By Daniel F.
The DHS football team are heading to the state championship game. They went an impressive 10-1 and are ranked #1 in the state.
Coach Maimaron doesn’t agree with the rank. He said, “It’s just opinions. That doesn’t mean anything until you prove it on the field. Being ranked so high for so long it’s just added pressure to us each week, which the team has responded to thus far and hopefully it continues.”
The first eight games the Dragons won in blowouts. They scored a lot of points and were able to hold their opponents to only a few scores. Two of the last four games, against Stoughton and North Attleborough, were considerably closer. Duxbury beat Stoughton 35-21 and North Attleborough 26-19. They then went on to beat Beverly 41-14.
At this point the Dragons’ record was 10-0. Senior Wide Receiver David C. said, “I think we’ve been very successful this year because we’ve been working for four to five months every single day, going out to practice and it’s been a success.” Also, Junior Center George R. said, “Everyone’s put in a lot of work, a lot of time in the field and a lot of time in the weight room. It’s paid off.”
During the annual game on Thanksgiving Day against Marshfield, Duxbury decided not to put any of their starters on the field. They had members of the JV team play against members of the Marshfield Varsity team. Marshfield quickly put up points on the board ending the first quarter 27-0. They got two more touchdowns in the second quarter ending the half at 40-0, Marshfield.
In the third quarter, the Dragons held the Rams to only a touchdown with the score being 46-0. Marshfield got another touchdown in the fourth quarter beating Duxbury 53-0. Duxbury’s record fell to 11-1.
Although this was an upsetting loss, Duxbury is still heading to the championship game at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, December 3rd. Junior Middle Linebacker Brad B. said, “It’s pretty cool to think about what we’re going to do there and playing where my idols are playing.” Also, freshman Linebacker Charlie C. said, “I think it’s gonna be pretty exciting. It’s definitely an experience that you’ll never forget. It’ll be great.”
Coach Maimaron said, “I think the [best part of the team is the] camaraderie. There’s no egos on this team. Everyone wants to win and different weeks there’s different kids stepping up. Everyone wants to their part and their piece. It might be taking a block instead of taking a tackle on defense. They are willing to that on this team and they’re all playing for each other.”