SCITUATE, Mass. – With No. 11 Dennis-Yarmouth coming into town, Scituate coach Herb Devine knew that he had a chance to put his team on the map. And he took that opportunity literally.
During the week, he had over 500 shirts printed with “Scituate Football” scrawled across the top; a map of Massachusetts in the middle with a small star placed over the town of Scituate and handed them out to the student section in attendance Friday night.
When the final seconds ticked off the clock, and the Sailors posting an eye-opening 56-20 victory over the Dolphins, the Scituate football program had successfully put itself on the map.
“We talked about it all week, I said they this was a ‘map game’ and the kids had no idea what I was talking about,” said Devine. “I said look, you win a game like this, it will put you on the map, but now they have to work harder because every team now wants to knock you off.”
Not only did Sailors put themselves on the map, but quarterback Christian Brady became a household name in Scituate with a career night. Brady exposed the Dolphins defense for 190 yards and four scores on the ground on 11 carries, and another 64 yards through the air and two more touchdowns.
“Brady is a special player, he’s an unheralded player and his name is starting to get out there,” Devine said. “He is one of the better players I’ve ever seen dynamically as a quarterback who can run and throw and make decisions. We put the ball in his hands as much as we can.
Brady dealt the Dolphins blow-after-blow in the opening quarter and the early blows amounted to the knockout punch early in the second quarter.
Brady called his own number from eight yards out to cap the Sailors first offensive drive, and a quarterback sneak on the subsequent drive gave Scituate a 14-0 lead less than eight minutes into the game.
With the Dolphins already on their heels, the situation quickly degraded as the ensuing kickoff was muffed at the Dolphins 11-yard line and recovered by the Sailors. Two plays later Brady made them pay, registering his third score of the game when he hooked up with Fran Donovan for an eight-yard score and a 21-0 lead.
Shutdown defense: Scituate began the game with an intensity that the Dolphins just couldn’t match. In the first quarter, the Scituate defense held the potent D-Y offense to just nine plays, negative one yard, three punts and no first downs.
“It gave us all the momentum we needed, three three-and-outs in a row, after that, all we had to do was get the ball into the end zone and it helped us tremendously,” Brady said of his defense.
With the Dolphins moving to the air in the second half trailing by three scores, the Sailor defense beautifully adapted the Bill Belichick “bend-don’t break” defense.
D-Y only had two second-half possessions, but killed off nearly 10 minutes of clock on their own and had no points to show after both their drives stalled out deep in Scituate territory.
Brady runs wild: The first D-Y first down didn’t come until eight minutes to go in the second quarter and the Dolphins were staring uphill at a 28-0 deficit.
Midway through the second quarter, the Dolphins broke onto the scoreboard when Ian Crosby hit Andrew Jamiel for a 13-yard score, but the defense had no answer for Brady.
On the first play from scrimmage following the Dolphins score, Brady fumbled the snap, but scooped the ball and went untouched for 65-yards to restore the 28 point lead.
The Dolphins orchestrated another scoring drive, marching 57-yards on four plays with senior Michael Dunn busting a rush outside the tackles for a 13-yard score but Brady again put any hope of a comeback on hold.
On Scituate’s second play from scrimmage after the D-Y score, Brady broke through the line with a full head of steam, rushing 56 yards to paydirt and giving Scituate a 42-14 lead.
“We respected them greatly, they are a great team we just knew we had to come out and prove ourselves,” Brady said. “We came out in the first half and shocked them and they didn’t know how to respond.”
Opening the holes: The front five of the Scituate line opened lanes large enough for a tracker-trailer all game long. Brady averaged over 17 yards-per-carry while Chris Bearce and Colin May each rushed over 85 yards.
Chris Sharry, Brian Cochran, Noah Bucher, Jake O’Donoghue and Mark Gentile deserve a fair share of the credit for the win with the way they manhandled the Dolphins defensive line.
“In the trenches we thought we could be a physical team I think people underestimate how physical we are up front,” Devine said. “We were creating holes even in the second half when we went to more of a double wing. They did a great job of being physical.
Brady was just as quick to credit the big men up front for the win, “The offensive line, you have to give them credit, they took control up front and everything worked to a charm.
“They are hard workers, last week against Cohasset it was chippy and didnt work as well but this week they really stepped it up, like wow, our offensive line is looking good and it makes my job a lot easier.”
Problematic Dolphins: D-Y couldn’t catch a break. Three times they’re kickoff return unit couldn’t jump on the short kickoffs, giving possession right back to the Sailors.
“We didn’t do anything well in any phases of the game,” said D-Y coach Paul Funk. “I give them credit they were good and we just did not play well.
The injury bug continues to linger for the Dolphins, with Michael Dunn limping off the field in the second quarter and not returning to action.
The Dolphins are already without L.K. Metz, who has been sidelined with a wrist injury, D-Y is seeing their injuries mount with Marshfield on the horizon next week.
Scituate 56, Dennis-Yarmouth 20
D-Y 0 20 0 0 -- 20
S 21 21 0 14 -- 56
S-Christian Brady 8 rush (Fran Donovan kick), 5:53.
S-Brady 1 rush (Donovan kick), 3:12.
S-Donovan 8 pass from Brady (Donovan kick), 1:49.
S-Colin May 37 pass from Brady (Donovan kick), 9:05.
DY-Andrew Jamiel 13 pas from Ian Crosby (Crosby run), 5:45.
S-Brady 65 rush (Donovan kick), 5:10.
DY-Michael Dunn 14 rush (pass fail), 3:23.
S-Brady 56 rush (Donovan kick), 2:27.
DY-Jamiel 12 pass from Crosby (pass fail), 0:00.
S-May 19 rush (Donovan kick), 10:50.
S-May 42 rush (Donovan kick), 10:40.