SCITUATE, Mass. – As high school football rivalries go, the Patriot League Keenan Division matchup between Hingham and Duxbury has been especially spirited the past few seasons.
Friday night’s contest between the two schools did not disappoint.
Held at Scituate High – as the home team Harbormen await the completion of their new turf field, expected to be finished for next weekend’s homecoming – Duxbury staged a 30-26 second-half comeback win behind the arm of freshman quarterback Bobby Maimaron (11-for-23, 176 yards, 4 TD, 2-point conversion, 2 INT).
Filling in for injured starter and senior quarterback Sean McCarthy (high ankle sprain), Maimaron helped the Green Dragons improve to 3-1 (2-0 Keenan) and overcome an early 14-0 deficit and three turnovers on their first three possessions.
On Duxbury’s fourth drive, Maimaron found senior wideout Wes Quinzani (5 receptions, 128 yards, 2 TD, 2-point conversion) for a 21-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter. Senior Tyler Powers, who finished 2 of 3 on point-after tries, missed the extra point putting Hingham up 14-6.
Approximately four minutes later, the Harbormen responded when senior kicker John Fisher split the uprights on a 31-yard field goal to give Hingham a 17-6 lead, a score which stood until halftime.
But Hingham opened the second half by committing two fumbles on its first two drives, mistakes which led to 15 unanswered Duxbury points and a 21-14 lead for the Green Dragons.
First, Maimaron found senior Victor Moitinho from 11 yards out for a touchdown with 8:59 remaining in the third quarter. Then, Maimaron connected with Quinzani a play later for the two-point conversion.
Trailing 17-14, Duxbury – set up seconds later by a second Hingham fumble deep in its own territory – added a Maimaron-to-Jack Snow 16-yard touchdown connection with 8:38 left in the third quarter to give the Green Dragons their first lead.
“In the first quarter they got [their turnovers],” said Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron, who is also Bobby’s father, “and then we got the turnovers in the third quarter. And we were able to capitalize.”
Bobby Maimaron added his fourth touchdown pass on Duxbury’s third drive of the third quarter when he hit Quinzani from seven yards out. Powers converted the PAT to give the Green Dragons a 28-17 advantage.
“The third quarter was awesome,” Coach Maimaron said. “The third quarter we just executed on, I think, almost every single snap, on both sides of the ball.
“We’re a good football team when we play like that in the third quarter. We just had some bad luck there in the first quarter. Those turnovers hurt. But we didn’t crumble. Our kids faced that adversity and bounced back.”
Though Hingham added a Fisher 32-yard field goal with 10:02 left in the fourth quarter and a 26-yard touchdown play when reserve senior quarterback Caleb Brodie found junior Stewart Fay in the back of the end zone, a failed 2-point conversion and unsuccessful onside kick attempt left the Harbormen trailing 28-26 with just over five minutes remaining.
Hingham’s hopes were dashed with 1:26 left in the game when Duxbury junior defensive tackle Matt Boyle sacked Hingham’s Brodie in the end zone for a safety.
“I was right down here,” Bobby Maimaron said as he pointed to where the safety occurred. “I was watching, actually, Boyle, who made the play. He got by his guy and hit the QB and that was huge. That finished it.”
For Hingham, which dropped to 2-2 (0-1 Keenan), it was a night marred by frustration and missed opportunities.
Despite winning the turnover battle four to two, Hingham was unable to avoid its own costly mistakes which essentially let Duxbury back into the game.
“You get turnovers, you make turnovers,” Hingham coach Paul Killinger said. “You make them hurt. When we made the turnovers they made us hurt. Good teams do that. Both teams are good teams.”
Hingham senior defensive lineman John Henry Johnson scored the game’s first points when he picked off Bobby Maimaron and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown. The Harbormen made it 14-0 with 3:33 left in the first quarter when on their next drive, which began inside Duxbury’s 20-yard line following a Green Dragons fumble, Harbormen senior running back Sam Benger scampered in from 8 yards out.
Along with losing to Duxbury, it also appears the Harbormen will be without senior quarterback Joey Spaziani, who sustained a leg injury in the closing seconds of the third quarter. The game was stopped for approximately 15 minutes as Spaziani lay writhing in pain on the turf, before being taken off on a stretcher and then to the local hospital by ambulance.
“’Good luck,’ that’s all you can say,” Killinger responded when asked what he told Spaziani as he lay on the field. “I’ll spend the evening at the hospital with his family . . .
“He’s done. He’s done. It’s broken, probably two, if not three, places.”