Marshfield once before, as a member of Dennis-Yarmouth's freshman team. But tonight's victory, amidst the mud on a soggy night at James Anderson Field, is in its own classification.

"Freaking nothing like this, never ever," the senior two-way lineman beamed, moments after his Dolphins shut out the Rams 14-0 to control their destiny in the Atlantic Coast League. "First time doing it on the varsity field, nothing better, nothing better."

It's the first time the Dolphins (6-0, 3-0) notched a victory over Marshfield since head coach Paul Funk took over in 2001. And considering the Dolphins had won a total of six games in the 1990's before the former Everett assistant took over, we'll just assume it's been quite a while altogether.

"It's a big win," Funk said. "These kids sold out, they gave it everything they had, I give them all kinds of credit in the world. They're a great group, they've practiced hard all week, and they took it to them. They won that game for us. I said it to these guys up front, offensive and defensive lines, they played great."

Indeed, on a night sprinkled with on-again, off-again rain showers, muddying the long grass, the undersized D-Y linemen controlled the line of scrimmage, paving the way to 163 first-half rushing yards (230 overall) and another night with over 200 yards of offense from gritty quarterback Matt Montalto (22 carries, 148 yards, TD; 6 of 13 passing, 82 yards).

On each of their first two drives of the games, the Dolphins marched all the way down the field on long drives to make it 14-0. They went 80 yards in 15 plays and six minutes on their first one, punching it in from four yards out on a dive from fullback Joe Furness. The second time down, thanks to some generous field position, Montalto capped a 12-play, 55-yard drive with a one-yard sneak for the 14-0 score with 4:33 to go in the half.

"Best running back we have," Kennedy laughed of the 5-foot-10 Montalto, whom he opened holes up the middle for tonight. "I'm glad I don't have to tackle him. He's slippery, he's fast, he'll run through you, he'll juke you out, he'll stiffarm you, he'll do anything."

Meanwhile, the Rams (3-3, 1-1) were held to 39 yards of offense in the first half, and were unable to punch in any of their scoring opportunities. Twice, the Rams turned the ball over on downs inside the D-Y red zone. A third time, on the Rams' opening drive of the second half, quarterback Mark Pomella was picked off by free safety Damion Johnson on a fade down the right sideline. Playing a deep Cover-2, Johnson read Pomella's eyes and broke towards the near pylon, plucking the ball out of the air and charging upfield 20 yards before getting pushed out.

Keying Johnson: Based on the defensive sets the Rams rolled out, it appears head coach Lou Silva was erring on the side of caution when it came to respecting the Dolphins' vaunted pass game. D-Y utilizes three and four-receiver sets to set up underneath and crossing routes, as well as quick screens to the flats; but they are at their most dangerous when getting the 6-foot-2 Johnson -- considered one of the state's elite jump-ball receivers -- loose in space.

With the Rams taking a linebacker or two out of the box, that opened up the middle of the field for dives and isolation plays. With the linebackers playing gaps and the linemen conversing playing their lanes, that opened up the running game in between the hashes, evidenced by the 230 yards rushing.

Montalto didn't go as vertical in the passing game as he's done in past games. But when he did, he targeted Johnson four times for passes of 10, 12, 20 and 17 yards. The first three were seven-yard skinny posts, hitting him square in the chest. The fourth turned out to be one of the game's most crucial play, a 12-yard out route to the right sideline on third and four that gave the Dolphins a fresh set of downs with less than five minutes to play.

"We just wanted to see if we were getting single coverage with him, that's all," Funk said of the strategy.

Little guys get it done: Few personify D-Y's modus operandi on defense as well as Kennedy. He's generously listed at 5-foot-10 and 215 pounds, and sports a thick mohawk, but admits he's more like 5-6, 205, pointing to his stomach and cracking, "I've got some meat."

Like many members of the Dolphins' front seven, Kennedy doesn't intimidate with his physical appearance. But he is quick, and was as key a contributor as any in shooting the inside gaps and preventing the Rams from breaking off long runs up the middle (they never pulled off a run from scrimmage of more than 12 yards).

Deploying a 50 Slant Angle defensive front -- favored against Wing-T schemes like Marshfield's, for its ability to load the box without bailing on pass coverage -- made guys like Kennedy and equally-diminutive defensive end Matt Quatrucci (5-foot-8, 160 pounds) look like playmakers. They'll likely get passing marks for the way they helped bottle up a sound rushing attack led by Mike Williams, Ryan Talanian and quarterback Mark Pomella.

