MILTON, Mass. -- After Upper Cape’s EMass. Div. 5 Super Bowl win, 22-8, over Dorchester at Curry College, it’s starting to feel like where Rams’ coach Mike Hernon goes, a Super Bowl is sure to follow.
He won one as a player with Rockland (2001), then won two more as an assistant coach at South Shore Vo-Tech (2002, 2003). And yesterday, the 27-year old Hernon added a ring as a head coach, in just the second year Upper Cape was a varsity program.
“When you’re a head coach, you have so much invested in the programs and invested in these kids,” said Hernon. “I came in with these kids, building the program together. We took our lumps last year and it was painful. Coming in to this year, it was kind of like ‘what do we do to fix it.’ These kids vowed to make it better and they did.”
Led by a pair of touchdowns and 131 yards on 16 carries by junior running back Jonathan Dumont, the Rams completed the transition from new program to Super Bowl champion, handing Dorchester their first loss of the season.
“They’ve got talent and they should be proud of that,” said Dorchester coach Rich Moran. “Overall we just made too many mistake – we dropped the ball a lot and gave them extra chances. But hey, they beat us what else can I say? It was a great high school football game and congrats to Upper Cape.”
Added Hernon: “We just talked about grinding it out. That’s our gameplan – ball control offense and get timely stops on defense, and I thought we did that today.”
Dorchester pulled out all the stops in this one, including opening the game with a successful onside kick, but just couldn’t overcome the ground attack of Dumont and sophomore Dylan Derby, who combined on 180 yards on the ground.
The teams were knotted at zero when Upper Cape had what looked like a touchdown pass from Edgar Eldredge to Derby wiped off the board because of an ineligible receiver down field.
On the next play – a 4th-and-10 from the 15 – Dumont broke around the right edge, racing past the would-be first down and into the end zone with 1:57 left in the first. A two-point try failed and the Rams led 6-0.
Dumont pushed his rushing total over the century mark about halfway into the second quarter when a 42-yard touchdown run sent his total to 103 yards.
Dorchester got on the board in the final minute when quarterback Demetrius Leary tossed a 32-yard score to Arrik Bell, cutting the lead to 14-8.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Eldredge extended the lead with a four-yard dive up the middle for the score, and followed with a successful pass to Matt Hoadley for the two-point conversion, making the score 22-8.
Rich Semple sparked the defense in the win, intercepting a pair of passes and knocking down a third in the win.
Trevaughn McCoy chipped in 84 yards on 17 carries in the loss.
Even after taking their first loss of the season in their biggest game, the Dorchester players certainly earned the respect of
“These guys, from the beginning there was something different,” said Moran. “They got a long and worked together well. I didn’t expect this, I didn’t expect 10-0 (before the Super Bowl).
I’m so damn proud of the kids, it’s just phenomenal what they did this year. We beat a lot of good teams, but we ran into a power today. We did play good football.”
And for Upper Cape (10-1), this Super Bowl meant a lot more than just adding a ring to Hernon’s collection – it meant they had opened people’s eyes to their program.
“I’m not sure too many people even knew what Upper Cape even was until this year. Hopefully we put Upper Cape on the map a little bit. It’s the first state championship in school history.”