WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- The Duxbury Green Dragons punched their ticket to the Division 2A Super Bowl with a 19-7 win over Dennis-Yarmouth, capped when their their senior quarterback and captain, Kane Haffey rushed across the Dennis-Yarmouth goal line in the fourth quarter.
“This win means everything. It means we get to stay together for four more days, we get to stay with our friends, stay with our family, we get to play one more game for a championship,” said Duxbury junior running back Henry Buonagurio.
“We set three goals at the beginning of the season, win the first game, win our league and win at Gillette (Stadium), so we have won more goal to meet,” said Duxbury head coach David Maimaron after his teams win on Tuesday.
After the opening kickoff, both teams appeared nervous in front of a rather large crowd, and struggled to advance the ball downfield. Duxbury (12-0) finally scored late in the first quarter when Haffey connected with junior running back Andrew Buron on a 40-yard fade, to take a 6-0 lead (the point-after kick failed).
They would score again in the second quarter when junior running back Henry Buonaguiro capped off a nine play drive with a one-yard touchdown dash. But on the two-point conversion, Haffey was sacked for the first time in the game.
“(Buonagurio) is a workhorse, he did a great job, he had a hell of a game,” said Maimaron.
Following the score, the Dolphins (10-2) marched their way down the field and entered the Dragons territory for their first time of the game, but were left scoreless at the end of the half when junior quarterback Matt Montalto was stopped by Max Randall on the Duxbury three yard line.
Beginning in the second half, the Dolphins drove the length of the field and produced their only score of the game, as junior running back Joe Furness scored on a six yard run to end a 13-play drive. They then ramped up the pressure on the Dragons offense, recovering a Buonagurio fumble in the third quarter, as well as forcing a drive of eight plays to end with a punt.
“I love to know that the team trusts me, coach trusts me. I made a couple of mistakes, but the team was there for me,” said Buonagurio.
With time running out, the Dolphins reverted to their first half habits and watched Montalto struggle to connect with any of his receivers or halfbacks, as well as lose yards too. The Dragons manhandled the Dolphins offensive line by recording two sacks and an interception on their final two drives to end the game.
Once the final whistle blew, Buonagurio had nothing but positive things to say when asked about his opponent.
“They were a great team, very classy. They were not dirty players; they have a ton of class. Good coaches, good players, good team,” said Buonagurio.
Now with only one win remaining, Maimaron can only hope that their third goal can be reached once they take the field on Saturday against Concord-Carlisle.
“It is pretty good when you can set goals like that at the beginning of the season. We knew we had a talented team, didn’t think we were going to be 12-0 right now, but we are and hopefully we get one more,” said Maimaron.
DUXBURY 19, DENNIS-YARMOUTH 7
D-Y 0 0 7 0 --- 7
DUX 6 6 0 7 --- 19
Dux - Andrew Buron 40 pass from Kane Haffey (kick failed)
Dux – Henry Buonaguiro 1 run (pass failed)
DY – Joe Furness 6 run (John Terrio kick)
Dux – Haffey 1 run (Tucker Hannon kick)