"They're tough, hard-nosed kids," Funk said. "That old saying, it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. They got it, they got it. They're tough."

Said Kennedy: "I'm powerful, man. I can push them around. But usually [for me], that's what it's about, shooting the gaps. I've got one gap, the linebacker's looking at the other, and the rest is history."

Staying on the field: Perhaps the best example of how efficient the Dolphins were in the run game tonight was by how well they did at keeping the chains moving. The Dolphins converted 7 of 11 third downs on the night, including five of their first six.

D-Y (6-0, 3-0) 7 7 0 0 --- 14
MSH (3-3, 1-1) 0 0 0 0 --- 0

First Quarter
Joe Furness 4 run (John Terrio kick) 3:12

Second Quarter
Matt Montalto 1 run (Terrio kick) 4:42

Haffey seals Div. 2A SB berth for Duxbury

December, 1, 2010
WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- The Duxbury Green Dragons punched their ticket to the Division 2A Super Bowl with a 19-7 win over Dennis-Yarmouth, capped when their their senior quarterback and captain, Kane Haffey rushed across the Dennis-Yarmouth goal line in the fourth quarter.

“This win means everything. It means we get to stay together for four more days, we get to stay with our friends, stay with our family, we get to play one more game for a championship,” said Duxbury junior running back Henry Buonagurio.

“We set three goals at the beginning of the season, win the first game, win our league and win at Gillette (Stadium), so we have won more goal to meet,” said Duxbury head coach David Maimaron after his teams win on Tuesday.

After the opening kickoff, both teams appeared nervous in front of a rather large crowd, and struggled to advance the ball downfield. Duxbury (12-0) finally scored late in the first quarter when Haffey connected with junior running back Andrew Buron on a 40-yard fade, to take a 6-0 lead (the point-after kick failed).

They would score again in the second quarter when junior running back Henry Buonaguiro capped off a nine play drive with a one-yard touchdown dash. But on the two-point conversion, Haffey was sacked for the first time in the game.

“(Buonagurio) is a workhorse, he did a great job, he had a hell of a game,” said Maimaron.

Following the score, the Dolphins (10-2) marched their way down the field and entered the Dragons territory for their first time of the game, but were left scoreless at the end of the half when junior quarterback Matt Montalto was stopped by Max Randall on the Duxbury three yard line.

Beginning in the second half, the Dolphins drove the length of the field and produced their only score of the game, as junior running back Joe Furness scored on a six yard run to end a 13-play drive. They then ramped up the pressure on the Dragons offense, recovering a Buonagurio fumble in the third quarter, as well as forcing a drive of eight plays to end with a punt.

“I love to know that the team trusts me, coach trusts me. I made a couple of mistakes, but the team was there for me,” said Buonagurio.

With time running out, the Dolphins reverted to their first half habits and watched Montalto struggle to connect with any of his receivers or halfbacks, as well as lose yards too. The Dragons manhandled the Dolphins offensive line by recording two sacks and an interception on their final two drives to end the game.

Once the final whistle blew, Buonagurio had nothing but positive things to say when asked about his opponent.

“They were a great team, very classy. They were not dirty players; they have a ton of class. Good coaches, good players, good team,” said Buonagurio.

Now with only one win remaining, Maimaron can only hope that their third goal can be reached once they take the field on Saturday against Concord-Carlisle.

“It is pretty good when you can set goals like that at the beginning of the season. We knew we had a talented team, didn’t think we were going to be 12-0 right now, but we are and hopefully we get one more,” said Maimaron.


D-Y 0 0 7 0 --- 7
DUX 6 6 0 7 --- 19

First Quarter:
Dux - Andrew Buron 40 pass from Kane Haffey (kick failed)

Second Quarter:
Dux – Henry Buonaguiro 1 run (pass failed)

Third Quarter:
DY – Joe Furness 6 run (John Terrio kick)

Fourth Quarter:
Dux – Haffey 1 run (Tucker Hannon kick)

Montalto lifts No. 23 D-Y to ACL share

November, 13, 2010

SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. -- Matt Montalto is a lifelong resident of Yarmouth, but too young to remember the days before Paul Funk took over the Dennis-Yarmouth football program nearly 10 years ago. Funk, a proven assistant at Everett High, came down the Cape in 2001 to inherit a program that won just six games in the 1990's; a program so desolate it had been relegated to playing only junior varsity games.

