SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. -– Sure, Michael Dunn has a Super Bowl ring in his trophy case, but that was before he asserted himself as one of the best athletes to come through Dennis-Yarmouth in recent memory.
Dunn was just a freshman standing on the sidelines when the Dolphins captured their first Superbowl in program history in 2011. His older cousin Matt Montalto quarterbacked that charge to a perfect 13-0 season.
Two seasons later, the Dolphins returned to the big stage, reaching the inaugural MIAA Division 4 State Championship, thanks to Dunn’s breakout junior campaign. The lethal duo of quarterback Spencer Tyler and the human Swiss Army knife that is Dunn left defensive coordinators scrambling to the whiteboard. D-Y dished off nine consecutive wins on their way to Gillette, where they fell to Doherty in a heartbreaking 28-26 loss.
With the departure of Tyler, the Dolphins are now under the reigns of Dunn, who is looking to orchestrate another Superbowl run -- but unlike last year, finish the job.
“Winning the Super Bowl is not something as a coaching staff we are hammering in right now,” Dolphins coach Paul Funk said, who is entering his 13th season. “I think the senior leadership we have is talking about that.”
Dunn is no stranger to quarterbacking his team. Throughout youth football Dunn took snaps, leading his junior Dolphins to a Super Bowl in sixth grade and a semifinal appearance in eighth grade.
“I’ve been practicing there throughout my career and I finally get that shot,” Dunn said. “I played quarterback through youth football as well, it’s the same offense and we’ve always been practicing it.”
With Dunn taking snaps under center this season, defenses won’t have to worry as much about where the point of attack is coming from. But that doesn’t mean Dunn and the offense won’t be just as potent.
The Dolphins' patented option attack becomes that much more dangerous with L.K. Metz in the backfield and three returning starters to offensive line (Zack Mancini, Nick Coelho and Chip Evangelista). The moment defenses begin stacking the box for the run, Dunn has the ability to open the field up with his arm, and emerging threat Andrew Jamiel has the hands and speed for the home-run toss.
“We’re feeling pretty good,” Dunn said. “Obviously our goal is to get back to Gillette, we have a good team coming back.”
Despite losing a talented senior class in the offseason, Funk is excited about this season’s offense. Sitting behind Dunn on the depth charts is junior Ian Crosby, which opens the playoff even further.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if there were times Crosby was under center and Dunn lines up in the slot,” Funk explained. “He’s one of those kids who can do it all and him running our triple option from quarterback is definitely something that we like. It changes the dynamic a little but wherever you put him he causes issues for the defense.”
While Dunn steals the headlines for his offensive production, it’s on the defensive side of the ball where he is getting attention from scouts. As a junior, Dunn was one of the best cover-corners in the game but turning to senior year, Dunn looks to figure as a safety, where he is being heavily recruited by a number of Div. 1 schools.
Currently, he holds offers from New Hampshire and Rhode Island and has received interest from UMass, Connecticut, Boston College, Villanova as well as the entire Ivy League.
But for now, that’s just an after thought. Right now the only thing that matters is one last game under the lights of Gillette Stadium.