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Recap: Duxbury 35, Tewksbury 0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There was no drama in Saturday's Eastern Massachusetts Division 2 Super Bowl.

Duxbury entered the contest as a heavy favorite against Tewksbury, and seized control early. The Dragons built a 28-point first-half lead and posted a comfortable 35-0 victory.

Duxbury received three touchdown passes from quarterback Matt O'Keefe and two touchdown runs from Jon Hurvitz. O'Keefe, a senior, completed 8 of 18 passes for 135 yards in the victory, and finished the season with 35 touchdown passes.

“I couldn't be more happy right now,” O'Keefe said. “It's just nice to have receivers out there who are incredibly athletic, and our line played awesome. We were firing on all cylinders, so it was just a lot of fun.”

Duxbury completed the season with a 13-0 record and extended the program's winning streak to 26 games.

“We always want to start fast,” Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron said. “We were able to do that today. The defense was able to cause a couple turnovers as well. It was a huge start to the game.”

Duxbury turned each of Tewksbury's three first-half turnovers into touchdowns. After an interception on Tewksbury's opening possession handed Duxbury the ball on Tewksbury's 29-yard line, Hurvitz opened the scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run six plays later.

The Dragons doubled their lead when O'Keefe hooked up with Reilly Naton for a 36-yard touchdown pass, and then fumbles set up Duxbury's two other first-half touchdowns.

Tewksbury quarterback Kevin Saunders fumbled while being sacked and Duxbury recovered on the Tewksbury 24. Hurvitz cashed in on that opportunity when he scored on a 2-yard run.

Duxbury's final TD in the half came on a 7-yard pass from O'Keefe to Don Webber with 39 seconds to play. That scoring drive took three plays and 21 seconds after the Redmen fumbled on their own 9. It was Webber's 11th touchdown catch of the season.

“If there was one team in the Super Bowls that nobody wanted to play it was Duxbury,” Tewksbury coach Brian Aylward said. “They showed why. They're very good. They're tough.”

Duxbury's final touchdown came on a 27-yard pass from O'Keefe to James Burke with 2:58 remaining.

Tewksbury completed its season with a 7-6 record. The Redmen have played in five other Super Bowls: 1981, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 1996.

“We knew we were gonna be up against it,” Aylward said. “These guys have a lot to be proud of. Tonight wasn't our night.”

Doing it with defense: Duxbury's offense, which entered the game averaging 34.7 points per game, may have received most of the media attention this season, but the Dragons have played some stingy defense as well.

Duxbury allowed an average of 6.7 points per game through its first 11 contests, and posted its sixth shutout of the season Saturday. Ten of Duxbury's 13 opponents failed to score more than seven points, and the Dragons allowed 27 points in their last eight games.

“I can't talk enough about our defense,” O'Keefe said. “They are the best defense in the state. We only had to score one touchdown against King Philip [in the semifinals) and we won the game {7-0]. The defense is athletic, they fly to the ball and do their job.”

Duxbury held Tewksbury to 12 yards of offense – 2 yards rushing and 10 yards passing --in the first half. The Redmen failed to convert on each of their four third-down opportunities and committed three turnovers (two fumbles).

The Redmen finished the game with 106 yards of offense and were 1 of 9 on third-down conversions.

Tewksbury running back Chris Bettano began the game with 1,313 yards rushing, but was held to 82 on 19 carries.

“Our defense has been unbelievable all year long,” Maimaron said.

Lucky 13: It was the second Super Bowl victory in as many years for Duxbury, which beat Concord-Carlisle 35-13 in last year's Division 2A Super Bowl.

Duxbury also won the Division 2A Super Bowl in 2005 (28-13 over Bishop Stang) and in 2008 (46-26 over Gloucester). The Dragons also finished 13-0 during their three other Super Bowl seasons.

Duxbury's 26-game winning streak is the longest in the state.

“We're gonna miss this entire senior class,” Maimaron said. “They've won a lot of games and they haven't lost in a long time.”

DUXBURY 35, TEWKSBURY 0

Tewksbury (7-5 ) 0 0 0 0 – 0

Duxbury (13-0) 7 21 0 7 – 35

1st Quarter

Dux – Jon Hurvitz 1 run (Tucker Hannon kick), 4:18.

2nd Quarter

Dux – Reilly Naton 36 pass from Matt O'Keefe (Hannon kick), 7:07.

Dux – Hurvitz 2 run (Hannon kick), 2:53.

Dux – Don Webber 7 pass from O'Keefe (Hannon kick), :39.

4th Quarter

Dux – James Burke 27 pass from O'Keefe (Hannon kick), 2:58.