But after a gutsy second half performance last night, a night that nobody on Station Avenue is soon going to forget, the legacies of both Funk and Montalto have come full circle. Montalto's stats through the air and ground, usually gaudy, took a hit. But so did Plymouth North's vaunted defensive front seven, as the dual-threat junior quarterback slashed the Eagles for a touchdown through the air and ground in the final 22 minutes to orchestrate a 14-7 comeback victory and clinch the Dolphins a share of their second Atlantic Coast League title in four seasons.

"He is as good a competitor, as a winner, as you'll ever find," Funk said of Montalto (181 all-purpose yards). "He's been a winner since he was seven. You always have a chance with him at the helm. His older brother was the same way, (Matt's) just an unbelievable person. I knew at halftime he was going to pick up, because he was banged up and bruised -- they're as physical team as you'll find -- but he just picked us up at halftime and said he was going to get it done. He put us on his shoulders."

Said junior wideout/defensive back Dylan Hodsdon, who caught Montalto's game-winning touchdown pass and then sealed it late with a pick, "Oh Matt, he's a warrior, man. He's awesome. He's the leader on the team, and he's just awesome. Gets banged up, and he keeps on going. Just awesome."

Unlike that 2007 season, though, when they went 10-1 but missed out on a Division 1A playoff berth by virtue of a head-to-head loss to Marshfield, this year's Dolphins (9-1) can claim the ACL's Division 2A playoff berth should North beat archrival Plymouth South (its final ACL opponent) on Thanksgiving. That would create a three-way tie between North, D-Y and Marshfield, the latter of whom beat D-Y earlier in the season but lost to North (both D-Y and Marshfield are finished with their ACL schedules). League tiebreaker rules give the playoff berth to the team that has gone the longest without a postseason appearance, which means the Dolphins -- who have never played past Thanksgiving in the Super Bowl era -- would move on.

"This is the biggest night since the 2007 season," said Montalto, whose brother Nick -- now his quarterbacks coach -- was under center on that '07 team. "It's the biggest game of the 2007 season, it's just as big for the school as it is for the community...It's the biggest thing I've ever been a part of. That's how much it means to me."

Early on, the Eagles (7-3) took control of the field and the clock with their trademark power sets and clock-eating drives on the ground. Behind bruising north-south running between the tackles by senior Matt Walsh (18 carries, 104 yards), the Eagles clawed all the way to the Dolphins' four before being stopped at the goal line on fourth down. Walsh took a toss right, and looked to have clearance, but a Hodsdon dive at his legs tripped him up at the two.

North quarterback Cody Merritt, playing over the top at free safety, avenged the turnover on downs on the ensuing drive when he jumped a slant route and picked off a Montalto dart over the middle, breaking for the right sideline and marching in for a 30-yard pick six. But that initial turnover on downs, however, may have come back to haunt them.

A Tommy Kennedy sack of Merritt on fourth down ended North's first drive of the second half, and gave the Dolphins a starting drive at midfield. On the second play of the drive, Montalto went to the right flat and found Hodsdon, who easily ripped through an armtackle and burst up the sideline before being pushed out some 28 yards later. Four plays later, Montalto finished the drive, flushing out of the pocket to his right and skimping over the near pylon for a 16-yard scamper.

The Eagles went three-and-out on the ensuing drive, and Montalto burst loose around the outside again on the first play for 39 yards. Five plays later, he connected with his favorite target Hodsdon again, a slant over the shallow end zone from the left slot for an 11-yard touchdown reception and a 14-7 lead with 8:31 to go.

All three of North's drives over the final eight minutes came up fruitless, with the secondary picking off Merritt each time. The most crucial one came with 55 seconds left int he game, on second and 15, as Merritt rolled to his left with time and let a sideline fade rip. Hodsdon came over the top and pounced on the ball, underthrown with plenty of air under it, for the second of three fourth-quarter interceptions by the D-Y secondary.

"We knew we had to keep our heads up," Hodsdon said. "That's all we had to do is keep our heads up, and we kept to our assignments."

North head coach Dwayne Follette confessed fatigue may have played a factor in the Eagles' second-half defensive breakdowns.

"We've got alot of kids that play both ways," Follette said. "I think we got tired. We missed alot of tackles, and I think their speed just...we just should have finished that first drive. I thought that not finishing on that first drive really hurt us, because we could have had a nice lead, you know. We just made mistakes at the wrong time."


