WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- The 2010 edition of the annual Thanksgiving game between No. 12 Weymouth and No. 14 Walpole had been dubbed a battle of power versus speed, physicality versus agility. The Bay State Carey-champion Wildcats have plowed through opponents with a powerful running game behind a bruising offensive line while the Rebels, champions of the Bay State Herget, have been known to spread the field to create space for their smaller, quicker playmakers.
The Wildcat defense stifled Walpole’s spread offense, however, and Weymouth (11-0, 11-0) was able to ride senior all-league running back Dylan Colarusso to a 21-6 victory over the Rebels (10-1, 10-1) on its home turf. Colarusso carried the load for the Wildcats, carrying 38 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, with 25 of those carries coming in the second half.
“The kids set the tone, they’ve done it all year,” Weymouth head coach Kevin Mackin said, “When we’re on defense they force the other team to make mistakes and when [we] get the ball they know how to make it work.”
The Wildcats forced a few costly Rebel mistakes in the first half, and capitalized on them to jump out to an early lead. After a Ralph Toye fumble recovery ended Walpole’s first drive, the Wildcats struck quickly as senior quarterback Mitch Temple hit junior Khary Baily-Smith for a 28-yard score on Weymouth’s first offensive play.
The early cushion allowed the Wildcats to settle into a pattern of inside runs by Colarusso to draw in the defense interspersed with Temple passes to receivers Bailey-Smith and senior Austin “Ozzy” Colarusso, who both saw man-to-man coverage for much of the game. Temple finished the day 9 of 15 passing for 121 yards and one touchdown.
While the Weymouth offense ate up the clock, their defense continued to contain Walpole quarterback Troy Salvatore and running back Kenny Woods.
Woods, who replaced All-State running back Ryan Izzo as the feature back this season, managed only eight yards on three carries.
In the second quarter, Salvatore took a quarterback keeper 21 yards up the middle to the Weymouth 45-yard line, but was picked off by senior linebacker Rob Barrus to set up a 60-yard Wildcat scoring drive, culminating in a four-yard Dylan Colarusso touchdown run to give Weymouth a 14-0 lead.
Much credit for Weymouth’s successful ground game goes to Barrus (who plays fullback on offense) and an offensive line made up of seniors Patrick Murphy, Anthony Guaracino, Aaron Foley, Joe DiCesare, and Jay Serafini, to which the undersized Rebel front four had no answer for.
“The offensive line and my fullback, Rob Barrus, were working just hard as I am,” Colarusso said, “When they’re moving the defense back it’s an easy four yards every time.”
The final Weymouth touchdown came on a 15-play, 81-yard drive to start the second half that took over eight minutes off the clock. Colarusso carried the ball on every play of the drive, including a final one-yard plunge into the end zone to stretch the lead to 21-0.
The Rebels did get on the board on a 12-yard fade route from Salvatore to senior captain David Conroy with just over six minutes remaining in the game, but Weymouth recovered the ensuing onside kick and was able to run out the clock.
Both teams will be competing in the MIAA playoffs this Tuesday, as both had already clinched their respective league titles coming into this week. Walpole will play at Mansfield while Weymouth will take on Bridgewater-Raynham in Bridgewater.
WEYMOUTH 21, WALPOLE 6
WEY7770 -- 21
WAL0006 -- 6
WEY – Khary Bailey-Smith 28-yard pass from Mitch Temple (Austin Colarusso kick)
WEY – Dylan Colarusso 4-yard run (A. Colarusso kick)
WEY – D. Colarusso 1-yard run (A. Colarusso kick_
WAL – David Conroy 12-yard pass from Troy Salvatore (kick failed)