Saturday, December 6, 2014

Postgame Blog: Cohasset Gets Revenge and MIAA D6 Title

By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

After running into a buzz saw against Littleton in last year's MIAA Division 6 football championship, Cohasset turned the tables on the Tigers Saturday.

Behind a big day from senior running back/defensive back Cole Kissick (No. 27 pictured above), the Skippers avenged last season's defeat with a 35-22 win on a dreary morning at Gillette Stadium.

Early on it looked like we might have a repeat of last year's blowout Littleton win, as the Tigers marched 68 yards on 7 plays, culminating in a 15-yard Chris Renaccio touchdown catch from Connor Bassett.

The Skippers would answer quickly, however, with a 77-yard run from Kissick (187 yards rushing, 1 TD) on the first play from scrimmage of their next drive. Kissick broke the 100-yard mark less than six minutes in, and Cohasset would take over from there.

Kissick would make his presence felt on defense as well, laying a monster hit on Griffin Shoemaker to force a punt, leading to a Nick Hall touchdown that gave Cohasset its first lead at 14-8.

Early in the second half, Cohasset quarterback Daniel Axelson rolled out left against the grain and dropped a dime to junior receiver John Donohue, resulting in a 25-yard touchdown and extending the Skipper lead to 21-8.

The Tigers threatened again late in the third, but an Alex Norton sack of Bassett forced a turnover on downs that led to another Nick Hall touchdown run.

Early in the fourth, Adam Benson would pick off Bassett and, though his run back touchdown came off the board due to a block in the back, the Skippers would score moments later on an Axelson option keeper, pushing the Cohasset lead to 35-8.

The Skipper defense bounced back from last year's disappointing performance, forcing three turnovers, all of them interceptions of the normally ball-secure Bassett.

Offensively, it was utter domination by the Cohasset line, which pulled and created room in their iso and counter based running game. Kissick and Hall had plenty of room to work, and the Skippers rushed for a total of 281 yards on the day.

A bright spot for Littleton was the play of Renaccio, who grabbed six catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, but it would not be enough against a physical and hungry Cohasset squad.

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