PN 0 7 0 0 --- 7
DY 0 0 7 7 --- 14

Second Quarter
P - Cody Merritt 30 interception return (Vinny Tavernelli kick) 3:01

Third Quarter
D - Matt Montalto 16 run (John Terrio kick) 2:42

Fourth Quarter
D - Dylan Hodsdon 11 pass from Montalto (Terrio kick) 8:31

Montalto, secondary stifle No. 13 Barnstable

September, 18, 2010
YARMOUTH, Mass. -- Matt Montalto sat back in coverage, jumped a route over the middle and put the cap on the most impressive first half of his young high school career with an interception that he returned for a few dozen yards with some of his trademark shake and bake.

The Dennis-Yarmouth quarterback/defensive back then took a late Barnstable hit out of bounds and, in Bledsoe-like fashion, popped right back up, let out a howl and sprinted off the field to the locker room.

"I was hyped up at that point," Montalto laughed. "I was hyped up before the game, I was hyped up all throughout. It felt really good."

The junior signal-caller had just put on a clinic in the through two quarters against his heavily-hyped visitors from two exits down Route 6, accumulating nearly 200 yards of offense and accounting for all four of the Dolphins' touchdowns for a 28-8 lead at the break. This annual rivalry, just as it has in previous years, inevitably turned into a shootout; and in the final minute of action, the Dolphins' secondary picked off Red Raiders quarterback for the fifth time, closing the door on a 41-38 win.

"Our quarterback is a very, very accurate passer," D-Y head coach Paul Funk said. "He might not have the strongest arm in the world, but he is accurate, and if you give him an inch, he's going to put it there."

Said Barnstable head coach Doug Crook, "Montalto gives you headaches with his quickness. He comes up on the run, our defense is young and the kids kids drop off their's an experience."

That was much the case in the first half. On the Dolphins' first drive, Montalto (213 total yards, 4 TD) found a wide-open Rufus Hamilton on 3rd and 10 for an easy 24-yard gain on the left sideline, then scrambled a few plays later for a nine yard rollout to keep the chains moving. Facing fourth and 10 at the Raiders' 15, Montalto put the finishing touches with a soft toss to Dylan Hodsdon wide open in the left slot for the game's first score.

This pattern of third-down bail-outs and wide-open strikes continued, with Montalto running in two (from 35 and five yards out) and firing one to Justin Clark in the near left corner, and the Dolphins took a 20-point halftime lead.

Barnstable's D.J. Crook (19 of 36 passing, 239 yards, 4 TD, 6 interceptions; nine carries, 87 yards) rallied the Raiders back to within striking distance and put the ball in seven different hands on the night, but overall the Dolphins' secondary seemed to throw him for loops. Over the top, D-Y was airtight, making the Raiders pay for balls over or under-thrown.

Junior fullback Joe Furness (15 carries, 108 yards) made it 41-22 with 1:58 left in the third quarter on a 74-yard break up the left sideline. But still, the Raiders had a chance to win this one late. Mike Holmes hauled in a 15-yard strike from Crook with 44 seconds to go, and Jordan Henderson came up with the point-after conversion pass in the back of the end zone to cut the lead to 41-38.

D-Y recovered the ensuing onside kick, only to have a Barnstable player recover the fumble on an attempted kneel. But on Barnstable's first play of the potential game-winning drive, Damion Johnson picked off Crook deep over the middle.

Dennis-Yarmouth 41, Barnstable 38

BHS 0 8 14 16 --- 38
D-Y 14 14 13 0 --- 41

First quarter
D - Dylan Hodsdon 15 pass from Matt Montalto (John Terrio kick)
D - Montalto 35 run (Terrio kick)
Second quarter
B - Dennis Reddy 3 run (Reddy run)
D - Justin Clark 11 pass from Montalto (Terrio kick)
D - Montalto 5 run (Terrio kick)
Third quarter
B - Andrew Ellis 5 pass from D.J. Crook (pass failed)
D - Damion Johnson 70 interception return (Terrio kick)
B - Mike Holmes 16 pass from Crook (Reddy pass from Crook)
D - Joe Furness 74 run (pass failed)
Fourth quarter
B - Henderson 8 pass from Crook (Matt Delaney pass from Crook)
B - Holmes 15 pass from Crook (Henderson pass from Crook)