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
D-Y – Dylan Hodsdon 8-yard pass from Matt Montalto (John Terrio kick)
D-Y – Hodsdon 20-yard pass from Montalto (kick failed)
D-Y – Damion Johnson 19-yard pass from Montalto (Johnson pass from Montalto)
D-Y – Montalto 1-yard run (conversion failed)
D-Y – Montalto 3-yard run (Hodgson run)