Tough Loss playing Touchdown Tag

Tough Loss playing Touchdown Tag

Written and photographed by Maya Z.

The previously undefeated D1 Midgets lost their first game of the season this past Sunday afternoon. Bridgewater, a highly-ranked Division 1 team, snapped Duxbury’s winning streak with a score of 16-14. 

“We certainly have a few things to improve upon,” said Coach Pat Smith, “but the kids play hard and I’m proud of them. And we played a good team.”

With just a two point difference in the last quarter, everyone was on the edge of their seats while watching Duxbury’s eighth grade team play against their worthy opponent. Unfortunately, despite their strenuous effort, the Duxbury team came up short.

Duxbury went into the game looking strong. 

“We’ve been really physical,,” said quarterback Finn Carley, “we’ve been putting points on the board and our offensive line is just killing it this year.”

However, the offense was slow to start on Sunday.  

There was not much action in the first half, until Rob Heppenstall, cornerback, intercepted a pass with just 3 seconds left until half time. Alex Barlow, running back, also ran some good yardage early into the second quarter. 

Despite the chilly weather, things quickly heated up going into the second half of the game. Carley was quick on his feet and ran for several yards but unfortunately it was brought back due to a penalty on holding by Duxbury. 

The resilient Duxbury team quickly made up for the penalty in the next play with a 50-yard bomb from Carley to Barlow to the five yard line. Not done yet, Carley then scores the first touchdown of the game with a run as the crowd goes wild. 

In order to get into the right mentality, Carley has a certain routine.

“Right before the game the team gets really hype but I like to keep it calm and composed to get in the zone.” 

Bridgewater soon gained revenge with a touchdown and two point conversion making the score 8-6. 

Hutch Rose, a running back for Duxbury, was a key component in Sunday’s game, which may or may not be the result of a pep talk fromtt his dad. Not long after Bridgewater scored, Rose goes for the 78-yard-run to get the touchdown, giving Duxbury the lead. 

Turning the tables one final time is Bridgewater’s running back, Owen Howlett with another touchdown and two point conversion, giving Bridgewater the final lead of 16-14. 

Bridgewater’s coach, Stephtggano D’Emilia, was happy to get the win. 

“We came into the game expecting exactly what had just happened: a tough, tough battle. But Duxbury’s quarterback is pretty good. He’s tough to corral.” 

Despite the loss, the Duxbury team had positive things to look back on. 

“Bridgewater is the best team in the league,” said Rose, “they have really powerful players and we did really well scoring the ball; we just need to hold it together at the end.”

Both teams fought hard until the end, but Duxbury just fell short after lots of battling.

“The goal today is not to win an 8th grade football championship,” said Coach Smith, “it’s just to learn about themselves [to] become better football players and prepare them to continue playing the sport.¨

Hutch Rose catches the punt right before scoring a touchdown. 

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Adam Barr was a key part of the team both offensively and defensively.

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Teammates Alex Barlow and Finn Carley celebrate after a touchdown.

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Alex Barlow doing his job to put the Dragons in the lead.

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